Awful Racist Movie w/ Famous Black Musicians and Performers

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A grab bag of vintage treasures! Harlem Revue from the 1930’s is a captivating gander at African American culture, oppression, music, and history from a turbulent time in the United States. Stupendous performers Bill Powers and the Brown Sisters, as well as several other black musicians, showcase their talents in a sonorous music presentation. But the film begins with dreadful displays of racism: two black men acting foolishly before climbing aboard a stage with insulting drawings of African Americans. But the music is sweet and enjoyable – a vintage vaudeville experience. As a historical relic for black history, it would be hard to top Harlem Revue which practically sums up the essence of the racial conflict in early 20th century America.

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