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African American Academy Award Winners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) annually salutes actors and films “of merit”.  The nominees and winners of these awards are selected and voted on by members of AMPAS.  Members are also nominated and selected by the Executive Boards and must have made a significant contribution to the field of motion pictures.  […]

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Quincy Delight Jones

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. – March 14th in African American History

March 14, 1933 Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., trumpeter, music conductor and arranger, record producer, and film composer, was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1951, Jones won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, but abandoned his studies when he received an offer to play in the band of Lionel Hampton.

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James Baskett

James Baskett – February 16th in African American History

February 16, 1904 James Baskett, actor and the first male performer of African descent to receive an Oscar, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Baskett appeared on Broadway in the all-black musical revue “Hot Chocolate” in 1929. He also appeared in a number of all-black films, including “Harlem is Heaven” (1932) and “Straight to Heaven” (1939).

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Paul Edward Winfield

March 7th in African American History – Paul Edward Winfield

March 7, 2004 Paul Edward Winfield, television, film and stage actor, died. Winfield was born May 22, 1939 in Los Angeles, California.

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Charles Henry Fuller, Jr.

March 5th in African American History – Charles Henry Fuller, Jr.

March 5, 1939 Charles Henry Fuller, Jr., playwright and novelist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Fuller attended Villanova University before serving in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle College in 1967 and was a co-founder of the Afro-American Arts Theater in Philadelphia that […]

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Dexter Keith Gordon

February 27th in African American History – Dexter Keith Gordon

February 27, 1923 Dexter Keith Gordon, jazz tenor saxophonist and actor, was born in Los Angeles, California. Gordon played the clarinet from the age of 13 before switching to the saxophone at 15. Between 1940 and 1943, Gordon was a member of the Lionel Hampton Band and in 1943 he made his first recording under […]

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Sidney Poitier

February 20th in African American History – Sidney Poitier

February 20, 1927 Sidney Poitier, actor, director, author, and diplomat, was born in Miami, Florida. At 17, Poitier moved to New York City and joined the American Negro Theater. He made his film debut in “No Way Out” (1950) and his breakout role was in “Blackboard Jungle” (1955). In 1959, Poitier acted in the first […]

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