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Fredericka Carolyn Washington by Teneyah B

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Teneyah Bryant

on 7 February 2014

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Transcript of Fredericka Carolyn Washington by Teneyah B

Fredericka carolyn washington
She then danced at New York’s Club Alabam’, where a theater producer noticed her and advised her to audition for a new play, Black Boy. Based on the life of boxer Jack Johnson, the 1926 play starred Paul Robeson, with Washington appearing under the stage name Edith Warren. Dramatic opportunities for black actresses were limited at the time, and Washington spent time during the 1920s touring Europe with a dance partner, Al Moiret. She returned to the United States, and new roles in the emerging film medium late in the decade, began with an appearance in Black and Tan Fantasy in 1929 with Duke Ellington. She followed this with a return to the stage in 1930 in the musical Sweet Chariot, and then joined her sister, Isabell, the following year in Singing the Blues.
Marriage and Family
Fredi dated Duke Ellington for some time but, when she saw he was not going to marry her, she started another relationship. She married Lawrence Brown, the trombonist in Duke Ellington's jazz orchestra, a relationship which ended in divorce. Fredi later married Anthony H. Bell, a dentist. Bell died in the 1980s. According to her sister Isabell, Fredi never had children.
Fredi was in the Sweet Chariot musical
Background Information
Fredericka Carolyn Washington was born on December 23, 1903 in Savannah, Georgia. Her father, Robert T Washington, was a postal worker, and her mother, Harriet Walker Ward Washington, was a dancer. Both parents were of African American and European ethnicity. Fredericka was the eldest of 5 children. She was an African American actress, writer, dancer, and singer. Fredericka died at 90 years old. She died from a stroke on June 28, 1994 in Stamford, Connecticut
Fredericka Carolyn Washington
Why I Choose Fredi Washington
I choose to do Fredi Carolyn Washington because she seems to be a very beautiful, young and talented person. She was a dancer, a actress, and a singer. Also she is one of many African American who voiced their opinion and protested . I admire her honesty, strength and how she sticked with her black heritage even though she could've pretended to be white and have a better career.
Career Life
Fredericka was an accomplished dramatic film actress, most active in the 1920s- 1930s. Fredi was a self-proclaimed Black woman, who chose to be identified as such. Because of her features, and because she didn't fit people's stereotypical views of what black is supposed to look like. She faced limited acting opportunities for being "too light or not black enough." In spite of her acting talent, there were limited opportunities for light-skinned black actors and actresses and mixed race ones. She was often asked to pass for white for better opportunities, but she refused, because she said "I'm honest and you don't have to be white to be good. In spite of her complexion, Fredi was very militant and vocal about race and color prejudice and when her acting career was over, she became an activist and journalist. Washington was a founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America (NAG) in 1937 to create better professional opportunities for blacks in show business. She also was Entertainment Editor of People's Voice, founded in 1942.
In conclusion the Harlem Renaissance was important because it gave African American people a chance to be accepted and to do something they actually like to do. The Harlem Renaissance gave African Americans hope and a choice. Also it was entertaining. And prove that it don't matter what color you are.
African Americans from the Harlem Rennassience
Fredericka's Sister Isabell
Black and Tan Fantasy is one of the plays she acted in
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