Melvin Van Peebles, Godfather of Black Cinema, Dies at 89 https://t.co/cvX9SxUioe— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 22, 2021
Iconic filmmaker, actor, and author Melvin Van Peebles has died. He was 89.
Van Peebles died Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan, surrounded by his family. Van Peebles helped pioneer Black films in the 1970s films including Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.
We are saddened to announce the passing of a giant of American cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, who died last night, at home with family, at the age of 89. In an unparalleled career, Van Peebles made an indelible mark on the international cultural landscape. He will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/HpciXXVoYo— Criterion Collection (@Criterion) September 22, 2021