By Donald Bogle
In vivid Boulevards, daring goals, Donald Bogle tells–for the 1st time–the tale of a spot either mythic and actual: Black Hollywood. Spanning sixty years, this deliciously exciting heritage uncovers the audacious demeanour during which many blacks made a spot for themselves in an that initially had no position for them.
Through interviews and the private reminiscences of Hollywood luminaries, Bogle items jointly a notable background that is still principally imprecise to this present day. we find that Black Hollywood was once a spot certain from the studio-system-dominated Tinseltown–a global unto itself, with precise principles and social hierarchy. It had its personal expertise scouts and media, its personal watering holes, dependent resorts, and stylish nightspots, and naturally its personal glamorous and fabulous personalities.
Along with recognized actors together with invoice “Bojangles” Robinson, Hattie McDaniel (whose domestic was once between Hollywood’s such a lot exquisite), and, later, the stunningly attractive Lena Horne and the fabulously proficient Sammy Davis, Jr., we meet the likes of heartthrob James Edwards, whose promising profession was once derailed by means of whispers of an affair with Lana Turner, and the mysterious Madame Sul-Te-Wan, who shared an in depth lifelong friendship with pioneering director D. W. Griffith. yet Bogle additionally appears at different individuals of the black community–from the white stars’ black servants, who had their very own cash and status, to gossip columnists, hairstylists, and architects–and on the international that grew up round them alongside crucial road, the Harlem of the West.
In the culture of Hortense Powdermaker’s vintage Hollywood: The Dream manufacturing facility and Neal Gabler’s An Empire in their personal, in vibrant Boulevards, daring goals, Donald Bogle re-creates a vanished global that left an indelible mark on Hollywood–and on all of America.
From the Hardcover edition.