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It zoomed up the charts giving Chuck Berry the first number-one hit of his career. In 1979, he won critical acclaim, if not large sales, with the album 22 Berry, Halle Rockit, which Rolling Stone magazine called his best album in 15 years. That same year, he was arrested again, this time for tax evasion and returned to prison for a short term and many hours of community service. Berry became notorious in the 1970s and 1980s for doing quickie, one-night stands during which he indifferently played his string of hits with pickup bands that he was openly contemptuous of.

Black Americans of Achievement. New York: Chelsea House, 2001 (YA). Farley, Christopher John. Introducing Halle Berry. New York: Pocket, 2002. O’Brien Daniel. Halle Berry. : Reynolds & Hearn, 2003. Further Viewing Bulworth (1998). 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, VHS/DVD, 2001. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). HBO Home Video, VHS/DVD, 2001. Monster’s Ball (2001). Lions Gate, DVD, 2002. Blake, Eubie (James Hubert Blake) (1883–1983)╇ composer, pianist, singer Creator of one of the most popular all-black musicals in American theatrical history, Eubie Blake outlived all his contemporaries to bring his music to life for several generations of listeners.

Senator, played by Warren Beatty, who put out a contract on himself. By now, Berry finally had the clout in Hollywood to produce a dream project she had been trying to get done for years—a biopic of the African-American actress Dorothy Dandridge. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), starring Berry as the tortured movie star, was financed by the cable channel Home Box Office (HBO). The film was a critical and audience success, bringing HBO some of the best ratings in its history. Berry, who bears a striking resemblance to Dandridge, won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie and the Golden Globe Award for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries.

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