African Americans on the Silver Screen

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This year's Academy Awards nominations include an unprecedented three nominations for African-American in the leading actor/actress categories. The roles include a famous prizefighter, a cop on the verge of going off the edge, and a wife of an executed murderer who falls for her white executioner.

There are more roles available to black actors these days than mammies, servants, and side kicks, but can there be equality and equity on the silver screen? Tonight, a look at African-American's in the cinema.


Garen Daly, On Point's movie maven and owner of the Dedham Community
Theatre in Dedham, Massachusetts

Jesse Algeron Rhines, Professor of Political Economy in the African-American and African Studies Department at Rutgers University

This program aired on March 1, 2002.


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