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Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson is the Patton Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, Single Black Female, and “Underground,” “Monroe,” and “The Mamalogues”: Three Plays.

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Melvin Van Peebles: Essential Films

Don’t Play Us Cheap: The Sacredness of Saturday Night, or the Gospel According to Melvin Van Peebles

The first Black-directed movie musical of the modern film era, Melvin Van Peebles’s drama illuminates the cultural and political concerns of working-class Black people with delight and fancy.

By Lisa B. Thompson