10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

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SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG

Produced, written, directed and starring Melvin Van Peeples, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song was made in 19 days with a budget of $500,000, raised by Van Peeples’ family and friends—one of which was Bill Cosby who contributed a $50,000 loan to the making of the project. Although only two theaters in the United States would show the controversial picture—one in Detroit and the other in Atlanta—it went on to reportedly gross over $4 million domestically.

SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG

Produced, written, directed and starring Melvin Van Peeples, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song…