The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.
By United Press International

New film is set during 2003 blackout

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- BET has announced plans to air "Blackout," a new movie set in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, N.Y., during the massive power outage of 2003.

Melvin Van Peebles goes hip-hop

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Blaxploitation filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles is trying his hand at hip-hop.

Shooting their way out

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- "Born into Brothels," one of 12 films on the short list of possible nominees for this year's feature-length documentary Oscar, is an unflinching look at the rough lives of children growing up in Calcutta's red light district -- and one woman's attempt to
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: Spirit Awards accent youth

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- "Sideways," a comedy about great expectations and disappointing outcomes in the lives of its characters, led the way with six nominations Tuesday when nominees
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin "Block" Van Peebles (born August 21, 1932) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer.

He is most famous for creating the acclaimed film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, which heralded a new era of African American focused films. He is the father of actor and director Mario Van Peebles.

Van Peebles was born Melvin Peebles in Chicago, Illinois to an African-American tailor. He joined the Air Force in 1954, thirteen days after graduating (B.A., 1953) from Ohio Wesleyan University, staying for three and a half years. He married a German woman, Maria Marx. They lived in Mexico for a brief period, where he painted portraits, before coming back to the United States, where he started driving cable cars in San Francisco.

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