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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Black Rodeo (1972)


  • Muhammad Ali
  • Archie Wycoff
  • Clarence Gonzalez
  • Woody Strode
  • Betsy Bramwell

Black Rodeo is a 1972 documentary by filmmaker Jeff Kanew. It captures the events surrounding the first-time performance of an all black rodeo in Harlem in New York City. The film's tagline, "Nobody ever told you there were Black Cowboys," was accurate for its time. The documentary depicts that the people who attended the rodeo were awed to find black men and women actively involved in skills like bronc riding, calf roping and brahma bull riding. The children who came were thrilled to discover a new set of role models.