Recently, TV One ran this late at night and I recorded it. Though a little slow-moving, this is a whole helluva lot better than some EBT church play for a dull-ass Sunday afternoon. I wish TV One would bring back other classics like Dummy or Battered where Chip Fields plays an abused wife. (I guess I got a thing for Levar Burton this week, LOL.)
Fine @ss Billy Dee played the underrated musical genius alongside a very young Clifton Davis, whose performance was not half-bad. Margaret Avery plays Belle, one of many wives the composer would have in his short life.
In short, this is about a man and his craft. He created great music that was associated with the negativity that comes with being colored/negro/black/AA and like hip-hop today, it is eventually "stolen" by others once it receives national recognition. To learn more about this great master of sound, click here.