Hollywood in Color
By Diana Martinez
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Hollywood in Color is a new podcast telling the stories of the stars usually left out of entertainment history — the people of color in front of and behind the camera who have been representing for over a century. Host Diana Martinez has a PhD in film and media studies and has written for Slate, The Atlantic, and Women in Hollywood. Season 3 begins September 23. New episodes every other Tuesday.
||ExplicitSonic Cinema: Selena (S3 Ep1)||This is episode 1 of Sonic Cinema: a five part series looking at a handful of films starring history’s most iconic musicians. Today — The Making of Selena, the icon and the movie.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHattie McDaniel: Showstopper (S2 Ep3)||In the third and final episode of the season, Hattie finds it difficult to keep up as Hollywood and her community forge ahead to a new era of black representation and politics.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHattie McDaniel: Showstopper (S2 Ep2)||When Gone with the Wind was released, critics were flabbergasted by the willing participation from black actors to be in the film. Hattie McDaniel was at the center of this controversy. She really wanted the part, but she couldn’t foresee, or, maybe s||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHattie McDaniel: Showstopper (S2 Ep1)||"Mammy" is only one role of many that made up Hattie McDaniel's multi-faceted career. She was also a singer, a songwriter, a stage and vaudeville veteran, a comedian, and a radio personality. In this episode, we follow her journey from Denver, Colorado||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLas Reinas of Los Angeles (S1 Ep5)||In the last episode of the season, we look at Lupe’s and Dolores’ careers in the late 1930s to the mid 1940s, when both women leave Hollywood when it becomes an unwelcome space and place. Season 2 begins June 19.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLas Reinas of Los Angeles (S1 Ep4)||In this episode, we look at Dolores’ career during the Hollywood transition to sound film. The coming of sound limited Dolores’ roles. They became more stereotypical and forgettable. With her accent, sound amplified the difference that her Spanish s||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLas Reinas of Los Angeles (S1 Ep3)||In this episode, we see how Lupe Vélez rose to stardom in Dolores’ shadow and how the differences between her and Dolores evolved along simple, fraught, lines. Dolores was the “good” Mexican, and Lupe, in her relationship with actor Gary Cooper,||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLas Reinas of Los Angeles (S1 Ep2)||In this episode Dolores Del Río becomes a transnational superstar when she undergoes a makeover where she seemingly leaves behind her Mexicanidad and assumes a Spanish identity. Interestingly, this parallels Southern California's own transformation, wh||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLas Reinas of Los Angeles (S1 Ep1)||This is episode one of Season 1: Lupe Vélez and Dolores Del Río, Las Reinas — the Queens — of Los Angeles. We start in 1920s Mexico, where Lupe and Dolores grew up and found their love for performance. We’ll follow Lupe and Dolores as they make||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing: Hollywood in Color||Hollywood in Color is a new podcast telling the stories of the stars usually left out of entertainment history — the people of color in front of and behind the camera who have been representing for over a century. Season 1 begins April 17. New episode||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m fascinated by this era, and this shows take on it is superbly researched & entertainingly presented. Fingers crossed for some Hayworth, Cugat, Miranda, & Iturbi down the line. (But I’m going to listen to whatever I get!)
Can't Wait for More
I love this podcast! I'm very interested in learning about Hollywood history, but one of my favorite podcasts (already mentioned in other reviews) gives insight into a lot of Hollywood history through the lens of white people albeit with a much more feminist take than my film classes in college. The episodes are thorough, interesting, and give a great picture of particular moments in Hollywood's history. Lupe and Dolores are unendingly fascinating women and I wish I'd known more about them sooner. Love this pod, can't wait to hear more from Diana!
I loved the first episode! Hollywood in Color is a must-listen for fans of celebrity history, especially if you’re interested in learning more about non-white Old Hollywood stars (a real gripe I have with shows like You Must Remember This). The first season is set up to tell the parallel and diverging stories of two Mexican actresses: Dolores del Río and Lupe Vélez. The two women’s personal biographies are grounded in insightful historical and cultural context, a lot of which, like the particulars of the Mexican Revolution, I was embarrassingly clueless about before listening. The storytelling is engaging and the history is well-researched. I’m hooked—can’t wait for the next episode!