an American stage and film actress, civil rights activist, performer, and writer. Washington was of European and African admixture, being one of the first people of color to gain recognition for their film and stage work back in the 1920s and 30s.Washington never tried to "pass" as white and spoke against it as dishonest, but
her best-known role was in the 1934 movie Imitation of Life; Washington played a young, light skinned black woman who chose to pass as white to seek more opportunities in a society restricted by legal racial segregation in some states and social discrimination in others.In Ouanga she plays a black plantation owner who uses voodoo to raise zombies to use against her male neighbor and former lover who has chosen a white woman to marry. I sometimes see this available online.
It is interesting for its time and in what it says about power dynamics during the period. It's less than an hour long and easy to watch.
Perhaps you'll join me for a cozy beverage:
while we visit T Stands for Tuesday, the weekly blogger gathering hosted by Bluebeard and Elizabeth.
Tea without zombies, please. You tea setting is very festive. Happy T DayReplyDelete
I love the oldies!ReplyDelete
I kind of remember this movie. I will have to look into it. Hey, voodoo and zombies how can one go wrong. I didn't see your link at Elizabeth's but I sure like your set up for a drink. Very pretty.ReplyDelete
I'll gladly join you for a beverage, but not for the film! Happy T day, ValerieReplyDelete
Interesting background-story, seems like those times tend to come back, sadly...ReplyDelete
Fun deco, happy T-day!
I can't watch anything even remotely creepy without having nightmares ~ Interesting history on the actress though. Sweet fall vignette ~ Enjoy your cuppa!ReplyDelete
Your tea tablescape is inviting. I might save the movie for Halloween when I have to have something spookyReplyDelete
Oh my, I love your tea setting today with the little bird and pumpkins! Not sure if you have the saying over there, I feel like he's chirping "I'm the king of the castle" ...ha ha 😀. Sorry I'm so late visiting today, it's my hubby's birthday - Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo xReplyDelete
I will check out this movie- I loved her in Imitation Of Life! thanks for sharing and happy T day!ReplyDelete
Not my kind of movie but I love your fall vignette. So pretty with those pumpkins.ReplyDelete
Happy Tea Day,
Very cute owl. I would join you for a drink but can we sit out on your patio? I would love to see that. Hope it was a wonderful T day. Hugs-ErikaReplyDelete
Last night before I was going to leave a message, I got up to get coffee. When I did, I must have hit my computer screen because when I got back, my screen was black. I even rebooted and tried the little lights that adjust the screen. I was sick about it, but waited until today when I could see better what was going on. I finally found I had accidentally unplugged one of the cords that hooks the screen to the hard drive box. I am so glad I didn't need a new computer screen. And NOW it's very late Tuesday night and I'm running very, very late.ReplyDelete
I never saw this movie, but I remember reading about people who through the 1970s would pass as white if they were light enough skinned. It was a sign of the times before desegregation, I fear.
I like your vignette. It is very autumn inspired. I'll gladly join you for a nice cup of my favorite beverage while you drink yours in that beautiful cup and saucer. Thanks for sharing this film and your autumn inspired space with your beautiful cup and saucer for T this Tuesday.
Lovely little display with the tea and pumpkins. I am not into zombies, though. I do remember Imitation of Life. Wasn't Lana Turner in it, too? Happy T Day!ReplyDelete
Love your fall photo with your cup of coffee Happy T wishes KathyReplyDelete
Her story sounds far more interesting to me than the movie. that's a fascinating life.ReplyDelete
What an interesting actress. I read up on her after reading your post. Thank you for that, but I will give the film a pass.ReplyDelete
Your fall still life is beautiful.
Sorry for the late comment,
Have a good week,
Interesting and brave woman for that era. I'm happy to join you for tea; but I'll skip the zombies.ReplyDelete
Happy T-Day. Stay safe and well. Hugs, Eileen
I love well done movies that feature voodoo and zombies, especially the older classics. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.ReplyDelete
P.S. You probably already have a post about this one, but just in case:ReplyDelete
White Zombie (1932)
I have White Zombie on DVD lolDelete
I'll have a cup of tea with you any time, but not so much enjoying zombies. *LOL* Thanks for visitng my blog and leaving a comment! Have a nice weekend!ReplyDelete