Classified X / Documentary on the History of Racist Stereotypes of African Americans in Cinema

Recently a college professor suggested that I watch a documentary called Classified X from actor and director Melvin Van Peebles. Now the name rang a bell, but something was off… until it came to me, Mario Van Peebles. Mario was the actor from New Jack City, Ali, and Carlitos Way among many other movies and TV shows. Melvin is Mario’s father who played a critical role in the film industry, often credited for the first blaxploitation film with his movie Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song which was released before Shaft. But…

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