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African Americans in Arts and Entertainment

Test your knowledge of famous black artists and entertainers.

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Test your knowledge of famous black artists and entertainers.

1. Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award?

  • Sidney Poitier
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Ethel Waters

2. Singer-actor Paul Robeson starred in the musical Showboat in 1928, singing his famous rendition of which song?

  • "Ol' Man River"
  • "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"
  • "Ain't Misbehavin"

3. Who was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize?

  • Langston Hughes
  • Alice Walker
  • Gwendolyn Brooks

4. Which record company was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. in Detroit in 1959?

  • Sun Records
  • Atlantic Records
  • Motown Records

5. The Harlem Renaissance, a period of artistic flowering among African-American writers and artists that was centered in Harlem, occurred roughly during which decade?

  • 1910s
  • 1920s
  • 1930s

6. Which African-American entertainer was the first to star in his own television series?

  • Nat King Cole
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Bill Cosby

7. Who wrote the jazz classic "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"?

  • Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington
  • Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong
  • Charlie "Bird" Parker

8. In 1955, contralto Marian Anderson became the first African American to sing on stage at which auditorium?

  • Symphony Hall, Boston
  • Carnegie Hall, New York
  • The Metropolitan Opera House, New York

9. At the Academy Awards held in 2002, which actors won Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars?

  • Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Denzel Washington and Halle Berry
  • Morgan Freeman and Thandie Newton
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Angela Bassett

10. Dancer-choreographer Alvin Ailey's best-known solo piece, Cry, was originally intended as a tribute to whom?

1. Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award?
Hattie McDaniel

2. Singer-actor Paul Robeson starred in the musical Showboat in 1928, singing his famous rendition of which song?
"Ol' Man River"

3. Who was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize?
Gwendolyn Brooks

4. Which record company was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. in Detroit in 1959?
Motown Records

5. The Harlem Renaissance, a period of artistic flowering among African-American writers and artists that was centered in Harlem, occurred roughly during which decade?
1920s

6. Which African-American entertainer was the first to star in his own television series?
Nat King Cole

7. Who wrote the jazz classic "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"?
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

8. In 1955, contralto Marian Anderson became the first African American to sing on stage at which auditorium?
The Metropolitan Opera House, New York

9. At the Academy Awards held in 2002, which actors won Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars?
Denzel Washington and Halle Berry

10. Dancer-choreographer Alvin Ailey's best-known solo piece, Cry, was originally intended as a tribute to whom?
To his mother, and to all black women

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