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Bill Robinson

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Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (May 25, 1878 – November 25, 1949) was an American tap dancer and actor, the best known and most highly paid African-American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century. [1]

135 relations: Abyssinian Baptist Church, Academy Awards, Adam Clayton Powell Sr., Adelaide Hall, Adolf Hitler, Al Jolson, All in the Family, Ann Miller, Annie (musical), Applause (musical), Appointment in Samarra, Arthur Duncan, B. F. Keith Circuit, Benning Race Track, Black Vaudeville, Blackbirds of 1928, Blackface, Bojangles (film), Broadhurst Theatre, Brunswick Records, Bye Bye Birdie, Cab Calloway, Cafe Metropole, Carl Van Vechten, Cemetery of the Evergreens, Charles Strouse, Columbia Records, Columbus, Ohio, Corpse Bride, D. W. Griffith, Dallas, Desegregation, Dixiana (film), Donald Bogle, Drum major, Duke Ellington, Ed Sullivan, Fats Waller, Fifth Avenue, Fourth Army (France), Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fred Astaire, Fredi Washington, Gilbert and Sullivan, Grateful Dead, Gregory Hines, Harlem, Harlem Is Heaven, History of the New York Giants (baseball), Hoofers Club, ..., Hooray for Love (film), Imogene Coca, In Old Kentucky (1935 film), Irving Bacheller, Jackson Ward, James Barton (actor), James Dunn (actor), James Haskins, James Semler, Jeni Le Gon, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jesse Owens, John O'Hara, Just Around the Corner, Larry Norman, Lena Horne, Leo and Diane Dillon, Leonard Sillman, Lew Leslie, Library of Congress, Lupe Fiasco, Major League Baseball, Miami, Minstrel show, Mr. Bojangles (song), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, National Film Registry, National Guard of the United States, National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, National Tap Dance Day, Negro National League (1933–48), New Orleans, New York Black Yankees, New York City, Nicholas Brothers, Nigger Heaven, One Mile from Heaven, Orpheum Circuit, Oxford English Dictionary, Palace Theatre (New York City), Paramount Pictures, Pert Kelton, Phil Baker (comedian), Pickaninny, Racism in the United States, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938 film), Richmond, Virginia, Rifleman, RKO Pictures, Sammy Cahn, Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley Temple, Sing Sing, So Long Ago the Garden, Stand Up and Cheer!, Stepin Fetchit, Stormy Weather (1943 film), Street performance, Swing Time (film), Tap dance, The Big Broadcast of 1936, The Hot Mikado (1939 production), The Lawrence Welk Show, The Little Colonel (1935 film), The Littlest Rebel, The Original Amateur Hour, The Tombs, Tim Burton, Tim Moore (comedian), Uncle Tom, United States Army, United States Congress, United States Senate, Up the River (1938 film), Vaudeville, Webster's Dictionary, Will Rogers, William O'Dwyer, World War I, World War II, 15th Infantry Regiment (United States), 1936 Summer Olympics, 1939 New York World's Fair, 20th Century Fox, 369th Infantry Regiment (United States). Expand index (85 more) »

Abyssinian Baptist Church

The Abyssinian Baptist Church, located at 132 West 138th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1922–23 and was designed by Charles W. Bolton & Son in Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles – it has also been described as "Collegiate Gothic".

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Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

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Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

Adam Clayton Powell (May 5, 1865 – June 12, 1953) was an American pastor who developed the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York as the largest Protestant congregation in the country, with 10,000 members.

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Adelaide Hall

Adelaide Louise Hall (20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993) was an American–born UK–based jazz singer and entertainer.

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Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician, demagogue, and revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945.

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Al Jolson

Al or Albert Jolson (born Asa Yoelson; May 26, c.1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer, comedian, and stage and film actor.

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All in the Family

All in the Family is an American sitcom TV-series that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network for nine seasons, from January 1971 to April 1979.

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Ann Miller

Johnnie Lucille Collier (April 12, 1923 – January 22, 2004), known professionally as Ann Miller, was an American dancer, singer and actress.

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Annie (musical)

Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan.

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Applause (musical)

Applause is a musical with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.

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Appointment in Samarra

Appointment In Samarra, published in 1934, is the first novel by American writer John O'Hara (1905–1970).

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Arthur Duncan

Arthur Duncan (born September 25, 1933) is an American tap dancer, known for his stint as a performer on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1964 to 1982, which made him the first African-American regular on a variety television program.

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B. F. Keith Circuit

The B. F. Keith Circuit was a chain of vaudeville theaters in the United States and Canada owned by Benjamin Franklin Keith for the acts that he booked.

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Benning Race Track

Benning Race Track was a horse racing venue that opened in 1890 on the east side of Washington, D.C..

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Black Vaudeville

Black Vaudeville was based on performances that came out of the movement and style of African Americans.

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Blackbirds of 1928

Blackbirds of 1928 was a hit Broadway musical revue that starred Adelaide Hall, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Tim Moore and Aida Ward, with music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

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Blackface was and is a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person.

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Bojangles (film)

Bojangles is an American biographical drama that chronicles the life of entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878–1949).

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Broadhurst Theatre

The Broadhurst Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 235 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

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Brunswick Records

Brunswick Records is an American record label founded in 1916.

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Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse.

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Cab Calloway

Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was an American jazz singer and bandleader.

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Cafe Metropole

Cafe Metropole is a 1937 American romantic comedy film directed by Edward H. Griffith, released by 20th Century Fox and starring Loretta Young, Tyrone Power and Adolphe Menjou.

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Carl Van Vechten

Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and artistic photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.

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Cemetery of the Evergreens

The Cemetery of the Evergreens is a non-denominational cemetery in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, colloquially called Evergreen Cemetery.

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Charles Strouse

Charles Strouse (born June 7, 1928) is an American composer and lyricist best known for writing the music to such Broadway musicals as Bye Bye Birdie and Annie.

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Columbia Records

Columbia Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony.

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Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is the state capital and the most populous city in Ohio.

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Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride is a 2005 British-American stop-motion animated musical fantasy film directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton with a screenplay by John August, Caroline Thompson and Pamela Pettler based on characters created by Burton and Carlos Grangel.

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D. W. Griffith

David Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 – July 23, 1948) was an American director, writer, and producer who pioneered modern cinematic techniques.

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Dallas is a city in the U.S. state of Texas.

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Desegregation is the process of ending the separation of two groups usually referring to races.

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Dixiana (film)

Dixiana (1930) is a lavish American pre-Code comedy, musical film directed by Luther Reed and produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures.

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Donald Bogle

Donald Bogle is an American film historian and author of six books concerning African Americans in film and on television.

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Drum major

A drum major or field commander is the leader of a marching band, drum and bugle corps, or pipe band, usually positioned at the head of the band or corps.

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Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years.

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Ed Sullivan

Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan (September 28, 1901 – October 13, 1974) was an American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter, and syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate.

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Fats Waller

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer.

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Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States.

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Fourth Army (France)

The Fourth Army (IVe Armée) was a Field army of the French Army, which fought during World War I and World War II.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Sr. (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.

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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter.

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Fredi Washington

Fredericka Carolyn Washington (December 23, 1903 – June 28, 1994) was an African-American dramatic film actress, one of the first to gain recognition for her work in film and on stage.

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Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian-era theatrical partnership of the dramatist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and the composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) and to the works they jointly created.

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Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.

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Gregory Hines

Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer.

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Harlem is a large neighborhood in the northern section of the New York City borough of Manhattan.

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Harlem Is Heaven

Harlem Is Heaven is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama and musical film directed by Irwin Franklyn and featuring a virtually all African-American cast.

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History of the New York Giants (baseball)

The San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball originated in New York City as the New York Gothams in 1883 and were known as the New York Giants from 1885 until the team relocated to San Francisco after the season.

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Hoofers Club

The Hoofers Club was an African-American entertainment establishment and dancers' club hangout in Harlem, New York, in the early- to mid-twentieth century.

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Hooray for Love (film)

Hooray for Love is a 1935 American musical comedy film directed by Walter Lang from a screenplay by Lawrence Hazard and Ray Harris, which was based on an unpublished story by Marc Lachmann titled The Show Must Go On.

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Imogene Coca

Imogene Coca (born Emogeane Coca; November 18, 1908 – June 2, 2001) was an American comic actress best known for her role opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows.

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In Old Kentucky (1935 film)

In Old Kentucky is a 1935 American comedy film starring Will Rogers, Dorothy Wilson and Russell Hardie.

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Irving Bacheller

Addison Irving Bacheller (September 26, 1859 – February 24, 1950) was an American journalist and writer who founded the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States.

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Jackson Ward

Jackson Ward is a historically African-American district in Richmond, Virginia with a long tradition of African-American businesses.

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James Barton (actor)

James Edward Barton (November 1, 1890 – February 19, 1962) was an American vaudevillian, stage performer, and a character actor in films and on television.

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James Dunn (actor)

James Howard Dunn (November 2, 1901 – September 1, 1967) was an American actor.

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James Haskins

James Haskins (September 19, 1941 – July 6, 2005) was a prolific and award-winning author with more than one hundred books for both adults and children.

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James Semler

James "Soldier Boy" Semler was an American sports executive who co-owned the New York Black Yankees of the Negro National League.

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Jeni Le Gon

Jeni LeGon (August 14, 1916 – December 7, 2012), also credited as Jeni Le Gon, was an American dancer, dance instructor, and actress.

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Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker (born Ronald Clyde Crosby; March 16, 1942, Oneonta, New York) is an American country music singer and songwriter.

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Jesse Owens

James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 Games.

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John O'Hara

John Henry O'Hara (January 31, 1905 – April 11, 1970) was an American writer who earned his early literary reputation for short stories and later became a best-selling novelist before the age of 30 with Appointment in Samarra and Butterfield 8.

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Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Irving Cummings.

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Larry Norman

Larry David Norman (April 8, 1947 – February 24, 2008) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer.

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Lena Horne

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an African American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist.

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Leo and Diane Dillon

Leo Dillon (March 2, 1933 – May 26, 2012) and Diane Dillon (née Sorber; born March 13, 1933) were American illustrators of children's books and adult paperback book and magazine covers.

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Leonard Sillman

Leonard Sillman (May 9, 1908 - January 23, 1982) was an American Broadway producer.

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Lew Leslie

Lew Leslie (April 15, 1888 or 1890 – March 10, 1963) was a Broadway writer and producer.

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress (LOC) is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States.

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Lupe Fiasco

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.

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Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

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Miami is a major port city on the Atlantic coast of south Florida in the southeastern United States.

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Minstrel show

The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American form of entertainment developed in the early 19th century.

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Mr. Bojangles (song)


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NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

This page lists the winners and nominees for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.

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National Film Registry

The National Film Registry (NFR) is the United States National Film Preservation Board's (NFPB) selection of films deserving of preservation.

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National Guard of the United States

The National Guard of the United States, part of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces, is a reserve military force, composed of National Guard military members or units of each state and the territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, for a total of 54 separate organizations.

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National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame

The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, in the Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, New York, was established in 1986.

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National Tap Dance Day

National Tap Dance Day falls on May 25th every year and is a celebration of tap dancing as an US-American art form.

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Negro National League (1933–48)

The second Negro National League was one of the several Negro leagues created during the time organized baseball was segregated.

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New Orleans

New Orleans (. Merriam-Webster.; La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

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New York Black Yankees

The New York Black Yankees were a professional Negro league baseball team based in New York City, Paterson, NJ, and Rochester, NY which played in the Negro National League from 1936 to 1948.

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New York City

The City of New York, often called New York City (NYC) or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

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Nicholas Brothers

The Nicholas Brothers were a team of dancing brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000), who performed a highly acrobatic technique known as "flash dancing".

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Nigger Heaven

Nigger Heaven is a 1926 novel written by Carl Van Vechten, set during the Harlem Renaissance in the United States in the 1920s.

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One Mile from Heaven

One Mile from Heaven is a 1937 American drama film directed by Allan Dwan and written by Lou Breslow and John Patrick.

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Orpheum Circuit

The Orpheum Circuit was a chain of vaudeville and movie theaters.

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Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the main historical dictionary of the English language, published by the Oxford University Press.

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Palace Theatre (New York City)

The Palace Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 1564 Broadway (at West 47th Street) in midtown Manhattan, New York City.

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Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Corporation (also known simply as Paramount) is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994.

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Pert Kelton

Pert L. Kelton (October 14, 1907 – October 29, 1968) was an American stage, movie, radio and television actress.

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Phil Baker (comedian)

Phil Baker (August 26, 1896 – November 30, 1963) was an American comedian and emcee on radio.

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Pickaninny (also picaninny, piccaninny or pickinniny) is, in North American usage, a racial slur which refers to a depiction of dark-skinned children of African descent.

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Racism in the United States

Racism in the United States against non-whites is widespread and has been so the colonial era.

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938 film)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Allan Dwan and starring Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, and Bill Robinson.

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Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

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A rifleman is an infantry soldier armed with a rifled long gun.

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RKO Pictures

RKO Pictures was an American film production and distribution company.

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Sammy Cahn

Sammy Cahn (June 18, 1913 – January 15, 1993) was an American lyricist, songwriter and musician.

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Sammy Davis Jr.

Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, musician, dancer, actor and comedian.

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Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple BlackWhile Temple occasionally used "Jane" as a middle name, her birth certificate reads "Shirley Temple".

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Sing Sing

Sing Sing Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in the village of Ossining, in the U.S. state of New York.

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So Long Ago the Garden

So Long Ago the Garden is an album recorded by Larry Norman, released in 1973.

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Stand Up and Cheer!

Stand Up and Cheer! is a 1934 American Pre-Code musical film directed by Hamilton MacFadden.

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Stepin Fetchit

Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry (May 30, 1902 – November 19, 1985), better known by the stage name Stepin Fetchit, was an American vaudevillian, comedian and film actor, of Jamaican descent, considered to be the first black actor to have a successful film career.

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Stormy Weather (1943 film)

Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox.

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Street performance

Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities.

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Swing Time (film)

Swing Time is a 1936 American RKO musical comedy film set mainly in New York City, and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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Tap dance

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion.

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The Big Broadcast of 1936

The Big Broadcast of 1936 is a 1935 American comedy film directed by Norman Taurog, and is the second in the series of Big Broadcast movies.

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The Hot Mikado (1939 production)

The Hot Mikado was a musical theatre adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado with an African-American cast.

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The Lawrence Welk Show

The Lawrence Welk Show was an American televised musical variety show hosted by big band leader Lawrence Welk.

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The Little Colonel (1935 film)

The Little Colonel is a 1935 American comedy drama film directed by David Butler.

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The Littlest Rebel

The Littlest Rebel is a 1935 American dramatic film directed by David Butler.

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The Original Amateur Hour

The Original Amateur Hour is an American radio and television program.

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The Tombs

The Tombs is the colloquial name for the Manhattan Detention Complex (formerly the Bernard B. Kerik Complex), a municipal jail in Lower Manhattan at 125 White Street, as well as the nickname for three previous city-run jails in the former Five Points neighborhood of lower Manhattan, an area now known as the Civic Center.

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Tim Burton

Timothy Walter BurtonTim Burton's middle name is cited as Walter by the Museum of Modern Art on its and covering Burton's career as an artist and filmmaker, though it is cited as William by other sources, such as the (born August 25, 1958) is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator.

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Tim Moore (comedian)

Tim Moore (December 9, 1887 – December 13, 1958) was an American vaudevillian and comic actor of the first half of the 20th century.

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Uncle Tom

Uncle Tom is the title character of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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United States Army

The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces.

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United States Congress

The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States.

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United States Senate

The United States Senate is the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprise the legislature of the United States.

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Up the River (1938 film)

Up the River (1938) is a prison comedy film starring Preston Foster and Arthur Treacher and featuring Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

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Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment.

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Webster's Dictionary

Webster's Dictionary is any of the dictionaries edited by Noah Webster in the early nineteenth century, and numerous related or unrelated dictionaries that have adopted the Webster's name.

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Will Rogers

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma.

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William O'Dwyer

William O'Dwyer (July 11, 1890November 24, 1964) was an Irish-American politician and diplomat who served as the 100th Mayor of New York City, holding that office from 1946 to 1950.

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World War I

World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

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World War II

World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.

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15th Infantry Regiment (United States)

The 15th United States Infantry Regiment is a parent regiment in the United States Army.

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1936 Summer Olympics

The 1936 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele 1936), officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in 1936 in Berlin, Nazi Germany.

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1939 New York World's Fair

The 1939–40 New York World's Fair, which covered the of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair), was the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, exceeded only by St.

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20th Century Fox

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, doing business as 20th Century Fox, is an American film studio currently owned by 21st Century Fox.

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369th Infantry Regiment (United States)

The 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regiment, was an infantry regiment of the New York Army National Guard during World War I and World War II.

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