Produced, written, directed and starring Melvin Van Peeples, Sweet Sweetbackâ€™s Baadasssss Song was made in 19 days with a budget of $500,000, raised by Van Peeplesâ€™ family and friendsâ€”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 pictureâ€”one in Detroit and the other in Atlantaâ€”it went on to reportedly gross over $4 million domestically.
Anslem Samuel, Senior Producer, has been a culture critic and entertainment journalist for over 10 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for XXLMag.com. Also heading up an award-winning relationship blog, he now brings his lifestyle expertise to BlackEnterprise.com