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|Scandalize My Name Stories From the Blacklist|
Actors: Dick Campbell (IV), Morgan Freeman, Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Fred Waring
Genres: Indie & Art House, Documentary
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist examines the way Red Scare politics was used to impede the emergence of African-Americans as full participants in the political, social and cultural aspects of post-war Amer... more »
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