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Cover for Mask: Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film. Click for larger imageFollowing segments earlier this week on Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey, NPR’s Tell Me More wraps up its Divas on Screen feature with Halle Berry.

Commentator Mia Mask:
“We have made progress in American society and in film. We have moved from the era of the tragic mulatta, when films like Pinky, Imitation of Life and Band of Angels were cast with white actresses, to the era of the biracial beauty, in which blockbusters like Die Another Day or literary adaptations such as Their Eyes Were Watching God can finally star black and brown African American identified women. Many hope that in the multicultural new millennium black women, and women of color in general, will have the kind of access to opportunity we see in Halle Berry’s career.”

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