In the 1970s Roberta Flack became a global sensation with hits such as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Feel Like Making Love and Killing Me Softly. Her style of soulful pop transcended the US East Coast jazz clubs to become the dinner party sound track for Middle America. But behind this seemingly effortless career rise lies a much deeper, more substantial journey. Born into humble circumstances in America's segregated South, Roberta was a self-created musical prodigy who was one of the first and most significant black artists to cross over into the mainstream. This film follows Roberta's journey from her childhood in Arlington, Virginia in the 1930s and 40s, to the jazz clubs of Washington D.C. where Roberta honed her style, to the moment she became a multi-Grammy Award-winning star. It is a deeply personal story told alongside the wider context of America's civil rights movement.
Length: 57 minutes
- Saturday, February 24th at 5:00 AM on KLRU Q