Long before he starred in the TV version of Amos ‘n’ Andy, Spencer Williams directed black casts in films made for black audiences, and while this 1946 low-budget feature lacks the quirky obsessiveness of his religious dramas, it’s a sincere attempt to counter Hollywood stereotyping with virtuous yet human role models. A talented young singer leaves her small town for New York and encounters a madam who offers her lodging; Williams is the cabdriver who installs her in a hotel where she hooks up with a band. The film’s technical limitations can be interesting: some of the editing is curiously disjunctive, and the disorienting series of locales, rather than suggesting New York, creates a walled-off world that mirrors African-Americans’ segregated existence. 62 min.