Academic Historian

Joseph Sgammato teaches English and Film at SUNY/Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York. He has written for Sight and Sound, The Wordsworth Circle, The College Language Association Journal, Senses of Cinema, and other publications. He is a contributor to The Book of Firsts (Anchor Books, 2016); The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018); and The 100 Greatest Literary Detectives (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

He lives with his wife in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Tamara Dobson (1947-2006)

Tamara Dobson was a tall, glamorous model-turned-actress best remembered for playing the title roles in the blaxploitation films Cleopatra Jones (1973) and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975). Like most other blaxploitation leading players, she achieved quick stardom during the era’s heyday, but … Read MoreTamara Dobson (1947-2006)