In honor of Black History Month we at Reel Reality will bring light to the history of black film.

On February 29, 1940 Hattie McDaniel became the first African American actor to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in “Gone With The Wind.”

McDaniel was also a singer-songwriter, comedian, and radio performer, and tv star. Throughout her career she appeared in over 50 films and also became the first African American singer to sing over the radio.

McDaniel was often criticized by the black community for playing servants and slaves. But McDaniel defended her acting roles and believed it was those roles, like Mammy, that allowed African Americans to prove themselves as more than just measuring up to their employers and other actors.

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