Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene


“I’m going to tell it to the young and tell it to the old. Tell it to the hot and tell it to the cold. Don’t want no whinin’ and don’t want no cryin’, but most of all no signifyin’.” Ralph Petey Greene was Washington, D.C.’s voice of the people from the sixties to the eighties, spreading the word on the airwaves first with WOL radio and then with his weekly TV show, Petey Greene’s Washington. Narrated by Don Cheadle, who played Petey Greene in the feature Talk to Me, the film incorporates recently recovered tapes from the TV show, including uproarious exposés on the riots after Dr. King’s assassination, the Vietnam War’s contribution to an epidemic of heroin addiction, and local D.C. politics. Be prepared for a real aural experience from a real D.C. dude with style. Some language may be too rough for some. And that’s the truth, Ruth!  DS


Loren Mendell


Bob DeMars, Terence Greene, Loren Mendell

Executive Producer

Joe Fries, Jon Hagstrom, Joey Rappa


Carl Cramer, William Haugse


Loren Mendell, Nickolas Rossi

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United States

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52 minutes