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Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles established his legacy not only as the iconoclastic founding father of modern African American cinema but black Broadway theater as well, producing, writing, directing, and sometimes even acting in his groundbreaking endeavors. Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, his first American musical, was hailed as one of the best Broadway theater pieces of the 1971-72 season, and his film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) became legendary. He has been equally prolific across...See more