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  • Las Vegas City Council and the BSA

    FEB
    2006

    01

    City Of Las Vegas Honors Black Stuntmen

    Willie Harris, Evelyn Cuffee, Henri Kingi, Tony Vas, Jolly Brown, Alex Brown and Joffrey Brown and the Black Stuntmens Association Honored By the Las Vegas City Council and Mayor Oscar Goodman for their efforts in changing the face of the the movie industry in Hollywood and on TV giving black stuntmen and women an opportunity to have careers in an industry where they were previouslyexcluded.

  • California State Assembly Resolution and the BSA

    FEB
    2010

    25

    California Legislature/Gov Schwarzenegger Present Proclamation To Black Stuntmens Association

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Recognizing the historic founding of the Black Stuntmen's Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women. Whereas a group of African-American stuntmen, athletes, and extras founded the Black Stuntmen's Association in Los Angeles, California, in 1967 to combat racial discrimination and create equal opportunities for all people of color in the motion picture and television stunt industry; Whereas the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women was formed in 1973 to continue the fight against racial bias in the industry; Whereas motion picture and television productions at the time commonly featured White stuntmen and women as stunt doubles for African-American actors and those of other races, using makeup to darken their complexion in a process known as a `paint-down'; Whereas African-Americans were routinely denied job opportunities and formal training in the stunt industry due to lingering racism; Whereas the increased use of African-American actors in motion pictures and television in the 1960s brought more attention to the common industry practice of using only White stuntmen and women; Whereas the Black Stuntmen's Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women pursued legal action to bring additional diversity to the motion picture and television industry and continued to monitor compliance with the resulting agreements; Whereas the original members of the Black Stuntmen's Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women paved the way for greater racial equality in the motion picture and television industry in the ensuing years, but in many cases were unable to benefit from their hard-won victory; Whereas the efforts of the Black Stuntmen's Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women also helped tear down discriminatory barriers and prejudices in other parts of the motion picture and television industry, both in front of and behind the camera; and Whereas members of the Black Stuntmen's Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women have made a significant and lasting contribution to the quality of motion picture and television productions in the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress-- (1) recognizes the historic founding of the Black Stuntmen's Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women, and (2) honors the contributions of these organizations and their members in the fight for racial equality and justice in the motion picture and television industry.