Archive for the 'Television History' Category

Nat King Cole: America’s Favorite Guest Star

Nat King Cole was TV’s perennial and favorite guest star in the 1950s and 1960s. Beginning with Ed Sullivan in 1950 (he ultimately made 14 appearances on that show), his smooth, crystal clear vocals and classic songs enamored audiences on the biggest TV shows of the day. Gleason, Skelton, Benny, Berle, Gobel, Paar, and Shore, […]

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The Great Jackie Robinson

It’s not a stretch to label Jackie Robinson the first African-American superstar on television. His inaugural year in fact, 1947, was the same year National League Baseball began regular broadcasts on network television. And Jackie Robinson was the discussion, initially for the wrong reasons, around television sets across the country. By October 1947, with the […]

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William Marshall, Harlem Detective, 1953-54

William Marshall began his career with aplomb, landing roles in diverse works like Carmen Jones, Othello, and numerous other Shakespeare plays. Working both on Broadway and across Europe, the classically trained actor quickly established himself as a hot commodity. The London Sunday Times labeled him “The Greatest Othello of Our Time” and Jet Magazine, on […]

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Celebrating Black History on Television, Jan. 20 – March 1, 2020

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Icon Restoration: Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott was an early pioneer in entertainment. She not only fought for equality in the industry, but demanded it. Her vocal and celebrated fight against segregation and unfair treatment of black entertainers established her as a leading civil rights trailblazer from New York to Hollywood. The early 1950s were a unique time in the […]

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