Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood

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Though almost all actors and directors must struggle to find gainful employment in their profession, this challenge continues to be an even greatest one for many African-American actors. Fortunately, some advances have been made. This film seeks to document the types of discrimination and unique challenges these actors have had to overcome, as well as recent triumphs. Actor Louis Gossett, Jr., hosts this program that uses both older black-and-white film clips, along with color ones, to review the absence and ...
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Though almost all actors and directors must struggle to find gainful employment in their profession, this challenge continues to be an even greatest one for many African-American actors. Fortunately, some advances have been made. This film seeks to document the types of discrimination and unique challenges these actors have had to overcome, as well as recent triumphs. Actor Louis Gossett, Jr., hosts this program that uses both older black-and-white film clips, along with color ones, to review the absence and presence of African-Americans in Hollywood productions over the years. As many viewers know, minority actors continue to be hired more often for lesser comedy roles than positive dramatic ones. However, the film remains upbeat as it praises the talented African-Americans who continue to be trailblazers for many others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • UPC: 014381067521
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louis Gossett Jr. Voice Only
Technical Credits
Velma Cato Director, Producer
Michelle Anton Producer
Kevin Burns Executive Producer
Mimi Freedman Associate Producer
Gail Lewis Producer
Sushmita Vijaya Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Small Steps - Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood
1. Introduction [1:40]
2. Uncle Tom's Cabin [6:06]
3. Stepin Fetchit [3:29]
4. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson [3:36]
5. Paul Robeson [2:16]
6. Imitation of Life [:39]
7. Hattie McDaniel [3:42]
8. Stormy Weather [4:42]
9. Cabin in the Sky [:22]
10. Jazz Was King [:48]
11. The Nicholas Brothers [2:14]
12. Pinky [3:12]
13. Sidney Poitier [3:47]
14. Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte [4:45]
15. Porgy and Bess [2:41]
16. A Raisin in the Sun [1:54]
17. Lilies of the Field [1:35]
18. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner [1:22]
19. Black Power [3:27]
20. The Great White Hope [4:37]
21. Credits [1:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Small Steps - Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood
   Start Feature
   Chapter Index
   Special Features
      Sun Valley Serenade Trailer
      Pinky Trailer
      No Way Out Trailer
      Island in the Sun Trailer
      Carmen Jones Trailer
      The Incident Trailer
      The Great White Hope Trailer
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