In the world of wartime American politics, there was never going to be room for a larger than life congressman with an unconventional style. Especially when his outspoken views and gutsy determination would spearhead a movement that aimed to make life better for African-Americans everywhere. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Harry Lennix, "The Matrix Reloaded") started out as a preacher from Harlem in the early 1940s. His passion for justice and flair for uniting the community soon led to an impressive two-decade career which saw him shake up American Congress and target the deep-rooted racism that ran through the establishment. Powell was naturally charming and a notorious ladies man. His conquests even included the famous diva pianist, Hazel Scott (Vanessa Williams, "Shaft"). But his maverick nature was also widely resented and his enemies managed to rally enough support to have him thrown out of Congress on charges of misconduct. This amazing true story is told through the eyes of a young journalist who visits the retired Powell in his fishing-village retreat, only to find that the years did little to dull the winning charisma and charm of a true twentieth century icon.

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Keep the Faith, Baby (2002)

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In the world of wartime American politics, there was never going to be room for a larger than life congressman with an unconventional style. Especially when his outspoken views and gutsy determination would spearhead a movement that aimed to make life better for African-Americans everywhere. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (Harry Lennix, "The Matrix Reloaded") started out as a preacher from Harlem in the early 1940s. His passion for justice and flair for uniting the community soon led to an impressive two-decade career which saw him shake up American Congress and target the deep-rooted racism that ran through the establishment. Powell was naturally charming and a notorious ladies man. His conquests even included the famous diva pianist, Hazel Scott (Vanessa Williams, "Shaft"). But his maverick nature was also widely resented and his enemies managed to rally enough support to have him thrown out of Congress on charges of misconduct. This amazing true story is told through the eyes of a young journalist who visits the retired Powell in his fishing-village retreat, only to find that the years did little to dull the winning charisma and charm of a true twentieth century icon.

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Cast
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Harry Lennix

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
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Vanessa Williams

Hazel Scott
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Don Allison

President Lyndon B. Johnson
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Rodger Barton

John Rankin
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Richard Blackburn

Congressman Devine
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Kedar Brown

Randolphe Aide (as Kedar)
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J. Winston Carroll

Congressman Van Deerlin
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Linda Carter

Mattie Powell
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David Clement

Congressman Hall
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Michael Copeman

Congressman Morris Udall
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Jim Cordington

Congressman John Conyers Jr.
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Rufus Crawford

Asa Phillip Randolph
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Paul De La Rosa

Elevator Operator
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Andrea Garnett

Gwen Jones
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Naomi Gaskin

Isabel Powell
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Trevor Gray

Skipper Powell
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Lisa Heyden

Member of Congress #3
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Brian Hill

Robert F. Kennedy
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Russell Hornsby

Joe Schiller
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Brian Kaulback

Reporter #4
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John F. Kennedy

Himself (archive footage)
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Geza Kovacs

Politico
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Colm Magner

Mike Quill
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Donald Marshall

Waiter
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Larry Marshall

Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.
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Sean McCann

John McCormack
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Joseph McCarthy

Himself (archive footage)
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John Nelles

Congressman Gross (as John E. Nelles)
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Allan Price

Reporter #1
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Pat Profito

Mayor LaGuardia
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Jim Ramney

Suit #1
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Lance Reddick

Jay Raymond Jones
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Karen Robinson

Hattie Dodson
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Hadley Sandiford

Shackelford
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Cliff Saunders

O'Malley
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Julian Sedgwick

Suit #2
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Mark Shultz

FBI Agent
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Cedric Smith

U.S. President Truman
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Aron Tager

Chairman Emanuel Celler
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Ian Thurbide

Member of Congress #2
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Robin Ward

Lester Wolff
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Bazil Williams

Limo Driver
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Ken Kramer

Congressman Moore (uncredited)
Crew
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Doug McHenry

Director
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Art Washington

Writer
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Keep the Faith, Baby

(DVD)

7/8/2003

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