Melvin Van Peebles, groundbreaking filmmaker, actor and novelist, dies at 89

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New York Daily News

NEW YORK — The Godfather of Black Cinema has died. Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker known for writing, co-producing, scoring, editing and starring in the 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” died Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan. His family, The Criterion Collection and Janus Films confirmed his death in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “In an unparalleled career distinguished by relentless innovation, boundless curiosity and spiritual empathy, Melvin Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape through his films, novels, p…

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