Business in the Black-
The rise of black business in America

This film is special

How slaves went to college?

We examine how slaves learned to read and write, how they were qualified to attend college and we name names of graduates in the 1800's

What racists did to destroy black business districts

We examine what happen in Tusla, OK 

(Black Wall Street) and we name business districts that were destroyed with construction of freeways.

Names of black millionaires in the 1800's, Slaves who bought their freedom, interviews with people whose family owned a business in the early 1900's and so much more.




Schedule of upcoming showings

July 12th

St. Antonio, TX

Details forthcoming

During NAACP convention

July 26th

New Orleans, LA

Community Bookstore

 2523 Bayou Rd 

Pre-reception at 6

Film starts at 6:30

Admission $5

August 1st

Columbus, OH

Details forthcoming

During National Urban League convention

August 8th

Boston, MA

Details forthcoming

September 12-20

East Coast Tour

Washington, DC

Baltimore, MD

Philadelphia, PA

East Orange, NJ

Dover, DE

New York, NY

Hartford, CT

September 28th

Tulsa, OK

Details forthcoming

So far in 2018 we've had a showing in 

Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Louisville, Cincinnati, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

We are looking for organizations to host a showing in their city,  if you're interested contact us and lets make it happen.

Background and highlights

Released May 2017

It premiered at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Then it toured to  Atlanta, Phoenix, Seattle, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, Canada.

So far in 2018 its shown in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, Toledo and Chicago.

At our showing we usually have a pre-reception with speakers and the film then Q&A with me.

Click here to watch interview on FoxTv in Cincinnati 

Major Highlights

*In Los Angeles it showed in Hollywood

*Received a proclamation from the Toledo City Council

*An original Tuskegee Airman attended our Cincinnati showing

*It showed at the Association of the Study of Black Life and History conference

*It showed at the Harlem YMCA

*In Las Vegas and San Jose, some people hosted a private reception 

Media Coverage

*Article in Los Angeles Sentinel, New Orleans Tribune, Toledo Journal and Chicago Defender (Click here to read the article)

*TV interview in Detroit, and Cincinnati

*Radio interview in New Orleans, Houston, Toledo and Philadelphia

Anthony Brogdon


Anthony Brogdon is the creator

He got the idea to produce this documentary after finding video footage of a black business event he produced in 1994 which featured several black business owners who operated in the 1940's. 

Production took two years to complete.

He has one other film  

The Great Detroit a documentary

Released in 2014.

Up next is Foot Soldiers a drama about the relationship between a mentor and mentee, due to start production in 2018. We'll start a crowd funding campaign June 1st (details soon)

Business in the Black


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