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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 ...
Himself
Rance Allen ...
Himself
The Emotions ...
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William Bell ...
Himself
Louise McCord ...
Herself
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 ...
Himself (as Little Sonny Warner)
The Newcomers ...
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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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Performed by The Bar-Kays
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21 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is one great film not only because of the classic concert footage, but because of the fact that the cameras went out into the community and showed how life was and, for the most part, still is in the inner city. Of course, I am a little biased due to the fact that I live in Los Angeles. In fact, the non concert footage could stand alone as a separate film due to the fact that they show various aspects of African-American life. Also, it is quite sad to see Richard Pryor in this film. This was before the years of abuse began to take their toll and probably helped contribute to the Multiple Sclerosis, which would contribute to his death years later. However, the concert footage is what pushed this film over the top, especially the footage of Issac Hayes. You pretty much could see why he was inducted some 30 years later into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This not only a great concert film, but a great commentary Black America.


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