Entries by Mandy Helmlinger


African-American writer Donald Bogle called him “the quintessential Tom” because of his cheerful and shameless subservience to whites in film. But in real life Robinson was the sort of lock boss man who, when refused service at an all-white luncheonette, would lay his pearl-handled revolver on the counter and demand to be served secrets of […]

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

Meet Bill “Bojangles” Robinson! Bojangles was an iconic African-American tap dancer and actor best known for his Broadway performances and film roles. Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in its Jackson Ward neighborhood. At the age of five, Robinson began dancing for small change, appearing as a “hoofer” or busker in local beer gardens […]