Sunday, September 21, 2003

Does The Name Amos and Andy Ring A Bell?

As a continuance of my previous post to Blacks in 1950's era Television, I now present this piece on Amos and Andy. Say what you will about it, but in my personal opinion, it was one of the funniest shows that hit the radio airwaves. I never really saw the TV version with its All Black cast, including Black Film Maverick Spencer Williams, Jr as Andy, everything I've heard about the show was no worse than watching some of the programs they pass as Black entertainment on UPN. Mind you, both shows were created by White Americans to entertain, like most shows today. However, the radio version was done with a mostly White cast portraying the lead roles. Still, both shows were funny and by the he time the TV version came around, Blacks after World War Two were going through social changes and things needed to progress. Take a look.

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