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The color was beautiful , sound clear. This film was supposed to be about the Harlem cultural festival 1969. If I wanted to see a docomentary about black history during the 60' s , I'll watch PBS. To edit Mahalia Jackson' s solo number was a disgrace . not to mention the brief clip of the first female comedian super star "jackie moms mabley " . spike lee should have edited the 47 forgotten film reels. Who or where is gospel singer Clara William's, she was allowed to sing a full song . did Questlove think she was famous singer Clara ward? The focus should have been on the the festival , not viet nam , black panthers , and death's of great white and black leaders .
When this movie won an academy award, I though it was worth a peek. I ordered it and it came very fast. When I started viewing it, it looked more like something that would not even fit BET today. The acts were marginalized with testimonies throughout the acts and the woman called Nina Simone was off the chain. She was shouting chants to the crowd "are you ready to kill? are you ready to burn?" The crowd shouted back "yes! Yes!". in that day and time, and even now, those chants would have been trouble and the network that broadcasted it would be culpable for any damage or casualties that followed the broadcast. Not broadcasting was not racially motivated, it was safety motivated. They said it could not be broadcasted, but some of it was broadcasted to interview those at the concert about the Moon Landing in July 1969. They tried to compare this concert with Woodstock, but Woodstock was all about love. There were no racial or violent epithets spoken at Woodstock.