"The story of a coon for whom nobody does nothing, therefore he does nothing for nobody". Minstrel star, best known for his duets with Byron Harlan (see: Put Your Arms Around Me Honey).
Bert Williams was a black writer & performer in the blackfaced minstrel circuit, who had to blacken his face and whiten his lips just like the white musicians. Success and stardom were two different things for a black entertainer a century ago. He couldn't even order a drink at the bar of the theater he sold out daily. He was the first black accepted in the actors union, inducted by W.C. Fields.