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BHM Day 26: Oscar Micheaux

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Oscar Micheaux was a novelist and film-maker.  He wrote several novels and began selling them door to door.  After the success of his first book he quit farming to continue writing.

He got his first opportunity to work in the film business when he was contacted by the black-owned Lincoln Film Company to adapt his third novel, The Homesteader, to film. He rejected the offer to instead make the movie himself.  It was the first full-length feature to be written, produced and directed by an African-American. The film would go on to gross over $5,000…a commercial success by standards of that time.

His films were a stark contrast to other films of the 1920s and 1930s, which portrayed blacks as lacy, ignorant and sexually aggressive.

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.