Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker

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All That’s Black: Maria P. Williams

Maria P. Williams writer, producer, actor: Photo Credit: Colombia University Thanks to the early accomplishments of Williams, as the first Black woman to produce, write and act in her own movie in 1923, The Flames of Wrath, we have female directors and producers like Oprah, Ava DuVernay, and Shonda Rhimes. Beyond film, the former Kansas…

All That’s Black: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks, director, photographer: Photo Credit: Gordon Park’s Self Portrait "I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera." Parks, the youngest of 15 children, was born to a farmer and attended a segregated…

All That’s Black: Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman, Track Star: Photo Credit: Bettman “I've always believed that I could do whatever I set my mind to do.” Growing up in Albany, Georgia, the soon-to-be track star got an early start running on dirt roads and jumping over makeshift hurdles. She became the first African American woman from any country to win…

All That’s Black: Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters, Actor, director, producer, singer: Photo Credit: Travelanche “The white audiences thought I was white, my features being what they are, and at every performance I'd have to take off my gloves to prove I was a spade.” TW// Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse Ethel Waters was born in 1896, a result of her mother’s…