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Lorraine Hansberry

(1930—1965)

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Alexis Deveaux

Alexis Deveaux  

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(b. 1948), poet, playwright, novelist, short fiction writer, editor, lecturer, performer, educator, activist, and prize-winning essayist and author of children's stories.Born 24 September 1948 in New ...
Alice Childress

Alice Childress  

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(1920–1994),African-American play-wright and novelist; born in Charleston, South Carolina, she grew up in Harlem, New York. She became an actress in the late 1930s and was director of the ...
Beneatha Younger

Beneatha Younger  

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A character in the 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, is a mild parody of the author of the play, Lorraine Hansberry at age twenty, and has no precedent on the American stage. The daughter of Mama Lena ...
black theatre

black theatre  

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In BritainAlthough a few black actors and playwrights had been at work in Britain since early in the twentieth century (Kobina Sekeye's The Blinkards was published in 1907) and ...
Chicago Renaissance

Chicago Renaissance  

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An important step toward adequate recognition of black women writers, the Chicago Renaissance has attained increasing acceptance as a center of African-American culture between the end of the Harlem ...
Claudia McNeil

Claudia McNeil  

(b. 13 August 1917; d. 25 November 1993), actor.Claudia McNeil had a long and distinguished career in American theater; however, the critically acclaimed actor was perhaps best known for ...
Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen  

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(b. 16 January 1950), director, writer, producer, and choreographer.Ambitious, talented Debbie Allen has broken ground for black women in a variety of roles, primarily behind the scenes of the ...
Diane Oliver

Diane Oliver  

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(1943–1966), naturalist southern black feminist writer.Diane Alene Oliver lived only twenty-two years, but she left a legacy of short stories to earn her recognition. Born 28 July 1943, Oliver grew ...
Douglas Turner Ward

Douglas Turner Ward  

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(b. Burnside, Los Angeles, 5 May 1930)Actor, director and playwright. He was until 1988 artistic director of the Negro Ensemble Company, which he founded in 1967 with Robert Hooks ...
Esther Rolle

Esther Rolle  

(b. 8 November 1920; d. 17 November 1998), actor.Esther Rolle graced the stage and screen in a variety of roles beginning in the 1960s. Through her performances she sought ...
film Industry

film Industry  

Cinematography, on which many experiments were made in various countries, became feasible after the advent of celluloid film in 1889 and subsequent innovations in the motion film camera and the ...
George C. Wolfe

George C. Wolfe  

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(b. Frankfort, Ky., 23 Sept. 1954).Playwright, director. He came to prominence with The Coloured Museum (1986), a satire on contemporary black life which was also seen in London, and ...
Grandmothers

Grandmothers  

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Who is the grandmother? What does she signify—to her community and to the writer? Shaped primarily by culture, concepts vary widely. Although there is a common understanding of the grandmother ...
James Baldwin

James Baldwin  

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(1924–87),black American novelist. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), set in Harlem, was followed by several on a more international scale, dealing with both homosexuality and the ...
Julia Fields

Julia Fields  

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(b. 1938), poet, short fiction writer, teacher, and dramatist.Growing up on an Alabama farm, Julia Fields imbibed a love of nature, words, and the cadences of biblical language from both parents and ...
Larry Neal

Larry Neal  

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(1937–1981), poet, essayist, editor, playwright, critic, filmmaker, folklorist, and one of the Black Arts movement's spiritual journeymen.Born Lawrence Paul Neal to Woodie and Maggie Neal in Atlanta, ...
lesbianism

lesbianism  

(lez-bi-ăn-izm)a pattern of sexuality in which a woman is sexually attracted to, or engages in sexual behaviour with, another woman. See also homosexuality.—lesbianadj., n.
Lloyd Richards

Lloyd Richards  

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(b. Toronto, 1923)Director and educator. After beginning as an Off-Broadway actor, he achieved major directorial success with the Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun ...
Lonne Elder, III

Lonne Elder, III  

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(b. Americus, Ga., 26 Dec. 1931; d. Los Angeles, 11 June 1996)Playwright, actor and screenwriter. Along with Lorraine Hansberry, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins and Douglas Turner Ward, Lonne ...
Mama Lena Younger

Mama Lena Younger  

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Is a domestic worker and matriarch of the Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun (1959) by Lorraine Hansberry. Played in the original production by Claudia McNeil, a large darkskinned actress, Lena ...

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