Keep the Faith, Baby VHS
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In the world of wartime American politics, there was never going to be room for a larger than life congressman with an unconventional style. Especially when is outspoken views and gutsy determination would spearhead a movement that aimed to make life better for African-Americans everywhere.
Adam Clayton Powell (Harry Lennix, "The Matrix Reloaded") started out as a preacher from Harlem in the early 1940s. His passion for justice and flair for uniting the community soon led to an impressive two-decade career which saw him shake up American Congress and target the deep-rooted racism that ran through the establishment. Powell was naturally charming and a notorious ladies man. His conquests even included famous diva pianist Hazel Scott (Vanessa Williams, "Shaft"). But his maverick nature was also widely resented and his enemies managed to rally enough support to have him thrown out of Congress on charges of misconduct.
This amazing story is told through the eyes of a young journalist who visits the retired Powell in his fishing-village retreat, only to find that the years did little to dull the winning charisma and charm of a true twentieth century icon.
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From what I've read and learned about Adam Clayton Powell, Brother-man was not to be played with--whether that's arrogance or confidence, is up to the observer, but one thing he was NOT was bought. Seems like the word "smooth" had to be invented just to describe him! Lennix oozes wicked cool, and chews up some scenery (I swear, he had either a pipe, cigarette or cigar in EVERY scene!) even in the instances where some of his maneuvers are questionable (re: attitudes towards icons A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King). Say what you will, there's a smattering of hypocrisy in even the noblest among us, but there is no doubt nobody worked it like Adam Clayton Powell. "Papa Don't Take No Mess" might have been a good subtitle!
You have got to check out the scene in the House of Representatives with his 'distinguished colleague' from Mississippi--IT IS HYSTERICAL!
I'd strongly recommend watching and OWNING this one. It's a repeater.
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