Amazon Music is celebrating Pride Month by taking a candid look back at the flamboyant, all-too-brief life disco singer Sylvester. Using exclusive footage, interviews and original film, the piece, titled Love Me Like You Should, is a concise recap of one of Disco’s most iconic and trailblazing figures.
The short documentary follows Sylvester from his humble Los Angeles choir boy beginnings to glam 1970s hit-maker. Beloved for songs like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Do Ya Wanna Funk,” Sylvester died in 1988 of an AIDS-related illness at the age of 42. And while he may no longer be around, his legacy continues through the likes of “Pose” star Billy Porter, one of several people interviewed for the film. “He was a gender-fluid Black man in mainstream music,” Porter said. “That hasn’t happened since. There’s been a lot of us who have tried, and I’ve been trying for 30 years. Nobody did it like Sylvester.”
“I think what really elevates him to icon status are his contributions to the LGBTQ community,” said the director, Lauren Tabak, who has also created documentaries about the Rolling Stones and Kendrick Lamar. “Sylvester truly was a gift, in particular to those who could finally see themselves represented positively in mainstream culture at a time when this was extremely rare.” Watch the exciting, fabulous and informative short film about Sylvester below.
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