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KTLA Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month, also called African American History Month, began in February 1976, 50 years after the first celebration of Negro History Week, according to a federal government website about the tradition.

In 2014, KTLA celebrates by honoring the contributions of “Hollywood Dreamers” of African descent who have had a major impact on media in the United States.

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Brittish Director and Hollywood Dreamer Steve McQueen is best known for 12 Years a Slave, for wich he recieved an Academy Award nomiation. Sam Rubin reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

KTLA is celebrating Hollywood Dreamers “Moms Mabley” and Richard Pryor. Mabley opened doors for many of today’s female comedians and Pryor, an actor and comedian, was described as the Picasso of his profession by fellow entertainer Jerry Seinfeld. Chris Schauble reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

02/24/14

Black History Month: Spike Lee

With more than 35 films produced since 1983, Spike Lee is haled as one of the most respected names in Hollywood. KTLA’s Cher Calvin reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

02/21/14

Black History Month: James Avery

KTLA pays tribute to Hollywood Dreamer James Avery, the actor best known for his role as Uncle Phil on the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Derrin Horton reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Writer, director and producer Shonda Rhimes and actress Kerry Washington are Hollywood Dreamers who teamed up in the hit drama Scandal. Megan Henderson reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Dana Elaine Owens, better known as Queen Latifah, is an established actress, talk show host and rapper. Gayle Anderson reports for the KTLA Morning News on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

Singer and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson, through tragedy and triumph, she remains a shining example.

A pioneering actress who paved the way for other African-American actresses, Butterfly McQueen is a “Hollywood Dreamer,” just like Halle Berry. Sam Rubin reports for the KTLA Morning News on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

A legendary actor who was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, Sidney Poitier is also synonymous with the struggle for civil rights. This video aired on the KTLA Morning News on Monday Feb. 10, 2014.

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