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Black Hollywood, Then and Now

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Black Hollywood, Then and Now

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Black Hollywood, Then and Now

Black Hollywood, Then and Now

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In Hollywood's infancy, African-Americans had few roles — or jobs — to choose from. The Oscars were out of reach for talents such as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Paul Robeson or Lena Horne. We look behind the scenes in Black Hollywood.

Guests:

Donald Bogle, authority on African Americans on Film; professor, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; author, Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood