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mikeadean Mario Van Peebles, Greg Tate, Melvin Van Peebles.
Things I didn't know until this interview:
1. Watermelon Man was directed by MVP
2. "Sweetback" out-grossed "Love Story"
3. Role of John Shaft was written for a White guy but due to "Sweetback's" success....
4. "Sweetback's" soundtrack was done by a newly formed band called Earth, Wind & Fire and sold as an album.
5. #4 is reason Issac Hayes was selected to do Shaft, then Curtis Mayfield to do Superfly.
I salute, bow down and pay homage to Mr. Melvin Van Peebles. He is a Man's Man of courage, fortitude and IS a Badassss... the film Badassss! is #inspiring.
#MelvinVanPeebles #MarioVanPeebles #Badassss #SweetSweetbacksBadassssong
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  •   mikeadean 6. Success of "Sweet Sweetback's Badasss Song" was directly due to the Black Panthers mandating it as a "must-see film." There had never been a film where a Black Man had "triumphed" over "the man" and got away with killing a white cop. 8mon

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mikeadean Before the screening of Mario Van Peebles' film "Badassss!" which came after a conversation with Mario and his father, Melvin Van Peebles, there was a performance by the Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative band featuring Burnt Sugar Arkestra members. Twas incredible!
#MelvinVanPeebles #MarioVanPeebles #DavidRubensteinAtriumatLincolnCenter #FatherSonLove #Badassss #SweetSweetbacksBadassssong #MelvinVanPeebleswidLaxative
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mikeadean Before the screening of Mario Van Peebles' film "Badassss!" which came after a conversation with Mario and his father, Melvin Van Peebles, there was a performance by the Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative band featuring Burnt Sugar Arkestra members. Twas incredible!
#MelvinVanPeebles #MarioVanPeebles #DavidRubensteinAtriumatLincolnCenter #FatherSonLove #Badassss #SweetSweetbacksBadassssong #MelvinVanPeebleswidLaxative
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mikeadean What a night! Witnessed great Father & Son love between Melvin & Mario Van Peebles. Listened to them tell their wonderful story of trials & tribulations during their journey as Father & Son and as filmmakers. Stories of how the Father was successful in Hollywood, then was told he was finished in Hollywood, and STILL... he made a successful film! 8mon

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kennected @vinyloftheday @cratedigger @zumbizoom Earth, Wind & Fire's very first album from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of "Sweet Sweetback's Badasss Song. The album that put the group on the map thanks to Melvin Van Peebles#firstpressings #vinyl #collection #valenciafilter #EWF #EarthWindandFire #SweetSweetbacksBadasssSong #melvinvanpeebles #blaxploitation 3y

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