Lot 29 of 613:
Very rare 1944-45 Black Hollywood magazine  

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The “Bronz”, Volume IV, Nos. 10 and 11, 1944-45 - only known copies of the last issues of a Los Angeles Black magazine with important Hollywood association

Greene, Bene, editor

Los Angeles


Dec. 1944 and Jan.-Feb. 1945


8.75 x 11.5”, 12pp. + original pictorial covers.  Illustrated with photographs and pictorial ads.                                                            

Only known copies of these issues – possibly the very last of this obscure but important periodical. Unknown to Danky-Hady, not in Blockson, WorldCat locates only holdings of only a single earlier 1944 issue  at Yale, while the Scjomburg Collection has only a few months of the 1941 issues under the original title, Bronze Tattler.


Beyond uncommon World War II articles – notes on wartime LA Black night clubs (Alabam, Gaiety, Shep’s Playhouse, Plantation, and Down Beat); report on a Black-owned military parachute company in San Diego; and an editorial critique of African-American racist prejudice against interned Japanese-Americans – these magazines are important sources on the history of Black Hollywood: The co-publisher, Lillian Cumber Greene, estranged wife of editor Bene Greenem was soon to become legendary as the first Black woman talent agent in Los Angeles.

Having come to California from Texas as a teenager to make her mark in Hollywood, the magazine Lillian Greene launched in 1939 as “The Bronze Tattler”, was her brainchild, and the title became her personal sobriquet, so when the Greenes separated in 1944, she sued to force the magazine to change its name – which is how the peculiar title “Bronz” came about. These issues include several of her Hollywood-related articles, but they also foretold the death-knell of the magazine when started her own “Sepia Hollywood” in the spring of 1945. Hosting “the best parties that Black Los Angeles had to offer”, Lillian began a 40 year career as Sunset Strip publicity and booking agent of Black entertainers, from Gospel Soul singers to actors and actresses desperate for recognition in radio, television and films. Adding UCLA legal studies to her accomplishments, she became such an icon in the entertainment industry that when the first Black Hollywood Hall of Fame awards were given in 1974, she was won equal recognition with Paul Robeson, Katherine Dunham and Sammy Davis, Jr., and in turn went on to organize the Hollywood Image award ceremonies of the NAACP.

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