Melvin Van Peebles is such an extraordinary pioneer it’s a wonder there aren’t statues in his honour. He is the man-who-can in so many fields: the first black director of the modern age, the first man to really just talk over music (and pioneering rap along the way), even the first black trader on Wall Street. In his lecture at the 2008 Red Bull Music Academy, he tells us all about his incredible life in film and music, from sleeping on park benches to throwing people down elevators to blowing up police cars and threatening Hells Angels. But really, all he wants to do is tell stories. Here’s his. Check out a real MVP.
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