Film Forum: Series On Hollywood’s First Black Movie Star Starts Nov. 10th

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(Photo: Wikimedia Commons\Detroit Public Library)NINA MAE McKINNEY: HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST BLACK MOVIE STAR, a celebration of the little-known career of the actress/singer, will have select screenings at Film Forum beginning November 10 with the world premiere of a new 35mm restoration of King Vidor’s landmark HALLELUJAH! (1929), Hollywood’s first sound feature with an all-Black cast.HALLELJUAH! has been restored by the Library of Congress and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.Discovered by Vidor when she was a Broadway chorus girl in Blackbirds of 1928, South Carolina-born Nina Mae McKinney (1912-1967) was still a teenager when she made her screen debut in HALLELUJAH! Following rave reviews (The New York Times hailed it as “most impressive”), McKinney’s studio, MGM, touted her among its galaxy of stars, a first for an African American artist.The HALLELUJAH! screening will be introduced by author and film historian Donald Bogle, whose seminal book Toms, Coons, Mulattoes and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films was the first to recognize McKinney as a major figure in the history of Black entertainment.