Melvin Van Peebles (not the New Jack City Van Peebles. The OG Sweet Sweetback my-personal-hero Van Peebles) cut this new footage of the #OccupyWallStreet movement to his 1971 song “Love That’s America” which is eerily (sadly) relevant to today’s headlines. Van Peebles’ voice has particular resonance on this issue, because in addition to being the first independent black filmmaker I believe MVP was also the 1st black trader on Wall Street. Head spinning? His career path may defy easy political categories but as Van Peebles has famously said “my politics is to win.” And that is the dude I want on my team. You can get firmly on the Van Peebles team this Thursday when he performs at Zebulon in Brooklyn. Get more info via facespace.


  • Thanks for sharing this Eddie! It’s been very cool to see this track find a second life thanks to the film makers who have, at last count, created 3 OWS videos set to this song.
    In fairness to the filmmakers, we should note that MVP didn’t cut the videos, but he is a champion of young (& not so young) indie filmmakers, so it’s doubly cool to see them find inspiration in his music.

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    That’s right Amy. This is not even the first video for this song to use Occupy Wall Street footage, you can confirm it with a Google or Youtube search. The first was over 2 weeks ago here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGKuX8akRzw