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Slideshow

  • Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake
    Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake
  • Nina Mae McKinney
    Nina Mae McKinney
  • Ethel Waters and Sammy Davis Jr.
    Ethel Waters and Sammy Davis Jr.
PREVIOUSLY PLAYED

AN ALL-COLORED VITAPHONE SHOW

6:20

Monday, May 20

Presented by Ina Archer

Artist and archivist Ina Archer presents early sound shorts starring Black artists, mostly filmed at Brooklyn’s Vitaphone studios, including Yamercraw: A Negro Rhapsody (1929); An All-Colored Vaudeville Show (1935), with the Nicholas Brothers; Gjon Mili’s jazz film masterpiece Jammin’ the Blues (1944); and Duke Ellington, Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake, Nina Mae McKinney, Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, and many more. Dedicated to Ron Hutchinson (see A TRIBUTE TO RON HUTCHINSON on May 28.)