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49 years ago the world lost a beautiful treasure. Forever the epitome of beauty and grace, Dorothy Jean Dandridge was in a league of her own. With a legacy that continues to live on, it is my sincerest hope that my dearest Dottie is at peace knowing that all the trials and tribulations that she endured have not gone in vain. We owe an immense amount of gratitude to this angel for breaking down countless barriers and opening up so many doors for not only women of color in the entertainment industry, but all women of color period. Thank you, my beautiful Queen.

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Favorite Old Hollywood Stars ➔ Dorothy Dandridge (9 November, 1922 – 8 September, 1965)

It [prejudice] is such a waste. It makes you logy and half-alive. It gives you nothing. It takes away.

Dorothy Dandridge as Aiché in Tamango (1958).

During cinema’s earliest years, most films that dealt with or depicted American slavery did so mainly through the eyes of white characters. Not only was Tamango one of the first films to depict the horrors of slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through (some of) its black characters’ point-of-view, but it was also one of the first films to reenact a slave ship revolt–if not the first film to do so. The revolt was led by the title character, Tamango (played by Alex Cressan).

Tamango was shot and released in France and other parts of Europe, but was initially banned in French colonies and the United States due to the depiction of an interracial “romance” between Aiché (Dandridge) and her owner, the slave ship’s captain (played by Curd Jürgens).

heldupp-deactivated20160303  asked:

My story set is in the 1950s I want to know the things that I have to avoid while writing in such racist era. Also how to write diverse characters in an era where white features where dominant in the media? Especially that the story talks about the movie industry. Is it possible to have characters of colour in hollywood in my story where in real life then it was hard to achieve such positions? Also it is a historical fiction so how to talk about the black movement then? Thank you

POC in the 1950s (USA)

There were actors of color in that time period, but they were either in stereotypical roles i.e. Rita Moreno or they were passing as white i.e. Rita Hayworth. 

In regards to being black in the 50′s, things were still bad and segregation was still untouched. But, things were less strict in the entertainment industry. Interracial dating/marriage was somewhat allowed in the industry and clearly so were interracial friendships. But onscreen, that was a different story. White people could only have platonic relationships with black characters, but if the relationship was sexual, it had to be implied and not shown (i.e. Tamango).

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Dorothy Dandridge played in a 1950s Slave Revolt Film—Who Knew?!?

The film “Tamango” was set during the early 19th century, and groundbreaking for its time, since it dealt with the slave trade and a Dutch slave trader (with his slave cargo) sailing for Cuba. Dandridge played a slave mistress, who is swayed to support a mutiny on the ship.

Of course a 1950s film featuring an interracial romance and slave revolt that’s directed by a blacklisted “Communist” was bound to never see the light of day. Needless to say Tamango didn’t get much distribution. But this information was an interesting deviation from her seminal role as Carmen Jones.