Mykelti Williamson, David Allen Grier And Jesse Williams In 'Amos 'n Andy?'
Huffington Post - 5 months
As someone who's written about black history my entire life, I thought I knew it all until I started researching the story of Amos 'n Andy. When Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and New Yorker editor Henry Finder approached me about writing a screenplay about the rise and fall of the controversial TV show, I initially winced. Like most of us, I had closed Amos 'n Andy in my "Lock Box of Egregious Black Embarrassments," right there alongside Stepin Fetchit, Uncle Tom and Omarosa.
In fact, everything I thought I knew about "Amos 'n Andy" was wrong. I actually watched the old shows. And I laughed. And I kept laughing. I discovered that Amos 'n' Andy was once one of the most popular TV shows in the country, only to now be one of the most misunderstood or forgotten, driven off the air by a threatened boycott by the NAACP which crippled Black Hollywood for decades. In fact, in 1950, during the Amos 'n Andy years, there were around 500 African-American members of the Screen
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