Fellas of Silent Cinema

African American Actors of the Silent Film Era Abrams, Edward Alexander, Chester A. Allen, Charles Bates, Leo Bates, Lester Beard, Matthew (a/k/a Stymie) Bishop, Andrew Brooks, Clarence Broomfield, Leroy (a/k/a Sugarfoot) Brown, George Edward Brown, R. L., Dr. Burris, Jim Burrough, James Catlin, George Chenault, Jack Chenault, Lawrence Collins, Claude Connor, Edgar Cook, Jimmie Cornick,…

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Silent Queens

African American Actresses of the Silent Film Era Allen, Anna Lou Anderson, Ida Askins, Ida Baker, Josephine Barr, Edna Beavers, Louise Birdsong, Sylvia Bowman, Laura Boyd, Kathryn Boyd, Mildred Brown, Anita Buford, Daisy Burwell, Myra Bush, Anita Carrols, Vivian Clements, Flo Clough, Inez Cohee, Regina Conley, Nelly a/k/a Madame Sul-Te-Wan Conn, Irene Dabney, Ardelle Darden,…

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January 10 – Happy Birthday Teresa Graves

(January 10, 1949 – October 10, 2002) Singer and actress, Teresa Graves was born in Houston on this date in 1949. Graves started her career as a singer with the Doodletown Pipers, an easy listening vocal group.  Later she turned to acting full time.  Her first big television appearance was on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In program in 1969…

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Richard Maurice

Richard Danal Maurice was born in Matanzas, Cuba on June 14, 1893. In 1903, Maurice immigrated to the United States. He lived in Detroit, where he eventually owned and operated a tailor’s shop. In July 1920, he founded The Maurice Film Company which released two feature films, made several years apart. Our Christianity a/k/a Nobody’s…

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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson, nicknamed “the Galveston Giant,” was the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion. John Arthur “Jack” Johnson was born on March 31, 1878, in Galveston, Texas. The son of ex-slaves and the third of nine children, Johnson possessed an air of confidence and drive to exceed beyond the impoverished life his parents had…

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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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