Hollywood films made by, for, and about African Americans thrived for a brief time in the early 1970s.
The genre, called Blaxploitation, also showcased important funk and soul artists on its soundtracks, e.g. Issac Hayes for Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971) and Curtis Mayfield for Superfly (Gordon Parks, Jr., 1972). The genre had a profound influence on hip-hop style and content.
- Blaxploitation Documentary (youtube.com)
- The Rise and Fall of Blaxploitation
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- Blaxploitation 101