Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images
Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

As “The Wiz” celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, the film is easing on down to influencing another generation. 

The film adaptation of the groundbreaking musical first hit the big screen on Oct. 24, 1978. The classic represents a staple that defined black culture with a star-studded cast, including Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the scarecrow and Richard Pryor as The Wiz.

It displayed several New York City landmarks in the 1970s, such as the World Trade Center, Shea Stadium and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Rhonda Ross Kendrick, daughter of Motown legends Diana Ross and Berry Gordy, spoke to PIX11 about the film’s impact two decades later.

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