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The Earliest Clips Of Black People On Film On Record

The Earliest Clips Of Black People On Film On Record
Courtesy Of The Black Film Center/Archive At Indiana University

Watermelon Contest 1896

3 Men Dance 1894

Women Washing Clothes at St. Vincent, B.W.I. 1903

A Woman Bathes Her Child 1896

Little Boy Dancing 1897


  1. said...

    Awwwwwwwh, man.

    I totally wanted to see these, Tambay.

    Cool post.

    When I clicked on each, there was a message saying they can't be seen.


  2. The Obenson Report said...

    Hmmm... I just checked on 2 different computers, and I was able to see them on both. Might be something within your computer settings preventing you from doing so...


  3. said...

    They're working now.

    Too cool. LOL.

    I Love Three Men Dancing.

    How neat!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Uh, don't you know when I first tuned in, my dumbazz was turning up the volume. LMAO.

  4. Wendy said...

    Hmm... So the depiction of black people on film as entertainment, domestic yet erotic (half naked launderes) and the black female as hard and aggressive in everyday life (demented woman bathing baby) is not new then.

    I'd love to know who captured these various images.

    I guess it could/would be argued that black folks back then weren't doing anything worth capturing on film that wasn't wild, savage and entertaining.

    My, how things have changed...!

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