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‘Black History Captured on Film’: The Johnson Brothers found the first Black-owned film production company

by Betti Halsell

In the early 1900s the Black community was growing economically into middle class wealth. There was a rise in art and consciousness. However, their needs as consumers were intentionally being left out and ignored. 

In the entertainment and media world, it was no different, not many films (if any) catered to Black audiences or portrayed Black characters with high intellect. 

African American actor Noble Johnson and his brother George Johnson saw an opportunity, and became the pioneering production company that made movies to reflect the growth within the collective community. It was the first taste of undeniable talent and Black excellence. 

The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was founded in the year 1915. The firm is acknowledged as the first to cater a niche market of “race films,”  identifying motion pictures that had an all black cast. At first they were located in Omaha, Nebraska, but then relocated to 1121 Central Ave, in Los Angeles, California.

Unfortunately, the glory of the production company didn’t last. With less than 10 years of active work, they were able to produce five movies that included: The Realization of a Negros Ambition, The Law of Nature, Troop of Community K, A Man’s Duty, and By Right of Birth. The Lincoln Production Company was the first to create serious dramatic films. 

This was the first time entertainment was created with a Black audience in mind, they were thought of and were served a product that was to their liking, and the Black community became loyal to Lincoln Productions. 

The Johnson Brothers broke through boundaries that were set up in a time of division. The Lincoln Motion Picture Company paved the way to a new genre of film that represented Black people as talented, smart, and creative.  

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Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Zahara Will Attend an HBCU (Video)

Angelina Jolie’s daughter Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt is college bound!

On Sunday, the Oscar-winning actor announced her 17-year-old will be attending Spelman College, an HBCU, this fall. Included in Jolie’s post is a picture of Zahara posing with schoolmates and a caption that read,

“Zahara with her Spelman sisters! Congratulations to all new students starting this year,” the mother of six wrote. “A very special place and an honor to have a family member as a new Spelman girl. #spelman #spelmancollege #spelmansisters #HBCU.”

In addition to the Eternals star’s post, a video taken during an alumni college event was published on TikTok. The clip, which has now gone viral, shows Jolie attempting to join in on the electric slide. You can watch it below.

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Morehouse and Spelman alumni showing Angelina Jolie and her daughter how to hit the electric slide at their event in Los Angeles. @morehousela @naasclosangeles @angelinajolie @bcrainey @purplephy27 #Morehouse #Spelman #SpelmanCollege #AngelinaJolie

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Honors The Late Chadwick Boseman (Video)

Marvel has finally released the official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel of Black Panther. The 2-minute video features new and returning characters and unveils a special tribute to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa.

photo: Marvel Studios

The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on November 11.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘The Man From Toronto’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson Star In Action-Packed Comedy

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson star in Netflix’s upcoming action-packed comedy dropping on Netflix on June 24.

A case of mistaken identity arises after a screw-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest assassin—known only as The Man from Toronto— run into each other at a holiday rental.

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