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Nina Mae McKinney

The name Nina Mae McKinney sounds like a combination of Georgia and Glasgow. This historic performer's grandparents were slaves, her entire career nothing if not a statement of the possibilities for her race when allowed a status above that of enforced laborer. While McKinney's presence on recordings is slight -- she's a buried treasure to be found by dedicated shoppers -- her career in film becomes increasingly accessible due to reissue mania. One of her most important credits gets right to the… Show more

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Performer Information
MOVIES
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Sanders of the River (1935)
Lilongo
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Safe in Hell (1931)
Leonie, the Hotel Manager
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Hallelujah (1929)
Chick
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Hallelujah! (1929)