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The roaring 20s gave birth to the Charleston, bob-haircuts, speakeasies and the movie career of Lorenzo Tucker – The Black Valentino – of race movies. But unlike Valentino, he was one of the few silent film stars Black or White to survive the transition from silent to sound film. Tucker, was tall, dark and handsome. He was a popular romantic leading man of all-Black cast movies. He played opposite some of the industries most beautiful women – including Hollywood legend Mae West.  But his looks often gave him a difficult road to travel with Whites and Blacks.



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