Exhibit Shines Spotlight on Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood

Iris Hall as Eve Mason in “The Symbol of the Unconquered” (1920). USA. Directed by Oscar Micheaux | Courtesy of the California African American Museum

In the first half of the 20th century, black women were largely relegated to playing mammy and jezebel roles. A new exhibition reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color.

Source: Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood are Saved from Obscurity in New Exhibition

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