Cinema: Pryor's Back ? Twice as Funny

Bold, black and hilarious, he is Hollywood's biggest hit

Preach, nigger, preach!" Out of the darkness the voice rose—young, proud, urgent, female and black. It was an exhortation that might have been addressed to the spellbinding pastor of a Harlem storefront church, or to a Black Panther stopping pedestrian traffic on a street corner in Oakland, or to an ardent buck accelerating into passion on an apartment-house roof in Atlanta. As it happens, the voice came from the back of a theater auditorium in Long Beach, Calif. It was shouted to the man onstage,...

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