Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM - Robert Townsend On ‘The Five Heartbeats’ Documentary, Whitney Houston + More
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Townsend is a pioneer for many artists in Hollywood. As a writer, director and actor, he's built an extensive resume of television and film work, bringing black stories to audiences around the world.
Season 8 Episode 11
Writer, director, producer, actor, and comedian Robert Townsend has over 30 years of experience working in film and television. With credits such as Hollywood Shuffle, The Five Heartbeats, In the Hive and Playin’ For Love, Townsend discusses his multi-faceted and successful career in front of and behind the camera.
What are we to make of the first black superhero movie, 25 years later? Townsend answers that question, talks about his inspiration for the film, not seeing limitations, what it's like to ask Michael Jackson for a song, and more.
Vulture | Underrated - Tracing the Influence of Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle With Open Mike Eagle
“My agent told me, ‘Robert, they only do one black movie a year. You just did it. Be happy.’”
That blunt articulation of how black actors are marginalized served as the catalyst for Townsend to write, direct, and star in 1987’s Hollywood Shuffle, a brutally biting satire of Hollywood’s institutionalized racism and its erasure of the nonwhite experience.
SWAY'S UNIVERSE - Cinematic Pioneer Robert Townsend Speaks on New Documentary ‘Making The Five Heartbeats'
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