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Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dramatics ...
Themselves
The Staple Singers ...
Themselves
Kim Weston ...
Herself
Jimmy Jones ...
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Rance Allen ...
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The Emotions ...
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William Bell ...
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Louise McCord ...
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Debra Manning ...
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Eric Mercury ...
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Freddy Robinson ...
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Lee Sain ...
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Ernie Hines ...
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Sonny Warner ...
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Documentary with a selection from a non-stop 7-hour musical event at Watts, the Los Angeles Coliseum, August 20, 1972. It's a sort of Woodstock event but with black artists, namely the groups Dramatics, Staple Singers, Rance Allen Group, Emotions, Bar Kays, Mel & Tim. Written by Artemis-9

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23 November 1973 (West Germany)  »

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A portion of the proceeds went to Martin Luther King Hospital and the American Sickle Cell foundation as well as a few other predominantly African-American charities. See more »

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Referenced in An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997) See more »

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Oh La De Da
Performed by The Staple Singers
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Loved it, loved it, loved it!
23 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Not only was I at the colliseum to witness this incredible event from the beginning to the end, but my wife my nephew and I appear briefly on camera. To say that I enjoyed the beautiful expressions that I observed that day is to put it mildly. To see such a large crowd of beautiful, proud and peaceful African Americans celebrating our musical heritage was an event that I will cherish to my grave. I can only give thanks to everyone who participated in making this such a seminal event in my life. I was fortunate enough to be able to tape the movie when it came on cable TV but of course I am anxiously waiting for it to come out on DVD. You know the thing that really impresses me is that this came about as the aftermath of a very violent occurrence and there were, at least to my knowledge, no acts of violence during this event. What a great testament to us. Be proud black folks, be very, very proud.


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