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Hayes and Ceasar

Birmingham film-maker and photographer Pogus Caesar will be paying tribute to soul legend Isaac Hayes with an exhibition at The Mailbox later this month. Hayes died earlier this week, and Caesar – who once worked with him – described him as “a great man”.

Rewind to the early 1990s and a BBC entertainment series called The A Force – and a strand called “Hangtime – The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”.

Caesar was a senior producer/director on the show and met up with Ike on the set of romantic comedy 'Woo', directed by John (Boyz N The Hood) Singleton and also starring Jada Pinkett Smith, David Chapelle, LL Cool J, and Pam Grier.

He recalls: “We interviewed many of the stars, it was a great experience being in such distinguished company.

"Isaac was fantastic and gave us a great interview, his warmth, generosity and charm ooozed through the set.

"Off camera he told me about all his other activities, he gave me his address in Memphis, I sent him one letter...I in turn told him about attending his 1970s performance at Odeon New Street.

"I remember a warm and affectionate man with a great sense of humour, he treated the film crew and everyone around him with much respect.  His legacy will truly live on"

See a tribute to Isaac Hayes as part of the exhibition 'That Beautiful Thing' at Three White Walls Gallery, Mailbox, Birmingham starts on 28th August - 7th October.


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