Before Spike Lee there was Melvin Van Peebles, one of the greatest black actors, filmmakers, playwrights, novelists and composers who talks about how difficult it was to get his movie Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song into commercial theaters in the early ’70s.

The movie was rated X by the MPAA which prevented his movie from being advertised in the commercial newspapers before it was rated. Here he explains the politics he had to encounter as a black filmmaker in the early 70s

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Kevin Ross
Kevin "KevRoss" Ross is a music and radio industry expert. He is a 20 -plus year entrepreneur with the leading most successful industry trade publication and site Radio Facts (www.radiofacts.com). He has also published various books, magazines, performed marketing and promotions for major corporations and recording artists and he is on the advisory board of several industry organizations. This year Ross introduced his non profit organization LOMARI (Leaders of the Music and Recording Industry) to help teach young minority students how to market and manage their music and products.

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