By Donald Bogle
Through interviews and the non-public reminiscences of Hollywood luminaries, Bogle items jointly a impressive historical past that continues to be principally imprecise to at the present time. we find that Black Hollywood used to be a spot exact from the studio-system-dominated Tinseltown–a global unto itself, with certain ideas and social hierarchy. It had its personal expertise scouts and media, its personal watering holes, dependent resorts, and classy nightspots, and naturally its personal glamorous and outstanding personalities.
Along with recognized actors together with invoice “Bojangles” Robinson, Hattie McDaniel (whose domestic was once between Hollywood’s such a lot exquisite), and, later, the stunningly appealing Lena Horne and the fabulously proficient Sammy Davis, Jr., we meet the likes of heartthrob James Edwards, whose promising profession was once derailed via whispers of an affair with Lana Turner, and the mysterious Madame Sul-Te-Wan, who shared a detailed lifelong friendship with pioneering director D. W. Griffith. yet Bogle additionally appears to be like at different individuals of the black community–from the white stars’ black servants, who had their very own cash and status, to gossip columnists, hairstylists, and architects–and on the global that grew up round them alongside critical road, the Harlem of the West.
In the culture of Hortense Powdermaker’s vintage Hollywood: The Dream manufacturing facility and Neal Gabler’s An Empire in their personal, in vivid Boulevards, daring desires, Donald Bogle re-creates a vanished international that left an indelible mark on Hollywood–and on all of America.
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