MELVIN VAN PEEBLES, ‘THE GODFATHER OF BLACK CINEMA’ WHOSE FILM SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG TRIGGERED THE BLAXPLOITATION GENRE – OBITUARY

Melvin Van Peebles, who has died aged 89, began his career aged 10 selling clothes on the streets of south Chicago and later became an options trader on the New York Stock Exchange; in between he was one of the first black Americans to gain a commission in the US Air Force and one of the first black directors given a Hollywood contract. © Michael Ochs Archives Melvin Van Peebles in 1971 -...

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