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Blaxploitation
"He's black. He's brutal. He's Boss."
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The term Blaxploitation refers to a specific class of movie, quite popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, in which the hero or heroes are black, and they have to fight some sort of battle, engage some enemy or otherwise solve some problem in ways involving violence, intimidation, or extreme action skills.

The pivotal point of this genre of film is that the main character's most significant attribute is the color of his (or her) skin, as well as stereotypical attributes associated with it at the time, such as intimidating appearance, being "naturally predisposed" towards independence, lack of respect for authority, utter disregard of manners and formalism, preference for violent solutions over diplomacy and unquestionable badassery.

Typically the main character was a good guy such as the title character in Shaft, but in some cases he was an Anti-Hero, such as Priest, the drug dealer in SuperFly who wants to do one more deal and retire.

Some of the tropes exposed include:

The Trope Maker/Ur Example of this genre is Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. Note that unless indicated, if a movie is mentioned below, it's referring to the original 1970s/1980s version, and not to any subsequent remake under the same name. The Blaxploitation genre hasn't been as common since the 1980s, mainly due to concerns from African American civil rights groups, pushing it toward Deader Than Disco status.

See also Blaxploitation Parody.


Examples

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Blunt YesDrama TropesBoarding School of Horrors
BizarrchitectureJustForFun/TropemanteauBlipvert
BiopicFilm GenresBlaxploitation Parody
Big Heroic RunAction Adventure TropesBlaxploitation Parody
Black VikingsBlack IndexBlaxploitation Parody
Black VikingsRace TropesBlaxploitation Parody
Be YourselfThe SeventiesBlockbuster Age Of Hollywood

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