Do you know who Nina Mae McKinney is and why she is an important figure in Black History?
Nina Mae McKinney was considered the first black movie star ever. After appearing in 1929’s Hallelujah!, one of the first all-black films, her career took off. She became known as the Black Garbo, a reference to white film actress Greta Garbo.
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