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- life lessons from Petey Greene's Washington, 1982."I'll tell it to the hot, I'll tell it to the cold, I'll tell it to the young, I'll tell it to the old, I don't want no laughin', I don't want no cryin', and most of all, no signifyin' ..."
Ex-con, pioneer broadcaster, speechifier, hustler, entertainer, activist, 2-time Emmy Winner Petey Greene's story is viewable online in the 1 hour PBS documentary Adjust Your Color
Greene was the subject Talk to Me
, a film starring Don Cheadle. NPR reviews the film: Petey Greene: Pioneering Shock Jock
For the real Petey, listen to Petey's speech to the 1982 graduating class of Whitman High School, Bethseda MD - a must hear, imo - available in the sidebar of the above NPR feature.
Many feel the film did not do justice to the life of Petey Green. Here's a sampling of some of the controversies and critiques:
When it comes to Petey Greene, Lurma Rackley wrote the book. So why didn't it become the source for Talk to Me?
Undercover Black Man: The real Petey Greene
Left Out of the Picture
More on Greene: Laugh If You Like, Ain’t a Damn Thing Funny: The Life Story of Ralph “Petey” Greene as Told to Lurma Rackley