What are your thoughts on Blaxploitation films?


According to Wikipedia.org, Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban black audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words "black" and "exploitation." Blaxploitation films were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music. These films starred primarily black actors.

Variety magazine credited Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song with the invention of the blaxploitation genre. Others argue that the Hollywood-financed film Shaft is closer to being blaxploitation, and thus, is more likely to have begun the genre.


At the same time, the films were accused of stereotyping blacks, the audience they aimed to appeal to, as pimps and drug dealers. This dovetailed with common white stereotypes about black people, and as a result, many called for the end of the blaxploitation genre. The NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Urban League joined together to form the Coalition Against Blaxploitation. Backed by many black film professionals, this group received much media exposure and hastened the death of the genre by the late 1970s.

Blaxploitation films, such as Mandingo, laid the foundation for future filmmakers to address racial controversies regarding inner city poverty, and in the early 1990s, a new wave of acclaimed black filmmakers focused on black urban life in their films, particularly Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood, among others. (wikipedia)

Do you agree the movie Shaft may have begun the genre? Although I love some of the soundtracks, I have mixed feelings about these movies... what are your thoughts?


Resources:

List of Blaxploitation movies

What makes a Blaxploitation movie a blaxploitation movie? On the list above there are some titles I do not concider blaxploitation movies ex: They call me Mr. Tibbs. Also Do not see Cooley High as a blax either...



It's back!
Black Dynamite, starring Michael Jai White, is a spoof of blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Its premiere was at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, where Sony Worldwide Acquisitions picked it up for distribution. A release date of October 16, 2009 has been announced on the film's official Twitter feed.


I joined our Gary on his show this past October 15 "Dusties Party" on WHPK.ORG and the show was awesome! Click on Gary's comment below to listen!

" I'm playing the soundtracks to certain films,along with classic radio spots from these movies." - Gary

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Comment by COLOREDPEOPLE.NET on November 19, 2009 at 4:26pm
LOL! Solemanking! I can see you on the big screen! What role would you like to play?
Comment by SoleMannKing on November 19, 2009 at 1:41pm
I am a Blaxploitation Fanatic, i have several of these movies in my collection and always on the lookout for more. I should have been in Superfly....LOL

Comment by COLOREDPEOPLE.NET on October 16, 2009 at 6:45pm
What makes a Blaxploitation movie a blaxploitation movie? On the list above there are some titles I do not concider blaxploitation movies ex: They call me Mr. Tibbs. Also Do not see Cooley High as a blax either...
Comment by Kevin Thomas on October 16, 2009 at 6:32pm
My mother wouldn't let me see these films in the seventies because they were rated R, so I had to wait until the eighties to see them. For the most part, I was disappointed in the filmmaking, but the soundtracks were second to none. For me, the soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield in SuperFly was the all time best. In terms of the films, JD's Revenge, Thomasine & Bushrod, and Cooley High were my favorites. All three either starred or co-starred my man Glynn Turman
Comment by Lydell Jackson on October 16, 2009 at 1:38pm
Lesson Learned! Thanx...
Comment by COLOREDPEOPLE.NET on October 16, 2009 at 12:48pm
yup! that was Portuguese! Mr. Jackson surprised me with that one. Sis, you are awesome. Love you and appreciate you much.
Comment by COLOREDPEOPLE.NET on October 16, 2009 at 10:31am
Not bad Lydell! I am honored! Just remember that when you refer to female the word would be Bem vinda with an "a". When YOU say thank you, you would say Obrigado with an "o", because you are refering to yourself being thankful. I will always say Obrigada... ;O)
Comment by COLOREDPEOPLE.NET on October 16, 2009 at 10:29am
Oh sis! No... Your experiences, input, knowledge are how I learn and grow! Now its me to tell you to NEVER ... ever ever feel that way. You know we have always had an open chanel of communication. I just feel out of place in both my culture and this culture... I guess I have gotten stuck in twilight zone! LOL ... I wish you had not removed your precious insight on the subject. Funny, I too was so excited when I came to Christ. For the first time I felt like I had finally found where I belonged. ... :O)
Comment by Lydell Jackson on October 16, 2009 at 1:45am
Você é muito bem-vindo. O prazer é meu

Did I get it right? LOL
Comment by COLOREDPEOPLE.NET on October 16, 2009 at 1:25am
Obrigada

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