A twentysomething woman chooses the type of music she wants to listen to on her phone. Circa 1970s, a second twentysomething woman walks on the sidewalk. A third twentysomething woman leans against a car. Wearing a leather jacket, Aloe Blaac as Marvin Gaye, recreates his 1971 album cover, “What’s Going On.“
His hand in his pockets, he continues to stand as people run on the sidewalk. A police car parks at the corner. Police officers, in riot gear, spray tear gas into the crowd as people protest the Vietnam War. A twentysomething man as Louis Armstrong plays the saxophone as Blacc sings on stage. Gaye (Blacc), plays the piano in his family room. A boxer punches the air as he walks with his coaches in the hallway. Blacc, as Muhammad Ali, continues to walk as photographers snap pictures of him.
A red curtain pulls up on stage of Soul Train as a cameraman films the people dancing. Blacc drinks some liquor as he walks through the crowd. Reporters ask Malcolm X (Blacc) a question as he walks on the street. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Blacc) walks into a building. Black men link arms with him as they march on the street in Selma, Alabama.
Black men changed history during the late 60s and 70s as they fought for the rights for their brothers, sisters, and future children. Marvin Gaye, back in the early 70s, questioned the state of the world in his social message song, “What’s Going On.” He wanted a better world and implored others to do the same.
Muhammad Ali was a professional boxer. According to Brittanica.com, he “was the first fighter to win the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions.” He may be known in pop culture for the catchphrase, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” However, he spoke up against the Vietnam War and protested it by not fighting in it. The Huffington Post reported, “he’d spend the next four years battling for his beliefs in court instead of the ring, and after his 1967 arrest for draft dodging, all of his state boxing licenses were stripped.”
Back in the 70s, Soul Train determined the style of the day. The premise of the show featured R&B bands as Black people danced. During its run, it branched off to own its award show and made household names of dancers Jody Watley, Jermaine Stewart and Rosie Perez.
Director: Matty Barnes Year: 2014