By Charlene B. Regester
For the 1st half the 20th century, the simplest insurance of blacks in entertainment--especially the constructing movie industry--was within the newspapers released and circulated by way of the African American group. This annotated bibliography provides to the 1st quantity with quick access to leisure assurance in extra of the main influential black newspapers in the course of that point: the Pittsburgh Courier and the California Eagle. those papers have been chosen for his or her large move, proximity to the 2 significant American geographical facilities for movie creation, and their prime quality assurance of leisure. The chronological association permits the reader to track advancements in leisure from the early days of movies to mid-century. Quotations from the articles provide a style of every newspaper's type, and huge indexing offers easy access to names, titles, and topics, making the booklet a useful reduction to researchers.
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Local social and musical organizations are requested to act as patrons for this recital. 515. May 16. Mamie Smith Creates Hit at the Elmore. Pittsburgh Courier. p9. Mamie Smith continues to win over audiences with her singing, comedy, and beautiful costumes. In this performance, she was joined by stage manager Bobby Bramlett, comedian Alex Lovejoy, and several chorus girls. 516. May 16. Theatrical Comment. Floyd G. Snelson. Pittsburgh Courier. p10. This week’s local performances include Florence Mills with Will Vodery’s Orchestra, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Charles S.
22 569. July 11. A. Circuit News. Pittsburgh Courier. p9. The performances booked for this week include the show “How Come,” Whistling Pete, Strong and Banks, Madam “Ma” Rainey and her Jazz Hounds, and the William Benbow Company. 570. July 11. “Vision of Harry Wills in Sensational Victory Over Champ Grows,” Says Writer. Jack Lawrence. Pittsburgh Courier. p13. Harry Wills performed so well in his victory over Charley Weinert that even his critics concede he is the best in the heavyweight division, though the thought of “the Brown Panther” holding the title troubles many.
A. Circuit News. W. R. Arnold. Pittsburgh Courier. p10. A. Circuit this week include the Sam Gray company in New Orleans; “Ma” Rainey in Birmingham, Alabama; Bessie Smith in Bessemer, Alabama; and Roscoe Montella’s company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 654. September 26. Whitney and Tutt’s “Smarter Set” Group Coming to Elmore. W. R. Arnold. Pittsburgh Courier. p10. Whitney and Tutt’s “Smarter Set” company is considered one of the best shows featured in the New Jersey area, and it includes ﬁne performances by “songbird” Mabel Ridley, the “bronzed beauty chorus,” and musical director Cuney Connor.