The Ebony Film Corporation was based in Chicago. It was managed by whites, but had two black executives, the Pollard Brothers, Luther and Harry. Luther directed and Harry served as a talent scout and agent. The company tried to avoid obnoxious stereotypes, but picked up some older films from another company that didn't care and wound up ruining its reputation.
Moving Picture World, 20-July-1918
"...the next series of Ebony comedies will be a departure from the usual custom of production, inasmuch as the five comedies will be enacted by a mixed cast of white and negro comedians, the negro humor still predominating."