What was an important characteristic of the '50s?
Whites assumed Black roles.
Who was Dorothy Dandridge?
-Black actress,whose mother was an entertainer (Ruby)
-Rarely played Blacks, because of her European features. Only played a Black role in two movies
-had troubled marriages, including Harold Nicholson; had a mentally retarded daughter
ex. Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun
Who is Sidney Poitier?
-Bohamian actor (director and producer) who provided a different represenation of Blacks
-criticized for playing characters that were too good to be true
- good friends with Harry Belafonte and 10 yr relationship with Diahann Carrol
-refused to kiss white women on screen