A Giant of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles Dies At 89 : NPR

Written by on September 23, 2021

Melvin Van Peebles at a 2018 film festival in Hollywood.

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Melvin Van Peebles at a 2018 film festival in Hollywood.

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Influential director Melvin Van Peebles died on Tuesday night at home in Manhattan. The 89-year-old director was best known for his independent films Watermelon Man (1970) and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971).

He was also the father of Mario Van Peebles, with . . .



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