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CounterPunch – An Open Letter to the San Francisco Chronicle Book Editor

12 Nov

“…now that I have published a book myself, I don’t get even considered for a review in your funky newspaper…”

~Cecil Brown

Originally publicized in late October of 2013, this an open letter from Cecil Brown to the San Francisco Chronicle’s book editor concerning the exclusion of those in the African American community as well as the neglect for self-published books.



CounterPunch – How Whites Are Stealing Richard Pryor’s Legacy

12 Nov

“…I would have the humiliating experience of publishers asking me to assist white authors on their books about Richard Pryor, while rejecting my own…”

~Cecil Brown

Dive deeper into Cecil Brown’s experience of seeing Richard Pryor’s past and legacy being swarmed by white authors, publishers, and producers.



Pryor Lives! – An Interview with Author Cecil Brown

9 Sep

A short Interview with author Cecil Brown concerning his new Book, Pryor Lives!

BayView Interview With Cecil Brown

7 Sep

Cecil Brown is Interviewed by The Minister of Information JR, of San Francisco BayView National Black Newspaper.




Fruitvale Station

22 Jun
Ryan Coogler & Cecil Brown

Ryan Coogler, director the film ‘Fruitvale Station’, & Cecil Brown

Yesterday evening, I attended the premier of the Oscar Grant film Fruitvale Station. Years before Oscar Grant was even born, Richard Pryor warned the black community of police brutality. He joked publicly about how the police kill black people and claim it was an “accident.”
The officer who killed Oscar Grant claimed it was an “accident.”

White cops always claimed it was an accident when they kill black people. Richard made us laugh about this cosmic excuse years ago.
“How can you just make a mistake and kill a nigger? Ooops! my gun just went off and killed a few niggers” he exclaimed, causing all of those who were listening to laugh. He made us aware of the inhumane way that white policemen treat black people when they are stopped. Richard told us how to react when the police ask us our identification. We know that before we can reach for our driver licenses, we must yell loud so that everybody can hear us, I AM REACHING FOR MY DRIVER’S LICENSE!

The movie about Oscar Grant’s tragic life, however, was not funny. Even as you sat in the audience, you hear the tears of people crying in the darkened theater. The film was gripping and emotionally draining.

Cecil Brown & Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant's uncle.

Cecil Brown & Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant’s uncle.

I asked Cephus, Oscar’s uncle, if he thought white Americans would embrace the film. Yes, he said, because it is a story that all people can relate to. He said that the audience in Cannes loved it, including the white audience.
In my book, Pryor Lives!, I tie Richard’s theme of police brutality to Oscar Grant, and other murders of black men in this country.


Celebrate Father’s Day with Richard Pryor in Berkeley!.

11 Jun

Professor Cecil Brown, Screenwriter for Richard Pryor, will tell you how Richard Pryor became Richard Pryor, at the Lungomare (formerly Miss Pearl’s) at 1 Broadway, Jack London Square, from 6 to 8, Sat 15.


Help Keep Nigger Alive! Support the real Richard Pryor!

For more information:
Call: 510 444-7171

Website: RichardPryorInBerkeley

Optional $10 Donations Accepted

Richard Pryor Documentary Screening in LA – May 28

31 May

Here is Rashaan, Cecil, Marie Zenovich, the director of the new Richard Pryor documentary Omit the Logic, and Stan Shaw.

Thom Mount was Richard’s favorite producer. Here he is in between Cecil, Rashaan, and Stan Shaw. He produced the movies, Bill Durham, a romantic comedy about baseball, Which Way Is Up?, and 10 other films that Richard starred in.

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Here is Cecil, with Sara Hutchison, the producer of  Omit the Logic.

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This is Stan Shaw, one of Richard’s best friends who also starred with him in several movies.

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