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SWEET SWEETBACK’S BADASSSSS SONG Has Never Been Sung So Sweetly

If you go into Melvin Van Peebles’ 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, expecting “blaxploitation” as we’ve come to know it, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. You’d think, given the film’s elevated status, more folks would understand the fact that this is a supremely political polemic against the system. But no, first time viewers expect something like Shaft or Superfly, and get all weirded out by the fact that this is 50% French New Wave and the rest is unapologetically pro-black and anti-establishment. “Director/writer/producer/editor/composer Melvin Van Peebles stars as a black orphan raised in a brothel and groomed to
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