Oscar Devereaux Micheaux was the first Black Best Selling Author in America, he was also the first
Black Independent Filmmaker in America. Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed and produced 44 full length feature films.
No other American Filmmaker Black or White has ever wrote, directed and produced a whopping 44 films. Oscar Micheaux also wrote seven Novels and to this very day Oscar Micheaux is the only, the only Black Filmmaker with an international audience.
Oscar Micheaux films are popular in Germany, Russia, France, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Amsterdam and Brazil.
Oscar Micheaux was approached by a very successful American Film company that wanted to turn his best selling novel into a
motion picture. Oscar Micheaux told the film company he wanted to direct the film himself even though he had never gone to a film school or ever directed a movie before. The film company rejected Oscar Micheaux’s demand to direct the picture.
On the heels of the failed deal, Oscar Micheaux converted his publishing company to Micheaux Film & Publishing Company and a career in cinema was born. Oscar Micheaux went on to become one of the most prolific film directors in American history.
In 1986 I contacted the U.S. Postal Service and I asked them how could I start a drive to get a heritage stamp for
Oscar Micheaux. They told me and year, after year with the help of my friends in Hollywood, Broadway, and other Artist and close friends in the Entertainment industry we were able to get enough letters of support, and on June 22nd, 2010 the
U.S. Postal Service issued a 44-cent stamp, Oscar Micheaux Black Heritage stamp.
I thought about the sheer irony of it all; Oscar Micheaux made 44 feature films and his stamp cost 44-cent.
Finally, let me leave a quote with YOU from Oscar Micheaux.
“Moving pictures have become one of the greatest revitalizing forces in race adjustment.” –Oscar Micheaux
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