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Mario Van Peeples, second from left, followed in the footsteps of his pioneering father, Melvin Van Peeples (“Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”), with 1991’s “New Jack City,” which injected the gangster genre with a hip-hop sensibility. The film established Wesley Snipes as a powerful leading man and also featured scene-stealing performances from Ice-T, right, and a young, skinny Chris Rock. From left: Russell Wong, Van Peebles, Judd Nelson and Ice-T.
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