Watch 1898 Silent Film: Oldest Black Cinematic Kiss

Watch “Something Good-Negro Kiss,” the newly discovered 1898 silent film “believed to be the earliest cinematic depiction of African-American affection”. Something Good-Negro Kiss is a very early Selig film that was discovered and restored by USC archivist Dino Everett, and properly identified by University of Chicago scholar Allyson Field. The performers are Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown.


I am very please that the film has been added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. I am glad that this historical treasure will be preserved!

This video adds to the credibility of so many more different types of black historical fiction characters.  I have to wonder how much more cinematic footage of black people there is from this period. 


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