This film relates the story of a tightly connected Afro-American community informally called Colored Town where the inhabitants live and depend on each other in a world where racist oppression is everywhere, as told by a boy called Cliff who spent his childhood there. Despite this, we see the life of the community in all its joys and sorrows, of those that live there while others decide to leave for a better life north. For those remaining, things come to a serious situation when one prominent businessman is being muscled out by a white competitor using racist intimidation. In response, the community must make the decision of whether to submit meekly like they always have, or finally fight for their rights. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG for thematic elements including mild violence, language, and sensuality
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Did You Know?
Isaac Hayes (Preacher Hurn) and Richard Roundtree (Uncle Cleve) were both noted for their work on the "Shaft" films; Roundtree portraying the titular character and Hayes writing and recording the infamous theme song. The song included the popular catch phrase "Shut yo' mouth!" Hayes used this name line in character when Melvin was exclaiming to the older group of gentlemen all the benefits of living up North, he stated that Colored men even drive buses. I disbelief, Preacher Hurn interjected "Shut yo' mouth!" See more
We got peace with the white man as long as we do what he says.
Written and Performed by Lionel Cole See more