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A contemporary look at how a factory closing effected people in a blue collar community, Sweat merited its award. A historical look at the treatment of African Americans in the motion picture industry, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a poignant look at things left unsaid behind the scenes. It is the s, and Vera Stark has left the Vaudeville circuit in an attempt to make a name for herself in segregated Hollywood. Even though California had always been a favored destination during the Great Migration era, motion pictures were shown to national and international audiences, leaving African American actresses in the roles of mammys or slaves.

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A contemporary look at how a factory closing effected people in a blue collar community, Sweat merited its award. A historical look at the treatment of African Americans in the motion picture industry, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is a poignant look at things left unsaid behind the scenes.

It is the s, and Vera Stark has left the Vaudeville circuit in an attempt to make a name for herself in segregated Hollywood. Even though California had always been a favored destination during the Great Migration era, motion pictures were shown to national and international audiences, leaving African American actresses in the roles of mammys or slaves. As a result, Vera only took on roles that were not demeaning to herself or to her race.

While attitudes toward race had changed, in many stereotypes still existed. After the passage of the Civil Rights Act, it was taboo to mention slavery on television. Vera appeared on a television show and the younger generation desired to discuss her role in The Belle of New Orleans, yet they could not bring up slavery on the air.

By looking at this period piece through a historical lens, Lynn Nottage has preserved this often overlooked slice of Americana. Having also read Sweat, I thought that this text was just as powerful even though it did not win the Pulitzer.

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But it acquires particular resonance in Depression-era Hollywood, where the rules of make-believe are strict and confining. Everyone, it seems, is playing a fabricated part, often of several layers. The first act is sharpest when Vera and Lottie pragmatically assess their career opportunities. In an exchange that brings down the house, Vera tells her friend that a Southern epic featuring slaves is being cast. Lathan and Ms. Gregory are hilarious when, working as maids at a dinner party, their characters try to live up to the racial fantasies of a pretentious German director in search of realism Kevin Isola and a Louis B.

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