Category: Film/TV

  • Fri, 1873-09-12

    Madame Sul-Te-Wan, an African American actress, was born on on this date in 1873. Wan was the first Black woman contracted to appear in one of...

  • Mon, 1881-04-18

    Noble Johnson was born on this date in 1881. He was a nineteenth century African American actor and producer.

    From Marshall, MO. Johnson...

  • Wed, 1884-01-02

    On this date we recall the birth of Oscar Micheaux in 1884. He was an African American novelist, businessman, and pioneer filmmaker who was best...

  • Tue, 1888-10-30

    On this date we celebrate the birth of Tim Moore, an African American actor and entertainer, in 1888.

    Harry Roscoe "Tim" Moore was the son...

  • Mon, 1889-10-07

    On this date, we mark the birth of Clarence Edouard Muse, born in 1889 in Baltimore. He was an African American lawyer, writer, director,...

  • Fri, 1893-07-14

    Spencer Williams Jr. was born on this date in 1893. He was an African American film and TV actor and director.

    Born in Vidalia, Louisiana...

  • Mon, 1895-06-10

    This date marks the birthday of Hattie McDaniel in 1895. She was an African American actress, one of the greatest American character actresses...

  • Sun, 1895-10-20

    Rex Ingram, an African American actor, was born on this date in 1895.

    He was born on a houseboat on the Mississippi River near Cairo, IL...

  • Sun, 1896-07-26

    Evelyn Preer was born on this date in 1896. She was an African American actress and singer.

    She was the oldest of three children born...

  • Wed, 1896-09-02

    Amanda Randolph was born on this date in 1896. She was an African American actress.

    Born in Louisville, KY, she and her younger sister...

  • Sat, 1896-10-31

    This date marks the birth of Ethel Waters in 1896. She was an African American entertainer, vocalist, and actress.

    Born in Chester,...

  • Fri, 1897-03-19

    *This date marks the birthday of Moms Mabley, born in 1897. She was an African American vaudeville performer and comedian, the first Black woman...

  • Wed, 1898-12-14

    Lillian Randolph was born on this date in 1898. She was an African American actress.

    Born in Louisville, KY, she and her older sister...

  • Wed, 1899-03-01

    Ruby Dandridge was born on this date in 1899. She was an African American entertainer.

    Born in Wichita, Kansas, Ruby Jean Butler was the...

  • Tue, 1901-07-09

    Jester Hairston was born on this date in 1901. He was an African American choral composer and actor.

    The grandson of slaves from the...

  • Wed, 1901-09-04

    *On this date in 1901 Mantan Moreland was born. He was an African American actor.

    From Monroe, Louisiana, Moreland ran away to join the...

  • Sat, 1902-03-08

    *This date recalls the birth of Louise Beavers in 1902. Known for her character roles, she was an African American film and television actress...

  • Fri, 1902-05-30

    On this date in 1902, Step'n Fetchit was born. He was an African American actor known for his stereotypical film portrayal of Black minstrel...

  • Tue, 1902-12-23

    *Vivian Harris was born on this date in 1902. She was an African American Comedian, Chorus Girl and Longtime “Voice of the Apollo.”

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  • Wed, 1903-12-23

    *On this date in 1903, Fredi Washington was born. She was an African American actress, writer, dancer, and singer.

    From Savannah, Georgia...