Black Hollywood Documentary

Black Hollywood Documentary

“White people put together cheap films, took advantage of a hungry black moviegoing audience, took advantage of hungry black actors and actresses, paid very little money and stole all the profits.”

—Jim Brown, on Blaxploitation

The above insight from football-star-turned-actor Jim Brown is one of many compelling points made by a wide variety of interviewees in the 1984 documentary Black Hollywood: Blaxploitation and Advancing an Independent Black Cinema, which is only now getting a DVD release. The 75-minute feature is comprised mostly of interviews with about a dozen of Hollywood’s prominent Black actors, actresses, writers, and producers, supplemented by clips and stills from notable films.

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