IS MY LIFE, POLITICS MY MISTRESS
documentary focuses on Chicago native Oscar Brown Jr's work
as a writer and performer for over a half a century. Starting
at the tender age of 15 he was a radio performer with the network
series Secret City. He also was a key player in Richard
Durham's Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days series
from 1948 - 1950.
Brown's musical explorations
included sharing the bill with such greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy
Gillespie, John Coltrane, Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly. His
one man show "Oscar Brown Jr. Entertains" in London two
years later, led one critic to hail him as "a musical genius".
He also hosted a popular PBS television show "From Jump Street--
The story of Black Music". "Opportunity Please Knock"
was produced in 1967 in conjunction with a huge youth gange known
as the Blackstone Rangers, and gained national recognition when
gang members appeared on the Smother Brothers CBS television show.
This living legend
deserves attention by a broader base of people-especially young
people. The art they have created, and continue to create, needs
to be discovered by another generation, and by generations to come.
The power of film will document their tremendous impact on our society.