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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the history of African-American films and filmmaking.


Six Superlative Sources

· Null, Gary, 1975, Black Hollywood: The Negro in Motion Pictures. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-0592-3. A comprehensive guide of early black films and the earliest black, often racist and degrading images in mainstream films. Discusses the emergence of race movies and black character growth in film up to the 1960s and early 1970s. Highlights the on-screen talent, producers, studios, and production companies, and the social and political climate from which these films emerged. Contains many photos and production stills.

· Bogle, Donald, 2001, Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films. 4th edition. Continuum Press. ISBN 0-8264-1267-X. An updated and expanded history lesson about African Americans in feature films from the silent era to Spike Lee's Malcolm X. As the book's title suggests, it explores the images, social thought and attitudes of the time that gave birth to these historically racist and stereotypical character types. Includes photos and production stills.

· Berry, S. Torriano, and Venise T. Berry, 2001, The 50 Most Influential Black Films. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-2133-3. A historical selection of influential black films from William Foster's "The Railroad Porter," 1912, to Malcolm Lee's trend-changing "The Best Man," 1999. Films are structured by decade and include society profiles, review summaries, interviews, an extensive bibliography, and many complimentary production stills. Interviews include Herb Jeffries, Gordon Parks, James Earl Jones, Haile Gerima and Uzhan Palcy.

· Thomas, Pamela A., 1994, Midnight Ramble: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies. Documentary film. The American Experience/WGBH-Boston and Northern Light Productions. An in-depth documentary exploring the making and emergence of race movies. Historical footage and interviews with film pioneers and noted film historians including Herb Jeffries, Pearl Bowser, Carlton Moss, Jr., and Clyde Taylor.

· Stewart, Jacqueline, and TreaAndrea Russworm. Black Film Research Online. University of Chicago. Search by categories of black film culture: Archives and Library Collections; Scholarship; Internet Resources; Festivals; Filmmakers; Filmfinder. Covers the black representation in cinema from the late 19th century to the present.

· Newsom, Ted, 1997, A Century of Black Cinema. Documentary film. Passport Video. ASIN 6-3046-8127-5.

Other Excellent Sources

· McCluskey, Audrey T. Black Film Center Archive.


· Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

· Black Filmmaker Magazine Online.

· York, Steven, 1975, Black Shadows on a Silver Screen. Documentary film. The American Documents Series, Post-Newsweek Stations. ASIN 6-3002-0961-X.

· Cripps, Thomas, 1973, Black Film as Genre. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-2532-0227-2.

· Cripps, Thomas, 1993, Making Movies Black: The Hollywood Message Movie from WWII to the Civil Rights Era. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-1950-7669-9.

· Yearwood, Gladstone L., 1999, Black Film as a Signifying Practice: Cinema, Narration and the African-American Aesthetic Tradition. African World Press. ISBN 0-8654-3715-7.

· Leab, Daniel J., 1975, From Sambo to Superspade: The Black Experience in Motion Pictures. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-3951-9402-4.

· Martin, Michael T., 1982, The Afro-American Image in Film and Television: The Legitimization of Racial Divisions in the American Social Order. Presence Africaine, vol. 124, pp. 144-167.

· Cham, Mbye B., 1988, Black Frames: Critical Perspectives on Independent Black Cinema. MIT Press. ISBN 0-2625-3080-5.

· Diawara, Manthia, 1993, Black American Cinema. Routledge Press. ISBN 0-4159-0397-1.

· Guerrero, Ed, 1993, Framing Blackness: The African-American Image in Film. Temple University Press. ISBN 1-5663-9126-6.

· Reid, Mark A., 1993, Redefining Black Film. University of California Press. ISBN 0-5200-7902-7.

· Parrish, James Robert, 1989, Black Action Films: Plots, Critiques, Casts and Credits for 235 Theatrical and Made for Television Releases. McFarland and Company. ISBN 0-8995-0456-6.

· Rhines, Jesse Algeron, 1992, Black Film/White Money. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2267-6.

· Null, Gary, Black Hollywood: From 1970 to Today, 1993, Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-1216-4.

· Bowser, Pearl, Oscar Micheaux and His Circle: African-American Filmmaking and Race Cinema of the Silent Era, 2001, Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-2533-3994-4.

· Ogle, Patrick, 1994, Facets African-American Video Guide. Facets Multimedia, Academy Chicago Publishers. ISBN 0-89733-402-7.

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