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Black Entertainment

1853

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1801-1900
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Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield (the Black Swan) debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and performs before Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace a year later.

1871

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1801-1900
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On October 6, Fisk University's Jubilee Singers begin their first national tour. The Jubilee Singers become world-famous singers of black spirituals, performing before the Queen of England and the Emperor of Japan. The money they earn finances the construction of Jubilee Hall on the Fisk University campus.

1878

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1801-1900
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Marie Selika Williams becomes the first African American woman entertainer to perform at the White House when she presents a musical program to President Rutherford B. Hayes and assembled guests.

1892

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AA
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1801-1900
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On June 15 operatic soprano Sissieretta Jones becomes the first African American to perform at Carnegie Hall.

1901

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1901-2000
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On October 11, when Bert Williams and George Walker record their music for the Victor Talking Machine Company, they become the first African American recording artists.

1921

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1901-2000
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Shuffle Along by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake opens on Broadway on May 23. This is the first major play of the Harlem Renaissance.

1923

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1901-2000
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In September, the Cotton Club opens in Harlem.

1929

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AA
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1901-2000
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Fats Waller's musical, Aint Misbehavin, opens on Broadway.

1932

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1901-2000
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Dudley Murphy releases the film The Emperor Jones starring Paul Robeson.

1934

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1901-2000
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After operating under a number of names, the Apollo Theater opens under its current name in Harlem.

1955

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1901-2000
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On January 7 Marian Anderson becomes the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

1925

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GAH
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1901-2000
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American-born Josephine Baker emerges as a popular entertainer in Paris after she appears in the musical La Revue Negre.

1920

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AA
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1901-2000
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Former heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson opens the Club Deluxe in Harlem. Two years later gangaster Owney Madden buys the club and changes its name to the Cotton Club.

1950

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AA
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1901-2000
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Juanita Hall became the first African American to win a Tony award. She was honored for her role in the Broadway play, South Pacific.

1969

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AA
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1901-2000
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Jimi Hendrix headlines the Woodstock Musical Festival near Bethel, New York between August 15 and August 18. Over 500,000 people attend what is to that point the largest musical concert in history.

1971

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AA
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1901-2000
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Beverly Johnson is the first black woman to appear on the cover of a major fashion magazine (Glamour).
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