|Zara Cully Brown, Marki Bey & Don Pedro Colley|
A few months ago I watched the movie Sugar Hill with my Great Aunt, Zara Cully Brown playing the part of Mama Maitresse. I was about six years old when she did this film in 1974. I was interested in the film because I thought it was about Sugar Hill in New York, as my mother was born and raised on Sugar Hill. I almost thought it ironic Zara would be playing in a film on the Hill.
I soon discovered that the movie was about a woman named Diane ‘Sugar’ Hill, who wanted revenge on her enemies who brutally murdered her boyfriend after refusing to be shaken down by a gangster racketeer.
Zara was my mother’s Aunt, who was her mother’s (Agnes) sister. I wish I could include a note that my Aunt Zara sent to my mother of how she was not going to accept this job because she would have to hold a snake in the movie and she was scared of snakes. The note is at the Malcolm X Library with my family display, so once I get this, I will post.
I am including a clip below of Zara in action. (Please be patient with the short commercial)
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