Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored

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Actor Tim Reid (WKRP in Cincinnati) made his directorial debut with this filmed adaptation of Clifton L. Taulbert's autobiography. Set in an African-American community in the segregated South, Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored follows a young Taulbert through three decades, beginning with his birth in a cotton field in 1946. As he grows up, Taulbert is faced with the harsh realities of being black in the mid-20th century: first from the lessons of his great-grandfather (Al Freeman Jr.), later in his trips to the local segregated library, and finally in 1962, when a 16-year-old Taulbert watches as his community deals with a racist white business owner trying to run a local black ice man out of town. Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored was the recipient of the Audience Choice Award at the 1995 St. Louis International Film Festival.

Cast

Paula Kelly
as Ma Pearl
Polly Bergen
as Miss Maybry
Willie Norwood Jr.
as Cliff (age 10)
Damon Hines
as Cliff (age 16)
Leon
as Uncle Melvin
Bernie Casey
as Mr. Walter
Isaac Hayes
as Preacher Hurn
Ray J
as Cliff (age 10/11)
Taj Mahal
as Mr. Will
Phill Lewis
as Sammy (age 19)/Narrator
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