Dazzling, highly stylized, excessively violent, and brimming with sex, blaxploitation films enjoyed a brief but memorable period in motion picture history. Never before – and never since – have so many African American performers been featured in films, not in bit parts, but in name-above-the-title starring roles. 25 years after they first thrilled audiences the body of films known as blaxploitation are enjoying a renaissance. These pictures continue to captivate film fans, and the entire genre, with its bevy of colorful, utterly contemporary film characters, irresistible soundtrack albums, and catchy film titles.
Answering the call for a fresh and appreciative look back at a distinctly American motion picture phenomenon, Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide is the first truly comprehensive examination of the genre, its films, its trends, and its far-reaching impact, covering every blaxploitation film in detail.
Josiah Howard writes on popular culture and is the author of four books. He lives in NYC.
Published by FAB Press in 2021. Hardcover, measures 10 x 7.5 inches, 224 pages. ISBN 9781903254370.