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Questlove to direct upcoming Sly Stone documentary with Common as executive producer


David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesGrammy-award winning musician Questlove is set to direct a documentary about another legendary musician, Sly Stone

According to a press release, the documentary will explain the “impossible expectations” Stone dealt with along with pressure to obtain mainstream success while becoming a vital representation for Black America. 

“It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA,” says Questlove in a statement. “It’s a Black musician’s blueprint….to be given the honor to explore his history and legacy is beyond a dream for me.”

Oscar and Emmy Award-winner and rapper Common will executive produce the documentary, which follows the life, legacy and career of the influential king of funk.

Sly Stone is also a fashion icon and known for co-founding Sly and the Family Stone in 1967. The funkadelic group were known for their innovative sound that merged together soul and R&B music with psychedelic rock and signature hits like “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People,” “Sex Machine,” and more.

Sly and the Family Stone was also featured in Questlove’s directorial debut, Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised). The film recently secured a record-breaking distribution deal with Searchlight Pictures and Hulu and landed the 2021 Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for exploring the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival often referred to as “The Black Woodstock.”

By Rachel George
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