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Not Politically Correct

Black-face was used in both stage and film, left over from vaudeville and other forms of entrainment . It lingered till the 1950s and and a television version of "Amos and Andy" would hit the airwaves. A popular radio show for years, but all the parts were played by Whites.

Black-face would no longer be tolerated, but unfortunately Black stereotypes would be tolerated

The show was a mixed bag, well acted by who had been denied roles before. Many of the actors would go on to well established show business careers .

 

The show would play on television in reruns until the 1970s. The NAACP and other groups protested the airing and they have not played on TV since then.

 

Strange as it may seem most of my show business friends "Of Color" have collections of this series in their stash. Many admire the productions, but do not like that for years it was the only thing out there, reinforcing stereotypes Since there is a greater diversity of products out there, may be the old show might be used as a lessen in today's world.

 

This photo is from my Aunt Ida's show biz days, 1915 she is sitting in the middle of the group. Remarkably she grew up and acted during this time in America. She was free of any racial baggage as she aged into the 1950s until her death in the 1980s.

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Taken on September 11, 2007