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HoMER Webinar - Agata Frymus
Abstract: Movie-Struck Girls and Black Cinemagoing in New York City, 1909 - 1930

This paper investigates the way in which Black women of Harlem engaged with cinematic culture during the silent film era. Through an investigation of dispersed sources, ranging from Black press, court documents, personal correspondence to census data and municipal records, I aim to uncover the uses of cinema and cinematic spaces in the lives of Black communities. African American periodicals circulated within the area – The New York Amsterdam News, The Crisis and The New York Age – are especially illuminating, not only because of their role in advertising Black-oriented theatres and businesses, but chiefly due to their unwavering commitment to the promotion of critical citizenship within the community.

Apr 12, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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