Melvin Van Peebles is equal parts musician, filmmaker, and activist. He has crafted numerous films, plays, albums, documentaries, and books to illustrate the injustice of racial inequality. His first film, The Story Of A Three-Day Pass, was about an African-American soldier who is punished for a weekend fling with a white woman in France. It's dramatic, subtle, and heartbreaking. His second film, The Watermelon Man, is a somewhat broad comedy about a bigoted white man who has to deal with being black after his skin inexplicably darkens overnight. It's funny, revelatory, but largely benign. With his third film, Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, however, he opted for an aggressive approach of awakening a dormant social disillusionment through this wild and raucous film that inspired all future Blaxploitation movies. It's sexual, violent, and everything you would ever want from a Black Exploitation film. Also check out Melvin Van Peebles' fourth film, Don't Play Us Cheap, which is an adaptation of his own Broadway musical.