Hot soul on a cold winter's night: AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU premieres at DR2
Göran Olsson's highly acclaimed film portrait of the American artist Billy Paul will premiere in Denmark at DR2 Monday, March 14th at 11:00 pm.
Am I Black Enough for You is the story of the artist Billy Paul and the city of Philadelphia. Billy started as a singer with Charlie Parker at Birdland at age sixteen. Struggled through rock with Miles Davis in the 50s and pop with Roberta Flack in the 60s to finally bloom at full peak with the legendary Philly Sound in 1970.
Being at the center of black community for 50 years and a close friend to personalities as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Stevie Wonder, the story of Billy Paul is the story of how the oppression of the afro-Americans and how the civil rights movement came to form soul music.
Olsson tracks down the story of Billy Paul's song 'Am I Black Enough for You'. The song was the second single, a follow up to the classic 'Mrs Jones' a number one and smash hit on both sides of the Atlantic. On release 'Am I Black Enough For You' flopped, a failure that nearly cost Billy his career. Looking back it seems like the lyrics offered too radical a message for the majority of the white market of the seventies.
The film features Billy Paul and his wife Blanche Williams a long side with Questlove, drummer with the Philadelphia hiphop group Roots, the rapper Schoolly D and recording legends Kenny Gamble and Clive Davis.
Am I Black Enough for You is produced by Jenny Örnborn for Swedish STORY AB and co-produced by Upfront Films (formerly Cosmo Doc).