This is the continuation of the series When we were Colored. Third installment of the collection. I hope that the earlier volumes were helpful. My job is only to find, compile and organize. This early film history can never be forgotten or lost. Even as I write these words, some of our earliest known film works are vanishing. Hopefully my effort will help our youth take a look back at some of the good things about the so called "good old days."This book is a collection of some of the early films/movies and shorts. Directed, produced, starring, featuring African Americans. Or Persons of Color. The time frame is the turn of the century. Up until the early 1960's. The genre was known as Race Films or Race Movies. During this time period America was still going through the Jim Crow and just out of Slavery complex. Movie theaters were set up based on skin color. For example if you were Black then you had to attend a Black or Colored theater. The same would apply if you were White. This in turn also caused a separation in the way movies were made. By having such a cultural divide the movies of the time would reflect the same. Just imagine if you will, if you have a White Clark Gable. Then of course you would also have a Black Clark Gable. This was totally noticeable in the film world. Some of the posters in this book will reflect this feeling and concept.This is a brief collection of some of the posters,promo material and Lobby cards from that era. i hope that you enjoy this collection as much as I have. I have tried to list the films in chronological order. Based on availability and documented evidence. Some of the images may appear grainy or of low resolution. If that is the case, that means that was the only available image I could find at the time of the printing of this book. In some cases only Lobby cards are Shown. That would mean that no known poster exist.If this book is well received by you, the public. I will continue my historical journey. I will continue to do more research and compile more Vintage posters, promo material and Lobby cards. Thanks to everyone that helped me on this long and tedious endeavor.We can never forget the pioneers of Early cinema. Lincoln film company, Norman Studios, Oscar Micheuax and we can not leave out Thomas Edison. Film has something magical about it. Allowing time to be frozen, If only for that brief moment. See you in volume # 4
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About the Author. Author and Photographer Al W. Blue II has published more than 13 books: African Americans on Album Covers, Race Records and the Poster's of the Era, Race Records and The African American Men who made them Famous, African Americans & Sheet Music Covers an Odd love Affair and Who Makes this Stuff Up?, Book of Strange Facts Volumes 1-3,Street Art volumes 1-3,African Americans on historical posters, Race records and the women who made them Famous and Hey! that's not Nice volumes 1 and 2. This is the author's first book on all things third. Born in Pompano Beach Florida and raised in Brooklyn New York. Al attended Pratt Institute and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. His first book, Culture Shock was published by a small publishing company in 1981. He has worked on many film and video productions over the course of his life, including: Stage Manager for both the National Black Arts Festival and The Montreux Jazz Festival. Working with Russell Simmons at the very beginning of Def Jam and Rush Management. AL was also briefly Involved with Vernon Reid and The Black Rock Coalition.Asked by his friend, Scott La Rock to be the 1st AD for the acclaimed music video: My Philosophy. Al was also the Audio 2 for The Monique Show. Currently residing in Atlanta Georgia, Al still keeps a small apartment in New York City on the Lower Eastside. Al works as Supervisor for the Chicago based exhibition company Sho-Link Inc. He also owns and runs his own Film and Sound Production company. His TV Show The Notorious M.I.C. also called Musicians International Collective is still on the air. You can watch it on cable television and it can be viewed on YouTube any day of the week. Al has lived abroad on several occasions,these trips included, Paris, France, Spain, Germany, Morocco and many other parts of Africa. Currently working on several film scripts and continually writing new books every year.
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