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A film genre of the 1970s featuring African-American actors and often having antiestablishment plots, sometimes criticized for stereotypical characterization and glorification of violence.

[Blend of black and exploitation.]
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(Film) a genre of films featuring Black stereotypes
[C20: from bla(ck) + (e)xploitation]
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(ˌblæk splɔɪˈteɪ ʃən)
the exploitation of blacks, esp. in movies featuring or intending to appeal to blacks.
[1970–75, Amer.; blend of blax (resp. of blacks) + exploitation]
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Music soundtracks from movies of the blaxploitation genre popular during the 1970s. Blaxploitation movies were among the first in the United States to feature black characters in leading roles and to be made by black directors.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blaxploitation - the exploitation of black people (especially with regard to stereotyped roles in movies)
using, victimisation, victimization, exploitation - an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly); "capitalistic exploitation of the working class"; "paying Blacks less and charging them more is a form of victimization"
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I firstly chose the year of my birth just out of interest and the word which first caught my eye, because I hadn't heard it before, was blaxploitation. The definition of the word is the exploitation of people of colour by film producers and was first used in 1972.
The book examines artists and performers including Mikeah Jennings and Trajal Harrell, along with other manifestations of Black queer drama in performance art, speculative fiction, and Blaxploitation films.
Violent remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film stars Trevor Jackson as a drug dealer who must do one last deal before he leaves a life of crime behind him.
SuperFly 15, 116mins, opens Friday A DRUG dealer hoping to leave the "business" alive must face a rival gang, a Mexican drug cartel and corrupt police in this remake of the 1972 blaxploitation cult classic.
The movie feels like a parody rather than a sincere tribute to female-led blaxploitation films like Foxy Brown, Cleopatra Jones or Coffy, according to the reviewer.
Director X's "Superfly" transplants the 1972 Blaxploitation classic from Harlem streets to suburban Atlanta mansions, flips Curtis Mayfield's soul score for Future's hip-hop soundtrack and forsakes the original's politically charged grit for shallow music-video indulgence.
To understand the character and his importance, one needs to dive back into the 1970s, at the height of America's Blaxploitation movement.
In a ( featurette released by HBO last month, Method Man said that he didn't refer to blaxploitation movie pimps when preparing for his role as Rodney.
Beyond Blaxploitation. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2016, pp.
these simplistic views suggest." Essentially, Gifford argues, "there would be no street literature, no Blaxploitation, no Hip-Hop the way we know them today without [the culturally transformative] Pimp."
91 mins A BluRay release for one of the very best Blaxploitation films made, starring Pam Grier as a young nurse who seeks revenge when her little sister is hospitalised by a drug pusher.