Theater

The Moviegoer: June 25-July 1

The Moviegoer: June 25-July 1

Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films In the first half of the 20th century, hundreds of movies coined “race films” were created by black writers and directors, mostly outside of the Hollywood system. These films starred all black casts in stories that eschewed the negative stereotypes seen in mainstream studio movies. These films, which were marketed to and largely seen by black audiences, offered actresses such as Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements and Cathryn Caviness the kind of meaty leading roles that would likely pass the modern Bechdel Test. More than half of these film were lost over time, but the California African American Museum will screen five of...

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