“Amos ‘n’ Andy” to be shown at black film fest

Although CBS withdrew the 1951-’53 series Amos ‘n’ Andy from its syndicated offerings in 1964 following protests by the NAACP that it stereotyped blacks, ten uncut episodes of the series are scheduled to be presented at The Black Film Festival, which opens in New York Friday. Festival coordinator Gregory Javan Mills told Friday’s New York Daily News: “People like Redd Foxx have talked about how they were important in the history of comedy.” (Numerous black actors worked in front of the cameras and several black vaudevillians worked as writers on the series.) The episodes are set to be screened on Aug. 18.