Blaxploitation, Baby

In conjunction with Professor Cheryl Finley’s Blaxploitation Film and Photography course, we present a series of Blaxploitation films that will get you juiced!

According to Finley: Blaxploitation films of the 1970s are remembered for their huge Afros, enormous guns, slammin' soundtracks, sex, drugs, nudity, and violence. Never before or since have so many African American performers been featured in starring roles. Richard Roundtree (Shaft, 1971) and Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, 1974) burst onto the scene as fashionable leather-clad heroes/heroines ready to stick it to the man! An undaunted exploration of black sexuality was at the heart of the Blaxploitation film genre…. Macho male images were projected alongside strong, yet sexually submissive female ones. But how did these images affect the roles that black men and women played on and off the screen and the portrayal of the black body in contemporary society? These questions and many more will be explored in the course, which is cosponsored with University Courses.

Professor Finley will provide introductions to all of the programs with the exception of Enter the Dragon (Nov 5), which will be introduced by TBA.

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