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Blacks and Vaudeville: PBS documentary

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Published on May 29, 2012

PBS two-hour documentary on "Vaudeville": the segment on Blacks and Vaudeville (19 min).

Beginning in the 1880s and through the 1920s, vaudeville was home to more than 25,000 performers, and was the most popular form of entertainment in America. From the local small-town stage to New York's Palace Theater, vaudeville was an essential part of every community.

Clips and interviews with:
Pat Rooney
Mel Watkins
June Taylor
Carson Robinson's Pioneers
The Duncan Sisters
Eunice Wilson and the Five Racketeers
Bobby Short
Robert Townsend
Dewey "Pigmeat" Markham
Leonard Reed
Stump and Stumpy
Moms Mabley
Ethel Waters
Reed and Bryant
June Havoc
Nicholas Brothers (Harold and Fayard)
Eubie Blake
Bert Williams
Jack LaMaire
Al Hirschfeld

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