in Hits & Misses by
“What’chu mayonaise-eatin’
muthafukkas lookin’ at, huh?!?
You never seen no black man chew a
Dutch Masters down to the nub befoe?!?”

Melvin Van Peebles 
Filmmaker, musician, melon baller.
August 21, 1932 – September 21, 2021.
Aged 89 years.

Most recognized for: After directing the big-budget comedy “Watermelon Man” in 1970, Melvin went strictly indie. Funded solely by himself and a 50K loan from Bill Cosby, his magnum opus “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” essentially created the blaxploitation film genre. He would later become the subject of the documentary film “How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company” and his son Mario’s biographical stroke piece “Baadasssss!”