Ben Sisario profiles Melvin Van Peebles at The NY Times

“ASK Melvin Van Peebles about his legacy, and you get a snort, a grimace, a wave of the hand, a game-show error buzz and a finely punctuated “come on.” “I didn’t even know I had a legacy,” he said between rehearsals for his latest project, a musical-theater adaptation of his 1971 film “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” “I do what I want to do.”

The story includes audio excerpts of the interview.

Check it out here at  NY Times Online