The Blaxploitation genre of film, one of the most popular forms of entertainment among African Americans of the time, radically challenged the integrationist norms of the civil rights movement. The NAACP derided the films as “proliferating offenses” that would set back the mission of achieving full citizenship for African Americans. But in addition to being enormously popular among black audiences, Blaxploitation films have been hailed by some for being the first in American cinema to portray black characters as heroes rather than sidekicks, villains, or victims of oppression. Blaxploitation films, which were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music, have also been praised for their realistic portrayal of urban ghettos and for presenting black culture as complex, diverse, and full of pleasures forbidden in formal America.
In this 3-part webinar, being presented in January, 2022, you will join Kamasi Hill in an examination of seven of the most influential and important Blaxploitation films, as well as their legacies in American culture