I watched each night of Dave Karger's TCM Spotlight on Gay Hollywood to see if there would be any black representation. There was not. No black representation at all. And there could have been. Lorraine Hansberry was a playwright, a social activist and openly lesbian. I don't know if young Mr. Karger was aware of that, but A RAISIN IN THE SUN could have been included in his movie line-up for that Pride Month special series. In addition to writing the play, Lorraine Hansberry wrote the screenplay for the film released by Columbia Pictures.
It is an absolutely fascinating documentary. Look for it online and watch it. I was lucky enough to interview Oscar winner Lou Gossett Jr. in his L.A. home back in 2012. He knew Hansberry. He was in her play and in her film adaptation of it. I asked him who should play Lorraine Hansberry in a biopic feature film if one was made on her life and, quicker than a heartbeat, Gossett's enthusiastic reply was "Taraji P. Henson."
There you have it. Some Black History, some LGBT history and some Hollywood history all made by the same talented black woman -- the late, great Lorraine Hansberry.