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by Charlene B Regester

eBook African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960 download ISBN: 0253354757
Author: Charlene B Regester
Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (May 24, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 405
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Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses

Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She reveals how these women fought for their roles as well as what they compromised (or didn't compromise). Regester repositions these actresses to highlight their contributions to cinema in the first half of the 20th century, taking an informed theoretical, historical, and critical approach.

Charlene Regester’s book covers extremely important subject matter: the lives and representations of Black women in Hollywood from 1900 to 1960. Regester’s choice of time period and subjects speak to the development of the film industry and the huge social changes that took place over those decades. It’s interesting to look at the time period she covers through today’s lenses and ask to what degree things have changed

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NC Bookwatch Excerpt: Charlene Regester, P. Author "African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960"-North Carolina Bookwatch Host . Martin talks with author and" UNC-Chapel Hill African and Afro-American Studies Assistant Professor Charlene Regester about her book "African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960. The book focuses on the lives and careers of black women actresses in Hollywood who fought a constant battle against racial stereotyping, demeaning roles and racism

African American Actresses book. Charlene Regester fills a gap in scholarship about African American actresses from 1900-1960.

African American Actresses book. She focuses on nine black actresses during this period: Madame Sul-Te-Wan, Nina Mae McKinney, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Hattie McDaniel, Lena Horne, Hazel Scott, Ethel Waters, and Dorothy Dandridge. Often they are marked by their invisibility in a white world yet these trailblazers fought racial discrimination both on and off the screen. In many ways they paved the way f This is an amazing book. This is an amazing book.

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Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses.

Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She reveals how these women fought for their roles as well as what they compromised (or didn't compromise). Regester repositions these actresses to highlight their contributions to cinema in the first half of the 20th century, taking an informed theoretical, historical, and critical approach.

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MisTereO
For years I have been looking for biographical profiles of black actresses - with the biography of Hattie McDaniel and Lena Horne's recent autobiography, there was still one black actress that I wanted to know more about and that was Louise Beavers. However, the biographical sketches in this book are a mere 2 to 3 pages at most. The rest of the chapters on each actress is devoted to discussing the issue of race in their film career - which was not what I was looking for. The author indicated that Hattie McDaniel wanted to be buried in Rosedale Cemetery and despite restrictions due to her race, she became the first black interred there. Yet, no mention is made of McDaniel's original request to be buried at Hollywood Memorial Park (now Hollywood Forever) which was denied due to her race. I also feel that the studio system, writers, and creators of 1933's King Kong (in the chapter on Nina Mae McKinney) did not put all the symbolism on race into the film that the author sees. This was the studio system and they were cranking out films. If you want a textbook full of essays, this is the book for you. If you are looking for biographical material, continue to look.
Questanthr
Published in 2010, this book has continued and perhaps even stronger relevance today as issues related to the representations of blacks in film have garnered increased international attention – case in point: the recent #oscarssowhite controversy.

Charlene Regester’s book covers extremely important subject matter: the lives and representations of Black women in Hollywood from 1900 to 1960. Through Regester’s extensive research and careful analysis, we get a look at both gender and race dynamics in the American film industry.
Regester’s choice of time period and subjects speak to the development of the film industry and the huge social changes that took place over those decades. It’s interesting to look at the time period she covers through today’s lenses and ask to what degree things have changed. The book certainly provides context for where we are today.

African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility is extremely well researched with numerous accounts from African American newspapers and press sources from the time periods covered. I also found it fascinating to see the struggles faced by the women both within and outside of their communities. For example, Hattie McDaniel achieved a degree of movie success but also had to deal with how her roles were viewed by the black community. Many African Americans found her roles demeaning.

I highly recommend this important work. What Regester uncovers and explores about the actresses (including Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, and Dorothy Dandridge among others) is a fascinating and important contribution to research in this area.
in waiting
Very well written and insightful. Particularly enjoyed the section on Dorothy Dandridge.