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After the Ku Klux Klan rampage St. Louis in 1919, an ambitious, Afro girl performs to inspire her fans to march and roar for justice and freedom.
In 1919, CLAUDIA NIGRO, an Afro girl, and her girlfriends enjoy watching her father sing and play jazz at the Showboat. But ANGUS MACLEARY and his Ku Klux Klan arrive to get rid of this “naughty sin”. Claudia mimics his facial expressions. Angus chases and beats Claudia. Her father returns from Broadway because he got drunk one night. Claudia’s mother sends him out to fetch food. Angus and his KKK lynch him. Claudia runs to the zoo in shock and despair, and learns to boogie-woogie as she pays attention to the animals with her Cuban boyfriend.
Claudia successfully auditions and performs in the musicals: “After An Hour Of Love” and “Painful Harmony”. She flirts with her boyfriend, then he sweeps her away in a romance. But Angus and his KKK attack to slap tar and feathers all over her boyfriend. Crying silently, Claudia helps him to walk home. After Claudia leads a protest against the violence at City Hall, the KKK swarm throughout Southside to kill the Afro men, women and children. Two National Guards shoot their machine gun to wipe them out. A Sopwith plane destroys the Showboat.
Claudia directs the Afro survivors to produce a musical, “African Voices”, which satirizes the death and destruction of her people. She takes a test to discover her pregnancy. Then the show begins with a mockery of African animals being butchered by safari hunters for their trophies. Angus and his KKK attack. Claudia dances sensuously. Angus shoots his Thompson submachine gun, then loads, fumbles and kills himself. An agent hustles Claudia to Broadway. She inspires the Roaring Twenties.