1970s blaxploitation films: a lot has changed, but much has stayed the same

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Say what you will about the roughly 150 black action, horror and comedy films that came out between 1971 and 1976, the height of the blaxploitation era: that they were cheaply made, poorly acted, hyper-violent and glorified pimps, prostitutes, criminals and con men -- all those things are true, to a certain extent. But they were also utterly empowering, gobbled up by African American audiences desperate for strong, and recognizable, working-class heroes.

"These films made me feel proud in a way Sidney Poitier didn't; he was detached from the inner-city experience," says Josiah Howard, author of "Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide."

"These people spoke to me because they spoke like me, they looked like me, they had simple dreams like me," Howard says. "I came to these films as a young teen, and I could not believe I was seeing people like me, with big Afros, living in the ghetto. I thought, 'That's my life,' so it was uplifting for me."

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Posted on 10:51 PM by Lisa Ford and filed under , , | 3 Comments »


ZODCORE said... @ October 12, 2009 at 1:54 PM

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md20737 said... @ October 12, 2009 at 10:31 PM

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KC in da house!! said... @ October 13, 2009 at 12:01 AM

I completely agree with both comments