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Black L.A. 1947: Herb Jeffries Cast in All-Black Production of ‘Camille’

Sept. 18, 1947: The Sentinel reports the intriguing production of an all-black, musical version of “Camille,” produced by Thomas Hammond with a score by Serge Walter, lyrics by Rene Du Plessis, starring Herb Jeffries.  A previous commitment prevented Lena Horne … Continue reading

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

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Sept. 11, 1947: Al Jarvis Replies to L.A. Sentinel’s Charges of Racism

“Boogie-Woogie Blue Plate” is No. 2on this week’s juke box hits. Sept. 11, 1947: KLAC disc jockey Al Jarvis replies to Earl Griffin’s criticisms in last week’s Sentinel. “To knowingly plug a sponsor who discriminates against the Negro race is … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Some Static for Al Jarvis, Radio’s ‘Great White Father’ of Black Musicians,

Sept. 4, 1947: Earl Griffin gives some hard shots to disc jockey Al Jarvis of KLAC-AM (570, in case you’re Atwater Kent is working). Jarvis was credited with using black artists on his radio show as early as 1933, but … Continue reading

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Aug. 28, 1947: Margaret Harris Debuts in Piano Recital at Age 3

Aug. 28, 1947: At the age of 3, Margaret Rosezarian Harris was splashed across the front page of the Sentinel, which covered her concert of classical pieces at Chicago’s Carey AME Temple. “She was poised and showed no trace of … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: The Kappa Alpha Psis, Clora Bryant and a Certain Attorney

Technical difficulties delayed posting until now. Aug. 28, 1947: Earl Griffin has little good to say about the recent Kappa convention. But he mentions Clora Bryant (a footnote in the Black Dahlia case) though as Clara Bryant. And there’s a … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: First Black-Controlled Supermarket Opens

Central Avenue and 43rd Street, the site of the M and R Shopping Center, via Google Street View. Aug. 21, 1947: The Sentinel features the M and R Shopping Center, 4306 –4308 S. Central Ave. “This is the first super … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Nellie Lutcher Leads Weekly Juke Box Hits

Aug. 21, 1947: Nellie Lutcher’s “He’s a Real Gone Guy” again leads the weekly juke box hits, followed by “I Want to Be Loved” in versions by Savannah Churchill and Lionel Hampton.  No. 3 is “Sure Had a Wonderful Time” … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Drag Ball Planned for the Avodon Ballroom in DTLA

The site of the Avodon Ballroom at 843 S. Spring St., via Google Street View.  Aug. 14, 1947: A drag ball is planned for the Avodon Ballroom, 843 S. Spring St. Although the Sentinel didn’t follow up on the event, … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Nellie Lutcher’s ‘He’s a Real Gone Guy’ Leads This Week’s Juke Box Hits

Aug. 14, 1947: Nellie Lutcher’s “He’s a Real Gone Guy” is this week’s No. 1 juke box hit, according to Murray’s Record Shop, 1055 E. Vernon. “True Blues” by Roy Milton is No. 2. On the jump, Ask Evangeline helps … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: L.A. Sentinel’s Lost Pages

The Aug. 7, 1947, issue of the Sentinel isn’t in the archives, so I won’t be posting this week. Tune in Aug. 14, when I’ll resume.

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Black L.A. 1947: Elizabeth Ingalls to Pay Dora Jones $6,000 in Slavery Case; Sentenced to Fine and Probation

July 31, 1947: The Sentinel’s front page is full of news: Elizabeth Ingalls is sentenced in the San Diego slavery case to a fine of $2,500, three years probation and a $6,000 payment to Dora Jones. The Sentinel also reports … Continue reading

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

This is a story that involves a $1 lottery ticket, a new Cadillac and an incredible amount of stupidity by members of an ostensibly charitable organization who were determined to uphold racist attitudes. And it really happened. The story, as … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Hitting the Nightspots With ‘The Owl’

Eight black athletes are trying out for the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. July 31, 1947: “The Owl,” the Sentinel’s nightlife columnist, visited the clubs, noting that the high prices of food and rent were taking a … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Elizabeth Ingalls Convicted in San Diego Slavery Case; Jury Deadlocks on Husband’s Guilt

July 24, 1947: The Sentinel reports that Elizabeth Ingalls was convicted on charges of holding Dora Jones in slavery. Sentencing was set for July 29. The jury deadlocked on charges against her husband, Albert. The Sentinel said that Dora Jones … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Honor Student Vesta Belle Sapenter Strangled; Suspect Released

5320 Holmes Ave., in the Pueblo Del Rio housing project, via Google Street View.   July 24, 1947: The Sentinel reports that Benjamin Allen, 16, of 5217 McGarry St., is being held in the death of Vesta Belle Sapenter. Benjamin … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: No Room on Athletes Plane for UCLA Track Star Lloyd LaBeach

Berman’s has the new “Rugby Lounge” suit. Only $65 ($737.81 in 2018 dollars). July 24, 1947: L.A. Sentinel columnist Edward Robinson has the story of UCLA track star Lloyd LaBeach, born in Panama to Jamaican parents, who came to Los … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Sanitarium Offered for Woman on Trial in Slavery Case With Restitution to Victim

July 17, 1947: Clinton M. Arnold, special correspondent for the Los Angeles Sentinel, files updates on the case of Elizabeth Ingalls, who was accused of holding Dora Jones in slavery. In one recent development, Ruth Castendyke, one of Ingalls’ daughters, … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: NAACP to Sue Inglewood for Barring Blacks From Swimming Pool

The 1938 exploitation film “The Wages of Sin” is being shown at the Flo-Mills Theater. July 17, 1947: The NAACP charges that the city of Inglewood bars African Americans from the pool at Centinela Park. At an employee picnic sponsored … Continue reading

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Black L.A. 1947: Bandleader Jimmie Lunceford Collapses in Record Store, Dies at 45

Suzette Johnson appears in “The Foxes of Harrow.” July 17, 1947: The Los Angeles Sentinel has a news story on the death of bandleader Jimmie Lunceford, who collapsed in a record store in Seaside, Ore., and a mention in Earl … Continue reading

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