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MUSIC IS MY LIFE, POLITICS MY MISTRESS

Oscar Brown Jr. This 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.

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