Let me tip my rabbit-fur fedora to Invisible Woman, who found on YouTube the 1999 Hughes Brothers documentary “American Pimp.”
It’s a humane study of an inhumane hustle... a window onto a hidden world. Albert and Allen Hughes showcase some real-life characters (such as Bishop Don Magic Juan, pictured) who, by the nature of their game, glisten and glide across the screen.
I got four slices of “American Pimp” now showing on my Video Bar.
Watch it as sociology, or listen to it as folklore – as vernacular poetry. You can hate it for the way of life it records. Or you can appreciate it as a skillful piece of filmmaking.
Or all of the above.