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Introduction to Colorism and Black Female Stereotypes

by Thomeka Watkins

“The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ~ Chimamanda Adichie… 514 more words

Hattie McDaniel

”I’d rather make $700 a week playing a maid than earn $7 a day being a maid.” ~ Hattie McDaniel


A prime example of a black entertainer whose career was shaped and limited by colorism is wildly popular actress of the 1940s and first black Oscar winner, Hattie McDaniel. 583 more words

Dorothy Dandridge

“If you have a part of white America in your soul, and a part of black America in your spirit, and they are pulling against each other, your values, if any clear ones exist to begin with, can get lost or unsettled. 523 more words

Stereotypes and the Effect of Racism on Dandridge’s Career

Despite being described as one of the most beautiful women to be booked to sing at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, breaking attendance records at said hotel and many others, and her myriad of other accomplishments, her treatment at some establishments were undeniably the antithesis of beautiful. 912 more words

The Legacy of Marilyn Monroe vs. Dorothy Dandridge

“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night.” ~ Ella Fitzgerald… 708 more words


Abramovitch, Seth, and Austin Hargrave. “The Heyday and Heartbreak of Oscar’s First   Black Winner.” Hollywood Reporter 421.7 (2015): 146-49. Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text… 115 more words


Eddie Green Biography Named 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist

‘Eddie Green: The Rise of an Early 1900s Black American Entertainment Pioneer’ about legendary Black composer, actor, and filmmaker is recognized by independent publishing book award… 438 more words