Blaxploitation

It’s A Love Thang!

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I LOVE BLAXPLOITATION!!!

That’s right, BLAXPLOITATION, I love it and I am not ashamed to admit it!

The 1970’s in general and 1970’s Black culture specifically “are hot” again. As far as I am concerned, this very funky decade never really stopped being hot, it has just taken the rest of the world some time to catch up and show some respect.

1970’s funk is everywhere, such as the proliferation of 1970’s funk and r&b music used in advertising and as samples in hip hop music, the resurgence of a funky sense of style with afros, cornrows and throwback fashions and the pimped out attitude and swagger that is even being shown by our new Black, Hip, Funky President. Now just where do you think all of his funkiness came from…

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— Sista ToFunky, Curator, The Museum of UnCut Funk

 

Blaxploitation Movie Poster Art – US

The U.S. Digs Blaxploitation!


The first Blaxploitaion film I saw was Foxy Brown. I remember begging my step father to take me to see Foxy Brown. Neither of us knew to content of the film and clearly it was not for a 12 year old to view but I had been such a huge Pam Grier fan.

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Blaxploitation Movie Poster Art – East Germany

 

East Germany Digs Blaxploitation!

Many U.S. movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s arrived in East German theaters for the first time after 1947. During the Blaxploitation film explosion of the 1970‘s, movies took 2 to 3 years on average after the U.S. release to make it into East German theaters.

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Blaxploitation Movie Poster Art – France

 

France Digs Blaxploitation!

The arrival of American sound films at first created panic among the European countries who immediately resisted the influx of US films. The French public didn’t accept films in other languages, the film industry tried to ignore them and the government strengthened censorship and tariff laws and stopped ‘talkies’ from being shown in France for a period of time.

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Blaxploitation Movie Poster Art – Italy

Italy Digs Blaxploitation!


The first presentation of film in Italy was in February of 1896 by Vittorio Calcina at the Ospedale di Carita in Turin. Blaxploitation Films made their debut in Italy during the mid 1970’s. As with most international releases of American films, each film would screen a few years after the American release.

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Blaxploitation Movie Poster Art – Japan

Japan Digs Blaxploitation!

The Japanese have always had a fondness for Black culture. Blaxploitation films were a huge hit in Japan and have continued to be, so much so, that one of the largest collections of Blaxploitation memorabilia is owned by a Japanese man. He has catalogued his collection in a book called The Soul of Black Movie!

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Blaxploitation Movie Poster Art – Poland

Poland Digs Blaxploitation!

American films have always been watched by the Poles, not only because of their quality but also due to the role that the U.S. played in the consciousness of Polish citizens. Many went to see American movies to become acquainted with the country.

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Blaxploitation Movie Poster Art – Horror

During the 1970’s, Blaxploitation moved into the horror category with a number of movies, made for Blacks, staring Blacks. One of the most important actors from this period was William Marshall. He starred as Blacula, a Black version of Dracula in two movies, Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream.

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Blaxploitation And Kung Fu

 

1973 marked the beginning of the one-two combination of Blaxploitation and Kung Fu. It happened when taekwondo champion Jim Kelly appeared in Bruce Lee’s film Enter the Dragon. Kelly proved to be a popular character actor who would sign with Warner Brothers for a few more action films, thus creating the first crossing over of these two prolific genres.

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Blaxploitation And The Wild Wild West

 

From 1970 to 1976, during the height of the Blaxploitation era, there were fourteen westerns made for public consumption. Some of these films never made it to a national audience and others haven’t been seen since their release. There were a few films that found box office success and were critically acclaimed by some of the toughest film critics.

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Blaxploitation And Sports

 

Some of the greatest moments in sports history happened during the 1970‘s, like the New York Knickerbockers winning the NBA championship. Hopefully they will make it to another championship before I collect Social Security…LMOL!!!

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Blaxploitation And Hip Hop

 

Neo-Blaxploitation

Blaxploitation films have had a profound impact on contemporary hip hop culture.

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Blaxploitation And Pop Culture


Blaxploitation meets urban culture.

Hip And Happening Aqua Teen Hunger Force – Cartoon Network

Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” series has a character called ‘Boxy Brown’ (A play on Foxy Brown, a lead character in another blaxploitation film).

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Blaxploitation Around The World

 
All Around The World Loves The Funk!!!

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Blaxploitation Iconography

Iconography… What’s That!!!


Blaxploitation Iconography refers to the iconic images of Black popular culture in film during the Blaxploitation movement of the 1970‘s.

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Blaxploitation And The Man

 

Stickin’ It To The Man.


In the early 1900’s the term “The Man” was used to describe a boss figure. This term later began to be applied to anyone who hassled a group of people and eventually to anyone in a position of power.

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Blaxploitation And New York Funkin’ City

 

New York Funkin’ City And Harlem, USA


As you know, I love Blaxploitation. What I dig most about these films is that a number of them took place in NYC. With all the jive-talking, gun-toting, leather-wearing, cocaine and heroin sniffin’ pimps, not to mention the outrageous outfits, cars and of course the women, all of these films had a funky inner-city vibe that was quite campy and extremely cheesy. I JUST LOVE IT!!!

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Battle Of The Beauties

The Women of Blaxploitation


The Black Movie Boom of the 1970’s created jobs for young Black actresses and introduced new talents such as Pam Grier, Vonetta McGee, Gloria Henry, Tamara Dobson, Judy Pace, Esther Anderson, Paula Kelly, Carol Speed, Lisa Moore, Rosalind Cash, Jaki Demar, Rosalind Miles, Kathy Imrie, Shelia Frazier and Brenda Skyes.

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