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  Blaxploitation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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 African American audience; the word itself is a combination of the words "fl" and "exploitation".
Blaxploitation films starred primarily fl actors, and were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music.
Based on a series of novels, this blaxploitation film was set in the American South during the U.S. Civil War and focused on the sexual relations between slaveowners’ wives and slaves.
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 Charles Waring on Blaxploitation for Crime Time Magazine
The word blaxploitation is now regarded as a convenient term for labelling movies (and associated cultural paraphernalia) that were made in white Hollywood for consumption by America's fl population.
Blaxploitation culture has a special place in the wider public consciousness, particularly in the UK, where it possesses a certain cachet for some sections of society.
Well, to adequately understand the emergence of the blaxploitation phenomenon it is important to retrace the history of fl cinema, examining the role of fl people in the movies prior to the blaxploitation explosion of the 1970s.
www.crimetime.co.uk /features/blaxploitation.php   (3192 words)

 Blaxploitation - black exploitation films and movies
Blaxploitation film is a type of film oriented to fl audiences that developed in the late 1960s and flourished up through the late 1970s.
Blaxploitation: The Soundtrack To the Live of the Superheroes: CD themes, Superfly, Shorty the Pimp, Pursuit of the Pimpmobile...
That's Blaxploitation: Roots of the Baadasssss 'Tude (Rated X by an All'Whyte Jury) The Darius James Masterpiece.
www.popsubculture.com /pop/bio_project/blaxploitation.html   (319 words)

 BLAXPLOITATION | FLY | US/CANADA: FEATURES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
"Blaxploitation" was born and it pandered to the lowest common denominator.
Blaxploitation had its own kung-fu hero in Jim Kelly, who, having risen to prominence in Enter The Dragon, got his own starring role in Black Belt Jones There were even excursions in a sci-fi/fantasy vein with Christopher St. John's Top Of The Heap.
Ultimately the audience was to realise it was being patronised and exploited, by 1975 they were leaving the cinemas in their droves just as they had first arrived to see 'Sweetback' in 1971.
www.fly.co.uk /fly/archives/1998/08/blaxploitation.html   (2172 words)

The Blaxploitation film, a film made at a Hollywood studio in the late 1960s and early 1970s for a specifically urban, African-American audience, offers a worthy case study for sorting out these competing definitions of the Hollywood Renaissance.
Blaxploitation films implicitly produce narratives about gender in the midst of their more explicit exploration of race.
Some blaxploitation films began to revise their generic material to explore the abuses of African-Americans in these generic traditions.
www.montana.edu /metz/website/filmamer/blaxploitation.htm   (1417 words)

 Blaxploitation Downloads - Download Blaxploitation Music - Download Blaxploitation MP3s
Blaxploitation films appeared in the early '70s, in the wake of Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking independent film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
Consequently, in 1972, Gaye changed directions again, agreeing to score the blaxploitation thriller Trouble Man; the resulting soundtrack was a primarily instrumental effort showcasing his increasing interest in jazz, although a vocal turn on the moody, minimalist title track scored another Top Ten smash.
The film itself was a typical '70s "blaxploitation" effort, but Gaye's vocals, seamless production, and a nice mix of up-tempo funk, light ballads, and pseudo-macho camp were brilliant.
www.mp3.com /blaxploitation/genre/587/subgenre.html   (5464 words)

 Blaxploitation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The films were nonetheless immensely popular among fl audiences, possibly because they were among a very few movies which dealt primarily with fl men and women, bringing them to the foreground, and because they, as a formula, had endings which were generally favorable to the central character.
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a famous spoof of urban blaxploitation films, featuring several of the male stars of that genre.
portmanteau of "fl" and "exploitation", indicating that blaxploitation is a subgenre of
www.xs4all.nl /~are/pub/research/Blaxploitation.htm   (568 words)

 Review of Blaxploitation
Blaxploitation, created by Black Voices, is an intriguing website that has much to offer concerning 1970s Black cinema.
Blaxploitation may very well be the best website on the subject matter, but it is not extensive enough to provide a researcher with a working knowledge of Blaxploitation.
Blaxploitation is a non-academic site, which provides the reader a basic introduction and overview into the film genre of super soul flicks of the 1970s.
www.publichistory.org /reviews/view_review.asp?DBID=25   (950 words)

 Dolemite Dot Com : blaxploitation database   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It begins with the birth of Blaxploitation in 1971 with Sweet Sweetbacks BaadAsssss Song.
Despite the popularity and (most importantly) profit margins of these movies, by 1976 Blaxploitation was beginning to flounder.
This movie and many more are available in the Blaxploitation database.
www.dolemite.com /content.php?body=blaxploitation   (241 words)

 RPGnet: Review of Solid! The d20 Blaxploitation Experience
There are two prestige classes, but at least one of them--the Badass--seems ridiculously overpowered, starting its level progression with the ability to kill any "mook" (a new type of character that only applies to the Badass, this is any character who isn't meant to have any effect beyond the current scene) in a single action.
The only thing connecting it to the blaxploitation genre is the title on the cover of the book in which it is found.
I think that the blaxploitation genre is ripe for, well, exploitation by the RPG industry.
www.rpg.net /reviews/archive/11/11119.phtml   (1010 words)

 Soul Cinema: 70´s Blaxploitation Flicks - African American Culture
Blaxploitation actually became a film genre — it was unique & didn’t neatly fit into any one movie category.
The demand for the end of the exploitation was heard & the era came to an end.
While now, some of the content of the films may seem politically incorrect & offensive to some, they are part of us & we should not forget nor neglect to share them with our children (viewer discretion is advised for some of the movies & may not be appropriate for children).
www.bellaonline.com /ArticlesP/art523.asp   (368 words)

 2blowhards.com: Blaxploitation
The blaxploitation pictures were movies like "Shaft," "Cotton Comes to Harlem," and "Sheba, Baby": cheap, quickly-shot crime pictures about pushers, pimps, drugs, and hookers that meant to sell in movie terms what the music business had been selling successfully for some time: soul, style, and funk.
The blaxploitation pictures were a genuine populist phenomenon, and they stirred up the kind of anxiety and fuss that runaway popular successes sometimes cause.
Another recent blaxploitation discovery that I can recommend is an IFC-produced documentary about the era by Isaac Julien entitled "BaadAsssss Cinema." I have some quibbles with the film, but it's very interesting and informative, and it's full of fascinating anecdotes and facts.
www.2blowhards.com /archives/002166.html   (8017 words)

 Metroactive Arts | Blacksploitation Cinema
Though the blaxploitation era, was brief, running roughly from 1971 to 1975, its impact would range far and wide.
The blaxploitation films that followed, such as Superfly (1972), Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974) and Friday Foster (1975), were colorful if less successful takeoffs on the superbad ghetto rebel theme.
With the arrival of blaxploitation, fl women traded in the old stereotypes for a set of new ones.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/11.09.95/blax-9545.html   (1087 words)

 blaxploitation.com's Introduction To Blaxploitation Soundtracks
It should be noted that the term 'blaxploitation' refers to the films' continuation of the trashy 'exploitation' films of the 1960's rather than the film studios 'using' fl actors.
Many of the best blaxploitation soundtracks were issued on major record labels, for which the collector should be thankful.
The recent revival of interest in cinema and 1970s culture has lead to a corresponding desire to explore the music of the blaxploitation genre, and with it the long-overdue acknowledgement of the huge influence of its artists on modern music.
www.blaxploitation.com /st-intro.html   (2261 words)

 TIME.com -- James Poniewozik: Blaxploitation's Mass Appeal
Blaxploitation — the genre of small-budget, big-action and bigger-Afro movies that flourished in the early to mid-'70s — has been something of an embarrassment to Hollywood and the fl intelligentsia alike.
Blaxploitation's heroes, men and women, had attitude and style and were true to the experience of fl moviegoers.
The documentary confirms blaxploitation's lasting influence on music and movies by interviewing Afeni Shakur (mother of late rapper Tupac) and Quentin Tarantino, the white boy whom blaxploitation made.
www.time.com /time/columnist/poniewozik/article/0,9565,336074,00.html   (787 words)

 Bright Lights Film Journal | Blaxploitation
The plots of most of these films —; and they are conventionalized enough to confidently treat them as a group — are pastiches of old Warner Bros. melodramas, with dashes of MGM fashion glamor — via the street — thrown in.
Some of the dialog is comically dated: Priest's partner points dreamily to an "eight-track stereo" as one of the hallmarks of his having "arrived." The incomparable Curtis Mayfield wrote the score — and performs.
Blaxploitation films were reviled as sexist during their initial release, and it's true that the endless parade of "bitches and "ho's" in gaudy make-up and multicolored elephant bells gives some evidence of this.
www.brightlightsfilm.com /18/18_blax.html   (926 words)

 Blaxploitation Films Get Closer Look
Julien's documentary simply defines blaxploitation as "a commercial-minded film of the '70s for fl audiences." The genre, which lasted roughly from 1971 to '75, was also characterized by violence, funky fashion, oversized Afros, distinctive RandB and soul, and empowered fl protagonists, both male and female.
Interesting that the noise coming out of the NAACP over blaxploitation (one of my favorite genres) is very similar to the noise that comes out of the Italian Anti-Defamtion League every time a mob movie comes out (another favorite genre).
Blaxploitation is more of a style than a color.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/732419/posts   (1200 words)

 CityBeat: Blowing One's Mind (2002-08-14)
The 1974 ad campaign for Foxy Brown sums up the kitsch attraction behind blaxploitation cinema: "Pam Grier is a chick with drive who don't take no jive." One of blaxploitation's super-heroines, Grier did whatever it took to right the many on-screen wrongs in her life.
At the same time, blaxploitation has been tossed onto the movie genre trash pile, sharing the heap with splatter horror, kung fu and biker films.
Through the film, Julien re-evaluates blaxploitation movies in an attempt to move the genre beyond the 1970s and the United States.
www.citybeat.com /2002-08-14/film.shtml   (1051 words)

 Blaxsploitation!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The label "blaxploitation" is used to catagorize films made roughly between 1971 - 1975 and which were largely marketed to urban African-American audiences.
But we at The Invisible Hand have our doubts about the term "blaxploitation." Beyond being a marketing label, what does the word really mean?
Blaxploitation films span all the usual genres - from action to horror to political films, and their quality varies just as widely, too.
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 Blaxploitation's Baddest Brothers
And while Kissin' Cousins was the closest the King ever came to a blaxploitation flick (lots of gone fl-versus-white symbolism with El in a dual role fighting himself sporting a blond wig), the guy knew that a knuckle sandwich beats a conference call as the ultimate tool of negotiation.
That's blaxploitation's greatness: it's long on action, short on smarts and real fruity on clothes (remember, in the early Seventies, when most of this stuff came out, eight-inch shirt collars hanging parallel to the ground were like "In,"
Almost better than the action, though, are the little touches: John Shaft's crazy leather-trenchcoat-and-turtleneck ensemble, his reel-to-reel tape player, the espresso he drinks, and the way he cracks a bottle of booze over a mobster's head with the finesse of a jackhammer.
www.catalog-of-cool.com /blaxploitation.html   (1638 words)

 DVD Verdict Review - Baadasssss Cinema: A Bold Look At '70s Blaxploitation Films
He melds their views with footage and film clips from the Blaxploitation Era, lending weight to their testimony.
The documentary covers some of the social and political reactions to blaxploitation, but primarily focuses on the experience of the actors and filmmakers.
It reads as a cursory "Blaxploitation 101" with a few peeks into "Advanced Blaxploitation Studies." Julien's original vision was compromised though lack of reprint rights for some major genre works, and Shaft and Superfly didn't show.
www.dvdverdict.com /printer/baadassssscinema.php   (1028 words)

 Blaxploitation Films Pt 1
Blaxploitation films laid the pavement, to mainstream Hollywood, so the Black movie trucks of today could roll in and establish themselves.
Posse, written by Mario Van Peebles, son of Blaxploitation entrepreneur Melvin Van Peebles was almost certainly influenced by the famous Blaxploitation western Thomasine And Bushrod.
The Blaxploitation wave of crime crusaders were suave and extremely cool in the way they handled their profession of handling criminals.
www.daveyd.com /blaxploit.html   (934 words)

 Dolemite Dot Com : all pimpin all the time   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
If this is your first time to Dolemite Dot Com, you may be asking yourself, "Who or what the hell is Dolemite?" This site strives to answer this question in its broader form, but this page will give you the down and dirty details.
Not only are we the largest repository of Dolemite information, but we feature the web's only user built Ebonics Primer and the largest collection of Blaxploitation films on the net.
Listen and rap-along to some of Rudy's original rhymes or listen to the albums in their entirety, most of which have been out of print for almost 20 years.
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