Monday, January 18, 2010


Since it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the early African American players that prepared the ground for the greater, although far from perfect, opportunities enjoyed in the entertainment industry today.

Juanita Moore

Bert Williams

Louise Beavers

Duke Ellington

Hattie McDaniel (shown receiving her Academy Award from Fay Bainter)

Nat King Cole Jr.

Lena Horne

Cab Calloway

Josephine Baker

The immortal 'Satchmo,' Louis Armstrong


  1. I love that pic of Louise Beavers. The impish look in her eyes pretty much sums up why she is one of my favorite actresses.

  2. Willie Best in "High Sierra" rocks, he's very funny.