Film/TV

Black actors, directors, producers, and writers within the industry.

Filmmaker Haile Gerima born


Halle Gerima

*Haile Gerima was born on this date in 1946. He is an Ethiopian American filmmaker.

Born in Gondor, Ethiopia in 1946, Gerima is the fourth child of ten children. His father was a writer and his mother a teacher. As a youth Gerima performed in his father's theater troupe, which presented original and often historical drama, always submersed in the genuine culture of Ethiopia.   Gerima came to the U.S. in 1967 to study at the Goodman School of Drama. He slowly realized that "with cinema I could control many more things than n the theatre."

TV Exe. Dennis Johnson born


Dennis Johnson

*Dennis Johnson was born this date in 1945. He was an African American Television producer and director.

From Kenbridge, Va., and attended Temple University and UCLA. While studying at UCLA in the 1970s, Johnson began working at NBC as a page, for the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He then climbed the production ladder as an associate producer before moving into the programming department.

Gloria Reuben born


Gloria Reuben

*Gloria Reuben was born on this date in 1964. She is a Black Canadian actress and dancer.

Smart, Tall and Beautiful, Tamara Dobson


Tamara Dobson

*Tamara Dobson was born on this date in 1947. She was an African American actress and fashion model.

Dick Anthony Williams born


Dick Anthony Williams

*Dick Anthony Williams was born on this date in 1934. He was an African American actor.

Williams was born on the South Side of Chicago and spent four years of his childhood in a hospital being treated for polio. In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, he said being hospitalized had its advantages. It kept him safe, he said, and he “ate well.” But, he added, “It’s very gratifying now to see an iron lung and not have to get into it.”

William BuckWheat Thomas born


William BuckWheat Thomas

*BuckWheat Thomas was born on this date in 1931. He was an African American child actor best remembered for portraying the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films.

Jamaa Fanaka, film director and media activist


Jamaa Fanaka

*Jamaa Fanaka was born on this date in 1942. He was an African American film director and media activist.

He was born Walter Gordon in Jackson, Miss., one of five children of Robert and Beatrice Gordon. His parents moved to the Los Angeles area when he was a boy. His father was an electrician. After serving in the Air Force, he was adrift until he entered a community college film program, which led him to the U.C.L.A. film school.

Al Freeman Jr., actor and teacher


Al Freeman Jr.

*Al Freeman Jr. was born on this date in 1934. He was an African American actor, writer and college (drama) professor.

Della Reese, a multi-talented entertainer


Della Reese

*Della Reese was born this date in 1931. She is an African American actress, singer, television star and ordained minister.

Sinbad is very very funny


Sinbad

*Sinbad was born on this date in 1956. He is an African American comedian, writer and actor.