Beulah: 1950 – 1953, ABC’s First Hit Sitcom

Beulah, the long-running radio show starring Hattie McDaniel, moved to TV in 1950. While Hattie continued on radio, legendary entertainer and Oscar-nominated actress Ethel Waters originated the role on ABC-TV. According to press releases of the day, she was “the queen of the kitchen and manager of the house.” Butterfly McQueen was her co-star and […]

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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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