Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood

Bright Boulevards Bold Dreams The Story of Black Hollywood In Bright Boulevards Bold Dreams Donald Bogle tells for the first time the story of a place both mythic and real Black Hollywood Spanning sixty years this deliciously entertaining history uncovers

  • Title: Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood
  • Author: Donald Bogle
  • ISBN: 9780345454195
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams, Donald Bogle tells for the first time the story of a place both mythic and real Black Hollywood Spanning sixty years, this deliciously entertaining history uncovers the audacious manner in which many blacks made a place for themselves in an industry that originally had no place for them Through interviews and the personal recollectionsIn Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams, Donald Bogle tells for the first time the story of a place both mythic and real Black Hollywood Spanning sixty years, this deliciously entertaining history uncovers the audacious manner in which many blacks made a place for themselves in an industry that originally had no place for them Through interviews and the personal recollections of Hollywood luminaries, Bogle pieces together a remarkable history that remains largely obscure to this day We discover that Black Hollywood was a place distinct from the studio system dominated Tinseltown a world unto itself, with unique rules and social hierarchy It had its own talent scouts and media, its own watering holes, elegant hotels, and fashionable nightspots, and of course its own glamorous and brilliant personalities Along with famous actors including Bill Bojangles Robinson, Hattie McDaniel whose home was among Hollywood s most exquisite , and, later, the stunningly beautiful Lena Horne and the fabulously gifted Sammy Davis, Jr we meet the likes of heartthrob James Edwards, whose promising career was derailed by whispers of an affair with Lana Turner, and the mysterious Madame Sul Te Wan, who shared a close lifelong friendship with pioneering director D W Griffith But Bogle also looks at other members of the black community from the white stars black servants, who had their own money and prestige, to gossip columnists, hairstylists, and architects and at the world that grew up around them along Central Avenue, the Harlem of the West.In the tradition of Hortense Powdermaker s classic Hollywood The Dream Factory and Neal Gabler s An Empire of Their Own, in Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams, Donald Bogle re creates a vanished world that left an indelible mark on Hollywood and on all of America.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. This is a very detailed chronology of the back stories and contexts within which Hollywood evolved from the African American perspective This includes not just the well known actors but also the studio system, night club scene, the film industry, musicians, choreographers, and host of other lesser know key players and roles integral to the development of Hollywood Also included is a chronology of the connected among mediums such as film, tv, radio, press in developing Hollywood as we know it tod [...]


    2. Such a fantastic book Too bad California is broke now, there s so much glorious history to be rebuilt and reclaimed downtown especially Central Avenue and its glamorous black past Donald Bogle is a true master of Hollywood history.


    3. A decent look into the history of Black movers and shakers in Old Hollywood Although I found the book informative, like another commenter stated, the book s faults derive from the authors focus on the social aspect of those a part of Hollywood, rather than the historical aspect of those in film itself.


    4. Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams The Story of Black Hollywood by Donald Bogle is a fascinating look at a segment of societal history that few of us have ever much thought of, much less explored Bogle takes us into the world of the black performers who worked in Hollywood from the 1920s through the 1950s He offers us a thoroughly researched account that is not only based on books and articles but peppered with quotes from the many, many interviews the author conducted with those who were there What [...]


    5. Good history of the first 60 years of black Hollywood taking a look at black actors, the geographic boundaries of black Hollywood and its shift over the years, black studios, and how black Hollywood existed in a segregated environment.


    6. Part of why I didn t like this so much isn t really the fault of the author However, I was hoping for something about black roles in Hollywood movies, instead this book is about black social lives in Hollywood.


    7. Great Book about some of the great African American trail blazers in tv and film and the struggles they endured just because they were black.


    8. It certainly is not a must read as the cover touts, but it was an interesting recap of race relations in Hollywood.



    9. I loved it The picture he painted of early black Hollywood are beautiful Well researched and we ll presented He s a master of this genere


    10. A very detailed yet joyfully readable work that fills in so many gaps, it must return to Home Depot to purchase the necessary additional caulk.


    11. Bogle s book is less about race movies as they used to be called than the social professional world of blacks in Hollywood, from actors to shoeshine guys to singers to servants though a lot of servants parlayed their connections into successful careers Unsurprisingly like the rest of the country the obstacles were steep, with constant, frequently unfulfilled optimism that This Is The Year The Barriers Go Down though in the 1940s and 1950s a lot of them, from professional to social, did If at tim [...]


    12. Excellent resource when searching for the African american Hollywood experience from the beginning when the first black appeared in a film, Central Avenue history, and many other tales and historical information about black Hollywood Includes some addresses of some of the famous actors who lived in the famous mansions within the Adams District aka Sugar Hill.


    13. An excellent overview of Black Hollywood, from its origins with Madame Sul Te Wan and her work with DW Griffith to the late fifties and touching on the early 1960s You really understand what an integral component Central Avenue was to that culture, and how things changed the closer blacks came to equality Loved it.


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