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Melvin Van Peebles was my father, too

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My heart pumped fast when I saw the news alert Wednesday that Melvin Van Peebles — filmmaker, actor, poet, songwriter, author, playwright, painter, options trader on the American Stock Exchange, father of modern Black cinema — had died. Though he was 89 and ill the past few years, I texted one of his three children in disbelief to confirm.

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