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The Songhai Princess (1990) | Dr. Edward W. Robinson Tee Collins Animation #IndependentVoices
Independent Voices is Reelblack's playlist of seminal and vital work by Black Independent filmmakers. Princess Nzinga, the daughter of a 15th century Songhai emperor is kidnapped from the palace by the Wicked Witch of the Mountains, and is rescued after many years and adventures by medical student Imhotep. Dr. Edward W. Robinson, Jr. (1918-2012) was born and raised in North Philadelphia, he attended Central High School and received degrees from Virginia State College for Negroes (now University) in Petersburg, Virginia, and Temple University Law School. He served in the Second World War in the U.S. Army and, among other appointments, was Pennsylvania’s executive deputy secretary, executive director of the city’s Minority Business Council and the first African American to be appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In the 1950s, Mr. Robinson became co-owner of the Provident Home Industrial Mutual Life Insurance Co., a small firm which he developed into a multimillion-dollar business. A prolific author and producer, Dr. Robinson co-authored the seminal book “Journey of the Songhai People,” published in 1970, and the guidebook, “The World of Africans and Afro-Americans.” He also produced the best-selling historical album, “Black Rhapsody.” Produced in 1987, it includes his signature story, “The Eagle Who Thought He Was a Chicken.” He and his wife co-authored the book “‘Twas the Night Before Kwanzaa.” Shared for historical purposes. I do not own the rights. ##### Reelblack's mission is to educate, elevate, entertain, enlighten, and empower through Black film. If there is content shared on this platform that you feel infringes on your intellectual property, please email me at and with details and it will be promptly removed.

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