Being Black

First African American TV Series


  • Amos ‘N’ Andy was the rare controversial TV program that’s maintained its controversy for more than 60 years since its initial broadcast.
  • In 1926 it started as a comedy series named “Sam ‘n’ Henry” on Chicago’s WGN radio station.
  • It later became “Amos ‘N’ Andy two years later.
  • by 1951 Amos ‘N’ Andy became a television show.
  • The main argument in favor of the sitcom was that it depicted the Harlem community.
  • It was filled with black people who had different occupations and roles.
  • White characters were an unusual occurrence. 


  • The show was the first to feature an all-black cast and the only one like it for 20 years.
  • This didn’t stop African American advocacy groups and eventually the NAACP from criticizing the radio and tv show for promoting racial stereotypes. 



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