The Omaha guide. (Omaha, Neb.) 1927-19??, November 26, 1938, City Edition, Page Three, Image 3

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GOSSIP0F ™E
MOVIE LOTS
By HARRY LEVETTE
Hollywood—(ANP)—The Gol
den State Art award is the newest
departure in all-colored cast mo
tion picture circles and although
it has modestly made it debut it
is to be a permanent institution. It
will fill a need toward establish
ing a goal for Negro Artist to
strive for in their portrayals of
modern Negro life or in historical
or in period plays, if in the future
they too are brought into being
on the screen.
The idea originated with a little
group here who deplored the fact
that no colored screen player has
won the annual award allotted to
Hollywood stars, nor has even been
listed among the runner-ups.
Nor during the number of years
when the famous “Wampus Babies
or new starlets were named from
the ranks of young actresses were
evear any colored ones even con
sidered. So representative men 11
in number, located in as many key
cities of the United States, were
asked to make their selection of
the mo«t outstanding players who
bad appeared in all colored cast
pictures during the 1937-38 sea
son.
These includes luupn
Herbie Jeffries, Marten Moreland,
Flournoy M/iller and others who
appeared in “Bargain with Bul
lets” ‘“Spirit of Youth” “Life Goes
On,” “Harlem on the Praire," “Two
Gun Man from Harlem,” and “The
Poke is Tops.”
The plan was absolutely fair and
3mparial; no suggestions or advice
tending to influence the judges
■was sent and the decision will rest
on the majority of the votes when
all are in.
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anco company with headquarters
here, generously put up the first
trophy, which will be awarded the
winners.* Incidentally the award
was not named after the Insurance
company, but after the nickname
of California, “The Golden State.”
As soon as !l" th*3 votes al'° ’n< a
public reception will be held and
the winner pei*sonally presented
with the beautiful expensive tro
phy’.
The judges asked to serve this
year were Messr. Robert E Ab
bott, publisher of the Chicago De
fender; C. A. Franklin, publisher
ol' the Kansas City Call; C. B.
Powell, publisher of the Abster
(iam News; Cliff Mackay, Atlanta
Daily World; Carl Murphy, Balti
more Afro-American; Billy Rowe,
theatrical writer of The Pittsburg
Courier; Georgo Ross, of the Den
ver Star; Roscoe Dunjee, Oklaho
ma Black Dispatch; Wm. Nunn,
Pittsburg Courier; Albert G. Bar
nett, news editor of the Associated
Negro press, and Russell Jackson,
theatrical editor of the Ohio State
News. Mr. Barnett and Mr. Jack
son were the first to mail in their
votes. The rest are urged to hasten,
.10 the outcome may be made pub
lic
AH the studios both major and
minor are hitting on all cylinders,
getting as mucs production before
the holidays as possible.
LESLIE’S 'BLACKBIRDS'
OPENS IN BOSTON
Boston, Mass-It is the first
dme all-Negro musicale in five
years, the stage has seen such an
attr&cton other than Federal pro
jects. Lew Leslie international
impressario presented “Blackbirds
of 1939.” Opened at the Majestic
Theatre, election night.
Principals: Lean Horne, Ham
tree Harrington, Pigmeat Mark
ham, Bobby Evans, J .Rosamond,
Johnson Choir, Taps Miller, Baby
Hines, Norman McConny, Attn
Elake. Van Grona’s Swing Ballet
Music by Rube Bloom, lyrics by
Johnny' Mercer, Dorothy Sachs,
Louis Haber, Choral arrangement*
by J. Rosamond Johnson; Diologui
by Nat Dorfman; Choreography by
Eugene Van Grona; orchestration*
by Frede Gerfe and Ken Macorn
her; settings by Mabel A. Buell
costumes by Verconica; entire
show conceived and ; taged by Lew
Leslie. Blackbirds owned by Elbony
Productions, Inc.
Blackbirds is of the typical Ne
gro show variety enveloping in
teresting and novel scenes of Har
lem life, chock full of comedy
love, romance and melody divulg
trying the modem trivialities with
numbers rackets. Fatoher Divine
culti-sts in the life of a happy peo
ple.
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MILLS BROTHERS PAY FT
V ALLEY INFORMAL CAL'
Foi Valley, Ga.,—The N. and
I. Sc! ol’s student body received a
rare treat when the famous Mills
Brot’ ir ; ring at chapel time Tues
day oming November 18.
Tb students had to wait for a
few 1 inu:es before the Mills Bro
thers 1 rived and so enthusiastic
■"( re they, that Principle George
Towns found it diff cult to talk to
them about anythin# else but the
Brothers. VYh n .hear singers
swung into such numbers as *• fh >
Lambeth Walk’ and "Lazy Bones’
with real in .rum ntal music, the
stui'Vrt were pleased beyond the
extent of their fondest hopes.
During their stay here to appear
at the local theatre in a tour of
' the Fouth, the Mills Brothers were
| '->'vcn lodging and meals in Fort
lley’s ulrro-modern home ec>
1 retiic buile! r.g.
ON THE AIR
..By SALLYE BELL for ANP
One of the most Stimulating Ne
gro musical forms which will be
heard at New Masses’ “from Spi
rituals to Swing” concert at Carne
gie Hall, New York, on Dec. 2'
is the “Boogie-woogie” style of
piano playing, characterized by ite
Ire men dour, volume and masterfu
lefthand technique. It is the resul'
of the poverty of Negro Ameri
cans who could not afford orehes
tras on their festive occasions,
and so were forced to give thei
piano playing the drive of a jaz
I orchestra. The greatest living mas
I ters of this Boogie-woogie style
I are Meade “Lux” Lewis of Louis
| ville, Albert Ammons of Chicagi
Bcb Johnson of Robinsonville
Miss., and Pete Johnson of Kan
sas City, Mo., all of whom an
going to New York for the con
cerl.
The story of “Lux” Lewis life
is an intertsting one and s typi
col of the neglect of native genius.
In the early twenties he recorded
one of hi8 compositions. “Honky
Tonk Train^ Blues,” for a cheap
record company, and through th<
years this recording became a clas
sic of jazz to a few American and
European enthusiasts. But no one
knew what had become of Lewis,
so five years ago John Hammond,
who is producing the New Masses’
concert, started to look for “Lux.”
He found him last year washing J
cam in a Chicago Southside gar
age, and took him to New York I
where he recorded “Honky-Tonk |
Train Blues,” “Yancy Special,” j
“Whistling Blues,” and “Celeste
Blues,” for American consumption.
After these recording Lewis again
dropped into obscurity because
there was no appreciation in Amer- j
ica for his talents. He returned to
Chicago where he is now working
in a a garage, and his appearance
in New York for New Masses'
“From Spirituals to Swing,” con
cert will bring him before an au
(Hence whose interest may finally
break the jinx for him.
“From Spirituals to Swing’’ was
conceived and produced to John
Hammond and directed by Charles
Friedman, and will portray Am
erican Negro music as it was in-'
vented, devel</<ed, sung, played. ;
and heard by the Negro himself—1
the true untainted folk song, spiri-,
tuals, work songs, songs of pro- i
test, chain gang songs, Holy Rol
ler chants, shouts, blues, minstrel
(music, honky-tonk piano, early |
jazz, and finally, the contemporary
swing of Count Basie, presented by
the greatest living artists from
the South. Southwest and Negro j
communities in the North. It is
the first comprehensive concert of
the true and exciting music of the
BOI ANI I S- AT APOLLO
Hi
ter known a »the Mayor of Har
lem makes his first theatre ap
pearance in three years at the fam
ous 125th St. Apollo Theatre. This
wau m nowison's only Now York
Theatre appearance. Wen Talbert’s
Band, Fond, Marshall and Jones
and Three Peppers will be promi
nent in the revue cast.
N egro.
*****
In similar vein, the Harlem
Suitcase theatre last Thursday pre
sented an “Evening of the Blues,”
a procession of blues, poetry, mu
sic ,art and drama. Dancing was
by Felicia Sorel, poetry by Lang
ston Hughes, music by Herbert
Kingsley, art by Zell Ingram and
drama by the Suitcase Theatre
(layers.
* * * * «
As a climax to the celebration
of Negro achievement in Atlanta
la t week, Prof. R. E. Cureton,
head of the Department of Social
Science at Boker H. Washington
high school, spoke over station
WAG A last* Sunday on the achieve
ments of the Negro press.
* * * * *
GETTIN’ IN TIP GROOVE—
Jimmie Mundy, former arranger,
with Benny Goodman has signed
with Gene Krupa, one time drum
mer of the same band who now
has his own orchestra playing the
Palomer in Los Angeles. Jim Mun
dy left for L. A. via the airlines
last Friday. The Olmos Dinner
| Club in San Antonio, Tex., is fea
: Luring a number of name bands on
: a week-end policy, and has already
' signed up Erskine Hawkins for
| Ncv. 24-26 and Chick Webb for
Dec. 15 and 16. "What Do You
Know About Love” and “Strictly
Swing." new Bluebird recording by
Ersk'ne Hawkins, was released last
Wednesday. . . .If you enjoy Ro
! Cheste r on Jack Benny’s program
yor.'ll rave over his performance
in “You Can't Take It With You”
it's a killer diller.
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LEW LESLIE LAUNCHES
“BLACKBIRDS” BUT BOS
TON IS NOT IMPRESSED
BOSTON, Nov. 23 (ANP) Fea
tur.ng an all star cast headed by
Lena Horne, Hamtree Harrington
Pigmeat Markham and others
Lew Leslies last week premiered
his sixth edition of “Blackbirds” at
the long closed Majestic theatre
The production, however, fpu.nl
daily paper critics only lukewarm
Now! The True Inside Stories
of America's most famous colored successes
Behind big names like Marian Anderson, Walter White, ur
George W. Carver, Joe Louts, and scores of others, there arc
stories never yet tola that are full of thrills and inspiration*
Read TOPS for the astounding inside truth about the rise of
these great Americans. TOPS takes you into their private and
public lives and tells the things you want to know about
them. TOPS is the first and only publication of its kind to
bring you the personalities and achievements of outstanding
colored people. Get a copy at yom newsstand today.
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> MARIAN ANDERSON
\ She bad I chance in 360, jel made good,
f Today she h one of the world‘ t grealeit
singers. Don't miss ber tbrillsng story.
< DR. GEORGE W. CARVER
J Born into slavery, be climbed to world
^ honors ns one of its greatest, most re
J spec ted sc ten tuts,
> DUKE ELLINGTON
£ Read bow be helped create swing mnsic,
J why bss orchestra, compostttons and
C arrangements made btm iamous.
WALTER WHITE V
Tbt article by the Secretary of the /
N.A.A.C.P. about himself It alone ^
worth the price of TOPS. ^
BILL ROBINSON
Known everywhere as the greatest Tap
Dancer ot all lime—now a movie star. ^
JOE LOUIS C
Yon may think yon know all abonl foe Jt
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FOOTLIGHT
FLICKERS,
By Al Moses for ANP
New York, Nov. 24.,—Theatre
goers who come frocn far and near
to watch what's going on in the
“Harlem Sector”, are saying right
out loud today that Chick Carter
has the finest drummer boy any
band can boast of. That means
that when Chick Carter and his
troupe received the top billing for
tho parish in which you reside,. . .
get out there and see for your
self il this 22 year old youngster
deserves rating over such a« Lionel
Hampton, Chick Webb, Sonny
Great, Walter Thompson, et al, et
al.
Henry Armatrongbounded int i I
the Apollo the other night and
tried to make himself very obscure
in ? darkened side box. But such
was a well nigh mpossibility with
Ralph Cooper, Hollywood star do
ing the "MC” for a week. In a
raucous voice that carried to the
exit doors, Ralph demanded that
Henry take a bow after announc
ing his presence to the crowd.
Tsk—- tsk— tsk—-such is fame. One
never knows the meaning of pri
vacy after they get on top.. . .did
you say Henry was hiding out all
the time and someone hadn’t tipped
Cooper offf that he was in the
house? ? ■?—we’Ill strangle yo>u if
you say-YES.
WILLIE BRANT, without the band,
or. . . with it, is still Harlem’s Gla
mour Lad Number One, and that
u all one needs to be in order to
keep the landlord from hanging out
the "dispossessed sign” ... eh what
William does the announcing at the
Midnight shows amatuer nites. and
in between, draws down a sizeable
check for doing something you’d
never guess—plain and fancy—
’MUGGING".
That rag called "TOPS’., i«
just what its advertised, the Solid
Tops', get a copy of it and stick it
away in your trunk, one day in
the distant tomorrow, you’ll thank
m; for telling you to do so.
GOODMAN ADDS ANOTHER
ARRANGER, F. D. NORMON
New York, ANP)—Latest col
ored musician to crash Broadway
and its attendant fame is Fred D.
Norman, a<*e Harlem arranger who
has been acclaimed by both "white
and colored critics as one of the
best.
Norman has been added to the
staff of arrangers employed by
Benny Goodman. The number
which sold Norman to Goodman
was an original tune, “Smokehouse
Rhythm,’’ which was waxed for
Victor last week by the Goodman
aggregation. It will be on sale
within the next two weeks.
In an exclusive interview Nor
man said. “Now is the time for all
good colored arrangers to cash in
on the pupularity of swing num
bers. I find white orchestra more
than willing to work with colored
airangers, and Goodman is one of
the best with whom to work.
DUKE SCORES BEFORE 1,8<*
••JITTERBUGS”
KANSAS CITY, —Approximate
ly 1,800 ‘‘jitterbugs" voiced their
approval of the musir poured *ut
by Duke Ellington and his orches-*
tra last Wednesday night at the
Roseland Ballroom.
Already put “in the groove" by
Harlan Leonard and his Kansas
City Rockets an the Ellington fan"
found little difficulty swaying to
the more than delectable rhythms
poured out by the number one
dance band in the country.
From the opening number until
the final one the dancers could be
heard voicing their approval of the
aL'ai.'.
Ellington was masterful in his
handling of the band. Seated at
the piano with the ease and poise
that only becomes the most polieh
o 1 artists in the theatrical world.
Ellington went about his every
move graciously and knowingly.
Unemployment
Compensation
Lincoln, Nebr. Nov. 12—The Ne
braska Unemployment Compensa
tion division today appealed to
Nebraska employers, who are sub
ject to the law an have not yet fil
i d their report forms for the quar
ter ending Septembr 30, 1938, to
do so immediately.
R. T. Malone, Director of th«
Unemployment Compensation divi
jion, pointed out that filing of
these reports are necessary so that
inscribing of individual employed
wago credits can be completed be
fore the payment of benefits be
gins next January.
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DISCUSS NEGRO IN UNITED
STATES LITERATURE
New York. Nov. 19 (CNA) —
Margaret Bourke-White’s series of
photographs. “Picture of the
South” served as a setting for a
forum, “The Negro as a Force in
American Literature,” held by the
league of American Writers last
Sunday at the Mid Town Music
Hall, 846 Seventh Avenue.
Langston Hughes, well known
poet, novelist and playwright, and
Genevieve Taggard author of “Cal
ling Western Union" and several
other volumes of poetry, headed an
impressive list of speakers which
also included Jessie Fauset Harris
author of “The Chinabeiry Tree,
and Sterling Brown, Professor at
Howard University" author of
“The Southern Road’ and an out
standing authority on Negro cul
ture.
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TWO NAMED TO CITY COUN
CIL IN NORTHERN INDIANA
GARY, Ind.. ov. 17 (ANP) Gary
and East Chicago, Ind., will have
Negro aldermen, results of last
Tuesday's elections shows.
Wilbur J. Hardeway, formerly
alderman for two years but who
lost in 1934 to William Andersra,
i Democrat, was elected from *
Fifth district on the Re" ' i
ticket beating out R njamin
| Cresswell, local undertaker and
Democrat.
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