That's Black Entertainment - African-American Contributions in Film and
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Two-tape set. On tape one, Race Movies: The Early History of Black
Cinema, discover the beginning of black filmmaking from its earliest
days through the '20s. This historic film focuses on the movies that
were made and the production companies that produced them. Also
included are three original short films that were shown in movie
houses prior to feature presentations: St. Louis Blues, starring
Bessie Smith, Hi-De-Ho, starring Cab Calloway and Boogie-Woogie
Dreams, starring Lena Horne. The elegant sights and sounds from some
of the biggest names in American music are compiled on tape two, Black
Music Videos from the 1940s. These 16 three-minute music videos,
called "Soundies," were originally screened on a visual jukebox called
Panorams during the 1940s. Artists include Nat "King" Cole, Ida James,
Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, June Richmond and Count Basie. 106 mins.