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African-American movies have been around for a 100 years starting with the successful short comedy, The Railroad Porter filmed in Chicago in 1912. This film also saw the beginning of ‘Race Movies’ that dominated African-American filmmaking for a few decades. In 1929, Hearts of Dixie and Hallelujah were released and they were the first Hollywood funded and produced films with all Black casts. African-American movies were initially only accessible to African-American audiences but that changed over time. Filmmakers like Oscar Micheaux laid the foundations for many African-American movies.

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