In 1920, Oscar Micheaux became the first African-American to produce a
feature-length film (The Homesteader). In 1931, he made the sound
feature-length film (The Exile), the first such by an African American.
Black filmmakers have since been following suit.
In the new book American Tapestry: The Story of
the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, Rachel L. Swarns uncovers
the family history of the first African-American first lady of the
US, the first in that role to be the descendant of slaves. At
the same time, she reveals the complexities of Black life in America.
For American Tapestry not only reflects the lives of four generations of
a Black family, it also reflects the cultural and political history of
This year has been an exciting one for Black actors, directors,
producers and playwrights to showcase their talents and broaden their
expertise on The Great White Way. The 2011 – 2012 season was also
especially pleasing for theatergoers, who were offered a range of
narratives in regard to Black life.
The lack of appropriate role models on television has always been
worrisome to leaders in the African American community. However, a new
animated children’s series that features a six-year-old Black girl named Doc McStuffins who aspires to become a doctor one day
like her mother is providing inspiration to young Black