Black L.A. 1947: No Black Writers Invited to Preview of ‘Black Narcissus’

L.A. Sentinel, 1947
July 10, 1947: Earl Griffin, the Sentinel’s Hollywood Spotlight columnist, writes of a press premiere of “Black Narcissus” at the Carthay Circle Theater and notes that “the Negro press has been conspicuous by their absence (not being invited).”

Griffin salutes Bette Davis for opposing racism in an article published in The Californian magazine. He also recommends Mark Hellinger’s “Brute Force.”

L.A. Sentinel, 1947

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One Response to Black L.A. 1947: No Black Writers Invited to Preview of ‘Black Narcissus’

  1. E. Yarber says:

    I have to admit blanking for a second on the Powell/Pressburger film and imagining that the segregation was taking place at the opening of Black ORPHEUS. Not that such barriers are justified for any film, but my fancied exclusion only accentuated how ugly the whole practice was.

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