The Five Heartbeats

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Robert Townsend, comedian, actor, film director/producer, writer and former cable network programming CEO, whose projects include Hollywood ShuffleThe Meteor Man and The Five Heartbeats.

Townsend talks about growing up in Chicago, being an independent filmmaker, his first big movie break, working with Eddie Murphy and why he believes The Five Heartbeats is a classic film.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a 2018 interview with Leon Robinson, actor, singer/songwriter, and film producer. He’s known to the world as "Leon."

Leon talks about becoming an actor, playing iconic personalities, his band, and why it’s important to tell African American stories.