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)

Gladys Knight (1944- )

Gladys Maria Knight is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 28, 1944, to Sarah and Merald Knight Sr. and began singing in church as a child. At age seven, she gained minor fame after … Read MoreGladys Knight (1944- )

The Colored Players (1926-1929)

The Scar of Shame Movie Title Page “Image Ownership: Public Domain” The Colored Players Film Corporation was a silent film production company based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early twentieth century. Though short-lived, it was able to add some much needed respectability to black … Read MoreThe Colored Players (1926-1929)

The Lafayette Players (1915-1932)

The Lafayette Players were a dramatic stock company composed entirely of African American actors.  Originally from Harlem, this first of its kind group introduced audiences to the idea that black actors were capable of taking on a variety of roles and displaying a much greater … Read MoreThe Lafayette Players (1915-1932)