Clarence Brooks

(1896-1969) Clarence Brooks was born in San Antonio, Texas in December 1896. In 1915, Brooks along with actor Noble Johnson, Noble’s brother, George Johnson, Dr. James T. Smith, and Dudley A. Brooks formed The Lincoln Motion Picture Company, a company that sought to make films correcting distortions of African American images in motion pictures while also…

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Sidney P. Dones

(1888-1947) Sidney Preston Dones was born in Marshall, Texas in 1888. After graduating from Wiley College in 1905 he moved to Los Angeles. In 1906, Dones moved to El Paso, Texas where he unsuccessfully tried to establish an African-American colony in Mexico.   Returning to California, he began to prosper by buying and selling real estate.  He…

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In The Depths of Our Hearts

Details: Year of Release: 1920 Genre:  Drama Rating: N/A Runtime: Unknown Black & White Silent Studio: Royal Garden Film Company Producer: Unknown Director: Unknown Cast: Herman DeLavalade Augusta Williams Irene Conn Virgil Williams Charles Allen Synopsis The mother of a light-skinned Black family raises her children to avoid the company of dark-skinned Blacks. The son,…

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Reformation

Details Year of Release: 1920 Genre: Drama Rating: N/A Runtime:  Not Available Black & White Silent Studio: The Loyalty Film Company (f/k/a Democracy Film Corporation) Director: Captain Leslie T. Peacocke Cast Sidney P. Dones (Carter Spencer) Geraldine Steele (Clarice Penlow) Synopsis Carter Spencer has a taste for flirtation, gambling and drinking. He falls in love…

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Top Five

a/k/a Finally Famous Release Date:  12/12/14 (In Theaters) Genre:  Comedy Rating:  Unknown Running Time: Unknown Studio: Paramount Pictures Director: Chris Rock Cast: Chris Rock (Andre), Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler, Cedric The Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Sherri Shepherd, Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Vereen, Anders Holm, Romany Malco. Story: Tells the story of…

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The Choir Director

Release Date:   2/5/18 (TBA) Genre:  Drama Rating: NR Running Time: Unknown Studio: Urban Books Media Director: Trey Haley Cast:  Darrin Dewitt Henson (Aaron Mackie), Christian Keyes (Dante Wilson), Clifton Powell (Bishop T.K. Wilson), Valarie Pettiford (First Lady Charlene Wilson), Denise Boutte (Simone Wilcox), Drew Sidora (Tanisha), Kellita Smith (Anita Emerson), Roger Guenveur Smith (Trustee Jonathan…

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