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Ethel Moses was known as "the black Jean Harlow" and starred in a number of films in the 1930s . She was a significant actress during the Golden Era of Harlem, celebrated for both her beauty and her"good girl" image.

A popular Harlem star of the 1920s, Ethel Moses began her career as a dancer and a singer and as a chorus girl on Broadway. Moses rose to cinema fame as one of the leading ladies in the films of legendary Black filmmaker Oscar Mischeaux. With Mischeaux, Moses made several classic films, including Temptation in 1935, Underworld in 1937, God's Stepchildren in 1938, and Birthright in 1939.

Theresa Harris- She is a famous actress who refused to be given roles that portrayed black women negatively. She is one of many black people who stood up for the "thingification" of black bodies that came from fetishes.