Here’s To Life with Tori Reid

Ep. 31: Richard Roundtree - The First Black Action Hero and His Creator

February 20, 2022 Richard Roundtree Season 3 Episode 31
Here’s To Life with Tori Reid
Ep. 31: Richard Roundtree - The First Black Action Hero and His Creator
Show Notes

For Black History Month, we're celebrating a cultural icon dubbed the "first Black action hero" and the groundbreaking film that birthed him, made Oscar history, and was inducted for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Shut yo mouth! He returns for a Part 2 conversation as he talks about the 50th anniversary of the film “Shaft,” working with the Renaissance man himself… Gordon Parks, remembering John Singleton, and more. Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man? We also heard he was a bad… well, you know the rest. We’re just talking about the original Shaft.

"Here's to Life" welcomes back "the first Black action hero" and the soulful, cultural iconoclast spirit that is Richard Roundtree. 

This episode on "Here's To Life":
•  What it was like making the film "Shaft" and the responsibility of "fame"
•  Revisits the magic of the Renaissance man and visionary, Gordon Parks
•  Shares a key to get through dark times and remain sane
•  Tells a heartwarming story about his father, John Roundtree
•  Reveals what would be his greatest accomplishment and how he wishes to be remembered
•  Expresses the hardest thing he had to do to fulfill his destiny


Guest:  Richard Roundtree 
Host and Producer:  Tori Reid
Executive Producer:  Patrick A. Howell
Co-Executive Producer:  Tori Reid
Writers:  Patrick Howell and Octavia Johnson
Post Production:  We Edit Podcasts 
Add’l Post Production:  Brian K. Jackson at Maven Soundz
Voiceover Artist:  Vïntóry Blake Moore
Premier Advertising Sponsor:  Vivreau Water Systems
Advertising Sponsor:  Hilton Sacramento Arden West
Ad Voiceover Artist:  Ginger Levert
Logo Photography:  Bobby Holland / MPTV Images
Logo Graphic Design:  Henny Vallee 
Social Media Marketing and Graphics by Octavia Johnson
Photo credit for Richard Roundtree:  Unknown

Intro and Outro - "Africa" by Stereo Mixtrumental
Vivreau Ad Music - "That's What Left Us Behind" by Christian Anderson

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