By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Beginning today (Wednesday, July 31st) and running through August 19th, Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (CCBB) will present 25 American "race films", as part of a collection entitled, “Oscar Micheaux: The Black Cinema and Racial Segregation”. Race films were made in the U.S. between 1910 and 1950, produced exclusively for black audiences by black filmmakers with all-black casts.

Considered by many to be a pioneer of American black cinema, Oscar Micheaux was born as the son of former slaves in 1884. He began writing during his . . .

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