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The Queen of Sugar Hill
The Queen of Sugar Hill: A Novel of Hattie McDaniel | Reshonda Tate
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Bestselling author ReShonda Tate presents a fascinating fictional portrait of Hattie McDaniel, one of Hollywoods most prolific but woefully underappreciated starsand the first Black person ever to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in the critically acclaimed film classic Gone With the Wind. It was supposed to be the highlight of her career, the pinnacle for which shed worked all her life. And as Hattie McDaniel took the stage in 1940 to claim an honor that would make her the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award, she tearfully took her place in history. Between personal triumphs and tragedies, heartbreaking losses, and severe setbacks, this historic night of winning best supporting actress for her role as the sassy Mammy in the controversial movie Gone With the Wind was going to be life-changing. Or so she thought. Months after winning the award, not only did the Oscar curse set in where Hattie couldnt find work, but she found herself thrust in the middle of two worldsBlack and Whiteand not being welcomed in either. Whites only saw her as Mammy and Blacks detested the demeaning portrayal. As the NAACP waged an all-out war against Hattie and actors like her, the emotionally conflicted actor found herself struggling daily. Through it all, Hattie continued her fight to pave a path for other Negro actors, while focusing on war efforts, fighting housing discrimination, and navigating four failed marriages. Luckily, she had a core group of friends to help her outfrom Clark Gable to Louise Beavers to Ruby Berkley Goodwin and Dorothy Dandridge. The Queen of Sugar Hill brings to life the powerful story of one woman who was driven by many passionsambition, love, sex, family, friendship, and equality. In re-creating Hatties story, ReShonda Tate delivers an unforgettable novel of resilience, dedication, and determinationabout what it takes to achieve your dreamseven when everythingand everyoneis against you.
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📖𝓑𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀👑

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐮𝐠𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐢𝐥𝐥 by 𝐑𝐞𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐓𝐚𝐭𝐞 is the fascinating, heartbreaking, fictionalized story of Hattie McDaniel's too-short, remarkable life. She fought against racism & discrimination, & achieved “firsts,“ including winning an Oscar, but was criticized for accepting “demeaning“ roles when the only parts available to her because she was Black were domestics & enslaved women. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hattie McDaniel is now on my radar. Society handicapped her in ways that were unjust, unkind and down right hateful at times. History is an important fact of who we are and where we are today. There were many moments during my reading that I had to close the book and say a quick prayer. The author understood the assignment…her words flowed flawlessly and set in my soul in a manner that allows me to truly appreciate who Hattie McDaniel was.

Librarybelle Stacking this! 1mo
Bookpearl @Librarybelle It‘s definitely worth reading! 1mo
julieclair This book looks fascinating and sad and important. Thanks for sharing, as I had never heard of it. Stacked. 1mo
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The amount of research that must‘ve gone into this one is impressive. Learned so much about Hattie McDaniel that I hadn‘t known before. Tate did a beautiful job of bringing Hattie to life. Amazing how many stars and future stars she knew during her day. Also didn‘t realize just how many films she‘d actually been in, though I was aware she‘d been on stage before she did film.