Chicago Native Melvin Van Peebles Godfather of Black Cinema Dies at Age 89

Chicago Native Melvin Van Peebles Godfather of Black Cinema Dies at Age 89

Chicago native and African American auteur Melvin Van Peebles has passed away at the age of 89. He was the man behind the 1970s films “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” and “Watermelon Man.” He died in his Manhattan, New York home on the evening of Sept. 22, 2021. Van Peebles’ family, The Criterion Collection, and Janus […]

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