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This is the final episode of a seven-part series in which I feature guests who are all People of Color who performed in Hallelujah Hollywood!, Jubilee!, and/or Hello, Hollywood, Hello! between 1973-2016. To culminate this series, I bring together the most impactful stories, previously unpublished, from the guests in this series and a few more from other guest’s conversations. We talk about racial discrimination in entertainment in the 50s and 60s, Hollywood casting in the 70s, casting for LA music videos in the 80s, racial discrimination in Europe in the 80s, how sticking with the “status quo” was important to the show’s standards, embracing the history of the “Ebony line” and appreciating the People of Color that paved the way for the younger generations of Jubilee! dancers. This episode features Pete Menefee, Jakki Ford, Anthony Brown, Gayve Littles, Victor Littles, Frieda Bronfin, Eileen Ryans Scott and Andrew Branche as they share their experiences of racial discrimination in the entertainment industry.
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I promised to link the article quoted in the episode! Here is LaVerne Ligon sharing about the first all black chorus line in Las Vegas. Article in Vegas Seven written by Steven Bornfield, pg. 59.
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