Cinema: Black Power


Directed by STAN LATHAN Screenplay by MATT ROBINSON

If television sitcoms in the 1950s had been about blacks, they would have looked very much like Amazing Grace, a wheezy little family comedy starring "Moms" Mabley. Such excellent actors as Rosalind Cash and Moses Gunn are also lurking in the vicinity, and there are a couple of cameo appearances—for camp and sentimental value—by Stepin Fetchit and Butterfly McQueen. But the movie is clearly a vehicle for Moms.

The role she has tailored for herself over the years at places like Harlem's Apollo Theater is an outrageous caricature of a menial black. She...

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