Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood by Donald Bogle

By Donald Bogle

In shiny Boulevards, daring goals, Donald Bogle tells–for the 1st time–the tale of a spot either mythic and actual: Black Hollywood. Spanning sixty years, this deliciously wonderful heritage uncovers the audacious demeanour during which many blacks made a spot for themselves in an that initially had no position for them.

Through interviews and the non-public memories of Hollywood luminaries, Bogle items jointly a amazing historical past that continues to be mostly vague to at the present time. we find that Black Hollywood was once a spot exact from the studio-system-dominated Tinseltown–a international unto itself, with special principles and social hierarchy. It had its personal expertise scouts and media, its personal watering holes, dependent inns, and classy nightspots, and naturally its personal glamorous and fabulous personalities.

Along with well-known actors together with invoice “Bojangles” Robinson, Hattie McDaniel (whose domestic was once between Hollywood’s so much exquisite), and, later, the stunningly appealing Lena Horne and the fabulously talented Sammy Davis, Jr., we meet the likes of heartthrob James Edwards, whose promising profession used to be derailed through whispers of an affair with Lana Turner, and the mysterious Madame Sul-Te-Wan, who shared an in depth lifelong friendship with pioneering director D. W. Griffith. yet Bogle additionally seems at different participants of the black community–from the white stars’ black servants, who had their very own funds and status, to gossip columnists, hairstylists, and architects–and on the international that grew up round them alongside important street, the Harlem of the West.

In the culture of Hortense Powdermaker’s vintage Hollywood: The Dream manufacturing unit and Neal Gabler’s An Empire in their personal, in shiny Boulevards, daring goals, Donald Bogle re-creates a vanished international that left an indelible mark on Hollywood–and on all of the USA.

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