Category Archives: African Americans

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Noble Johnson Emancipates African Americans With Lincoln Film Co.

Note: This is an encore post from 2019. Recognized for playing Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and Latinos in “King Kong,” “The Mummy,” “The Ten Commandments” and many others throughout his long film career, African American Noble Johnson achieved greater renown … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: ‘Hollywood’s Architect | The Paul R. Williams Story’ – A Moving Portrait of Renowned Black Leader

Courtesy of KCET/PBS SoCal. Long renowned for its excellent documentaries and intelligent programming, KCET PBS SoCal premieres another strong work with its moving portrait of pioneering African American architect Paul R. Williams in “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story.” … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Kiwanis Refuse to Give Lottery Winner a New Cadillac Because He’s Black

Note: This is an encore post from 2018 that is getting lots of interest on Reddit. This is a story that involves a $1 lottery ticket, a new Cadillac and an incredible amount of stupidity by members of an ostensibly … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Noble Johnson Emancipates African Americans With Lincoln Film Co.

Recognized for playing Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and Latinos in “King Kong,” “The Mummy,” “The Ten Commandments” and many others throughout his long film career, African American Noble Johnson achieved greater renown for establishing Lincoln Motion Picture Company in 1916, … Continue reading

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Feb. 6, 1959: Paul Coates — Butch Harris Joins Cub Scouts at Last

Feb. 6, 1959: Paul Coates writes a happy ending to the Lewis “Butch” Harris saga. This comes after the Sentinel reported a different outcome. Coates’ column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on latimes.com in … Continue reading

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January 1959: Butch Harris’ Fight to Join the Cub Scouts

Ten years ago, when we were doing the Daily Mirror blog at latimes.com, several of us wondered what became of Butch Harris and his attempt to join the Cub Scouts. Fortunately, the L.A. Sentinel is online and we have an … Continue reading

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Dec. 10, 1958: Paul Coates – Mothers Seek to Bar Black Boy From Cub Scouts

Dec. 10, 1958: Here’s Paul Coates’ earlier column about Butch Harris, the young African American boy who was denied admission to the Cub Scouts.. The column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1958 and was republished on latimes.com in … Continue reading

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Jan. 17, 1959: Lakers Back Elgin Baylor in Refusing to Stay at Segregated Hotel

Jan. 17, 1959: Keith Thursby has the story of the Minneapolis Lakers moving out of a hotel in Charleston, W.Va., after operators refused to give a room to rookie Elgin Baylor and two other black players. Baylor boycotted the game, … Continue reading

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Jan. 16, 1959: Paul Coates – Cub Scouts Bar Butch H. Because He Is Black

Jan. 16, 1959: The Cub Scouts don’t want to admit 9-year-old Butch because he’s black. This is one of my favorite Paul Coates columns and well worth the read. The column originally appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and … Continue reading

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Video: David Blight on ‘Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom’

I’m late to the party on this book, but I was pleased to run across a Q and A with historian David Blight of Yale on his new biography, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” The session, with Princeton professor Eddie … Continue reading

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Dec. 27, 1907: Oklahoma Lynching — A Grim Record for New State

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Dec. 27, 1907 Henryetta, Okla., by the Associated Press A little more than a month after Oklahoma achieved statehood, James Garden became a wretched statistic: the first black to be lynched there. … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Jukebox Hits

Dec. 25, 1947: “Call It Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker is on the hit parade. On the jump, “Railroad Porter Blues” by Eddie Vinson and “Money’s Getting Cheaper” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide: ‘Making Black Los Angeles’

I only recommend books that I have read, which is why I haven’t listed Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book” or Stephen Gee’s “Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon.” I look forward to reading both of them, but I’m not … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Jukebox Hits

Dec. 4, 1947: The jukebox hits of the week, from the Los Angeles Sentinel.

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Black L.A. 1947: This Week’s Jukebox Hits

Nov. 27, 1947: This week, we have two holiday songs: “Merry Christmas, Baby,” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, and “How I Hate to See Xmas Come Around,” by Jimmy Witherspoon.

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Nov. 20, 1947: Contralto Carol Brice to Perform in L.A.

  “On Ma Journey,” performed by Carol Brice, accompanied by her brother Jonathan. Nov. 20, 1947: Carol Brice will perform at Philharmonic Auditorium. Here are a few of her recordings.

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Nov. 21, 1907: Mother, 17, Throws Baby From Train to Hide ‘Shame’ From Family

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 21, 1907 Los Angeles The woman who threw her baby from an inbound train was arrested at her mother’s home at 12th Street and San Pedro after the girl’s nurse contacted … Continue reading

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Nov. 19, 1907: Crime Wave Sweeps L.A.

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 19, 1907 Los Angeles An influx of crooks, petty hoodlums and vagrants drawn by good weather and horse racing at Santa Anita are blamed for a siege of crime throughout the … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Little Miss Cornshucks; St. Paul Baptist Church Plans a New Building

Nov. 13, 1947: Little Miss Cornshucks is at the Last Word, 4206 Central Ave. The Last Word opened in July 1947 and seems to have closed in 1951. Or at least it was no longer advertising in the Sentinel. On … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: The Week’s Juke Box Hits

“Since I fell for You” by Annie Laurie leads the Sentinel’s Juke Box Hits.

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