Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts)

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On 4 July, 1910, in 100-degree heat at an outdoor boxing ring near Reno, Nevada, film cameras recorded―and thousands of fans witnessed―former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries' reluctant return from retirement to fight Jack Johnson, a black man. After 14 grueling rounds, Johnson knocked out Jeffries and for the first time in history, there was a black heavyweight champion of the world. At least 10 people lost their lives because of Johnson's victory and hundreds more were injured due to white retaliation and wild celebrations in the streets. Public screenings received instantaneous protests and hundreds of cities barred the film from being shown. Congress even passed a law making it a federal offense to transport moving pictures of prizefights across state lines, and thus the most powerful portrayal of a black man ever recorded on film was made virtually invisible.

This is but one of the hundreds of films covered in the Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema, which includes everything from The Birth of a Nation to Crash. In addition to the films, brief biographies of African American actors and actresses such as Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx can be found in this reference. Through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, black-&-white photos, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actors, actresses, movies, producers, organizations, awards, film credits, and terminology, this book provides a better understanding of the role African Americans played in film history.

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S. Torriano Berry is associate professor at Howard University's Department of Radio, Television, and Film. He is an award-winning independent filmmaker who has created and produced the anthology series Black Independent Showcase and Black Visions/Silver Screen: Howard University Student Film Showcase for WHUT - TV 32, in Washington, D.C.

Venise T. Berry is associate professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa. She is the author of three best-selling novels. In 2003, the Zora Neale Hurston Society honored Venise for her Creative Contributions to Literature.

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This entry in the Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts series focuses on a unique category in national cinemas. The chronology and foreword show that the earliest depiction of blacks ranged from a Sambo series of all black comedies to the 1910 Jack Johnson–Jim Jeffries fight film, which was banned when the black fighter won. The introduction covers African American cinema history from the early period, when images were mostly degrading, to the present. The dictionary proper is arranged alphabetically. The volume includes hundreds of films, from Birth of a Nation to Hustle & Flow, with a range of performers from Oscar-winner Halle Berry to Spencer Williams, who, besides being cast as Andy in the Amos 'n' Andy television series, starred in and directed a number of films. Entries for persons include birth and death dates, where applicable; designation (musician, actor, etc.); a short biography; and a filmography. Entries for films include the film title, year of release, running time, and designation (comedy, drama). A brief synopsis follows, and the main cast members, writer, director, and musician(s) are listed. Also here are entries for awards, producers, events (the UCLA rebellion, for example, when a group of students at the film school started a black independent filmmaking movement during the 1970s), and general topics. The appendixes offer lists of award winners as well as top-grossing African American films, films directed by African American women, and films directed by African American men. A concise bibliography and a brief list of Internet sites complete the volume. There are also a few selected black-and-white photographs. Although there are omissions (for example, no mention in her entry that Angela Bassett is married to Courtney Vance, and no entry for him), the dictionary's range is impressive. This volume is recommended for public and college libraries. Hogan, Patricia

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