Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project, a multiplatform story chronicling the history/cultural legacy of DC's Black Broadway.

This intimate, reflective re-enactment, a part of an independent, multi-platform story, Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project created by the Indigo team; chronicles and examines the social justice impact, historical and cultural influence of D.C.’s historic greater U Street/Shaw corridor during it heydays of the early 1900s to late 1950s. DISCOVER: D.C.'s Black Broadway on U: blackbroadwayonu.com

HISTORIC NOTE: Ms. Bailey is credited with coining the phrase "Black Broadway" for this Black D.C. community; where she jumpstarted her professional singing and dancing career in U Street nightclubs as a teenager.

FLASHBACK: It's May 1940, and the illustrious actress/singer, Pearl Bailey (portrayed by D.C. native/Helen Hayes Award-winning actress, Roz White) is in her dressing room getting dolled-up for her performance at U Street's historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. Pearl takes a quick moment to share her tale about the rich social and culture capital of D.C.'s Black Broadway era before Harlem. Despite the tough Jim Crow laws of the early 20th century that prevailed in our nation's capital; this Black Washington community continued to strive and thrive.

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Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project, a multiplatform story chronicling the history/cultural legacy of DC's Black Broadway.

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DISCOVER: Black Broadway on U - blackbroadwayonu.com

Before the Harlem Renaissance, there was the DC Renaissance along DC's greater historic U St. corridor once known as “Black Broadway." From the 1900s -1950s, this culturally vibrant community…


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DISCOVER: Black Broadway on U - blackbroadwayonu.com

Before the Harlem Renaissance, there was the DC Renaissance along DC's greater historic U St. corridor once known as “Black Broadway." From the 1900s -1950s, this culturally vibrant community was America’s “Black Mecca” where a black-owned entertainment and business district, schools, organizations and churches thrived amid racial and political tension in the U.S. This is the multi-platform story of this Black Washington cultural legacy.

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