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Alvin Childress

Alvin Childress  

(b. 10 September 1907; d. 19 April 1986),actor and comedian. Alvin Childress, best known for his portrayal of Amos Jones in the controversial television version of the Amos ’n’ ...
Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett  

(b. 16 August 1958),television, stage, and film actor. The Oscar-nominated actor Angela Bassett has managed to attain success while maintaining personal integrity and social conscience. Although her ...
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby  

(b. 12 July 1937),comedian, actor, philanthropist. When Bill Cosby, the wealthy, well-educated, mild-mannered comedian, goes on stage and begins a monologue of funny stories relating to his ...
Chris Rock

Chris Rock  

(b. 7 February 1966),stand-up comedian and screen actor, also credited as a director and film producer. Christopher Julius Rock III was born in Andrews, South Carolina, to Julius and ...
dance

dance  

Dance attendance on do one's utmost to please someone by attending to all their requests.dance of death a medieval allegorical representation in which a personified Death leads people to the grave, ...
Danny Glover

Danny Glover  

(b. 22 July 1946),actor, film director, and humanitarian activist. Born in San Francisco, California, Danny Lebern Glover became one of the most acclaimed actor-activists of the late twentieth and ...
Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington  

(b. 28 December 1954),actor, director, and humanitarian. Denzel Jermaine Washington Jr. was born in Mount Vernon, New York. His minister father's passionate performances in the pulpit and hours spent ...
Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge  

(b. 9 November 1923; d. 8 September 1965), actor.Dorothy Dandridge was not the first black woman to star in Hollywood films. Nina Mae McKinney, Fredi Washington, and Ethel Waters ...
Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy  

(b. 3 April 1961),performer. Murphy has been one of Hollywood's most prolific talents. He was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Murphy and Charles ...
Entertainment Industry and African Americans

Entertainment Industry and African Americans  

African American entertainment traditions were well established by 1890. The first black theater was the African Grove in New York, founded in 1821 and featuring Ira Aldridge, one of the ...
Film and television 2: Film-makers and actors

Film and television 2: Film-makers and actors  

Definitions of black films and black television programmes have varied over time. In the 1980s the issue was to conquer media space for distinctly black representations, and cultural critics like ...
Halle Berry

Halle Berry  

(b. 14 August 1968), actor, producer, model.In 2002 the highest honor for a film actor, the Oscar, was awarded for the first time to an African American female, Halle ...
Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne  

(b. 30 July 1961),actor. Laurence Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia, to Laurence Fishburne Jr., a corrections officer, and Hattie, a schoolteacher. After his parents’ separation, his mother ...
Pam Grier

Pam Grier  

(b. 26 May 1949),actor. Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Pamela Suzette Grier became the queen of the 1970s “blaxploitation” films that were manufactured for and marketed to the African ...
Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson  

(1898–1976)Black US singer and actor.Robeson was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of a Presbyterian minister and schoolteacher, and was a leading athlete at Rutgers University. Although he ...
Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson  

(b. 21 December 1948),actor. Samuel Leroy Jackson was born in Washington, D.C., the only child of Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery), who worked in a factory before becoming a supplies ...
Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers  

(b. 23 May 1910; d. 22 November 1986),actor, singer, and musician. Born Benjamin Sherman Crothers in Terre Haute, Indiana, Crothers began his musical career as a teenage drummer in ...
Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes  

(b. 31 July 1962),actor. Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, and grew up in the South Bronx, New York. Snipes, who is a martial arts expert, attended ...

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