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Am I Black Enough For You? (2009)

Am I Black Enough For You?

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The story of the singer who soared into the stratosphere with his breakout single "Me and Mrs. Jones", then plummeted back to Earth when his funky follow-up "Am I Black Enough for You?" proved dead on arrival. Billy Paul was a Philadelphia soul artist who could have easily been as big as Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield, but the radical lyrics of his sophomore single proved too polarizing for white America of the 1970s. In the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, amity and personal gain frequently … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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On DVD: Mar 23, 2010
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Critic Reviews for Am I Black Enough For You?

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

Slightly woolly overall, though you might find yourself buying the CDs. I did.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Time Out
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There's not enough about the conflicts between Paul and those who controlled his records but this is a fan-like yet not too oleaginous tribute.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
This is London

A touching story, relatively well told with the bonus of a fine backing track and eloquent interview subjects.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Film4

It all boils down to a complete lack of focus on the part of the film-makers. Not only do they fail to get their questions answered, they also run out of material so disastrously.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Times [UK]

Philadelphia's soul legend Billy Paul takes centre stage in this intriguing documentary, which teases out the nuances of his complex and often painful career.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Guardian

The film succeeds in making us want to check out the singer's back catalogue.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Daily Telegraph

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