Jackson's attitude during the later phase indicates that his commentaries on
conditions in the industry may have become too radical for Billboard's
policies. On the other hand, Billboard might have initiated a less liberal
policy after the untimely illness and subsequent death of Donaldson, only
about a month after "The Page" closed. Perhaps shortly before Donaldson's
death, he no longer controlled the publication. Until further documentation
can be obtained, I can only conjecture the reasons that "The Page" closed.
Still, the short-lived column tried to validate black performance and move it
into the mainstream of the American entertainment industry. Once "The
Page" gave voice to black performers, it was impossible to stifle the
onslaught of talent that demanded proper recognition.
1 James Albert Jackson, "J. A. Jackson's Page," Billboard 6 Nov. 1920: 15. 3 Jackson, "Why Cry; Bad Business?" Billboard 8 July 1922: 107. 4 Tom Fletcher, 100 Years of the Negro in Show business ( New York: Burdge and
Company, 1954) 33. 5 Jackson, "Is not the Time Ripe for a Big Colored Show, Billboard " 8 Jan. 1921: 36. 11 Jackson, Billboard 22 Jan. 1921: 34. 12 Ibid., ( 15 Apr. 1922) 47. 13
Tabloid companies are shows that perform one hour or ninety-minute condensed
versions of successful musical comedies.
14 Jackson, "The Gifts of the Year in Amusement," Billboard 15 Dec. 1924: 100-106. 15 Ibid., ( 30 Dec. 1922) 49. 16 Ibid., ( 20 Nov. 1920) 45. 17 Ibid., ( 11 Feb. 1922) 46. 18 Ibid., ( 8 Oct. 1921) 95. 19 Ibid., "The Present Situation of the Colored Performer: The Most Handicapped, Yet
the Most Hopeful of Artists," Billboard 10 Dec. 1921: 16. 20
Interview with Dick Campbell at the National Conference on African American
Theater at the Days Inn Hotel in Baltimore, April 10, 1987.
Interview with Lawrence J. Bailey at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, California, June 1995.
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Book title: Pages from the Harlem Renaissance:A Chronicle of Performance.
Contributors: Anthony D. Hill - Author.
Publisher: Peter Lang.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1996.
Page number: 31.
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