Remember the first "Imitation of Life"? It starred Louise Beavers and Claudette Colbert in 1934.
Paul Robeson starred as Brutus Jones in the 1933 "Emperor Jones".
Now for a big time all Black cast for Carmen Jones that came out in 1954.
It had some of the old time greats such as:
Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Diahann Carroll, Brock Peters, and Roy Glenn.