blax·​ploi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌblak-(ˌ)splȯi-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce blaxploitation (audio) \

Definition of blaxploitation

: the exploitation of Black people by producers of Black-oriented films often used before another noun blaxploitation movies

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Recent Examples on the Web Such relatively insightful treatment of Black characters was still a rarity, though, and the ’70s saw Black filmmakers forging their own path, starting with, some would argue, the 1971 blaxploitation film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Carvell Wallace, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2021 So too for Black artists, though some of that success originated with blaxploitation films that perpetuated offensive stereotypes. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Following a suite of flashy blaxploitation releases, Rusty Cundieff’s 1995 anthology film, Tales From the Hood, tied together short horror tales through the experience of three drug dealers meeting a funeral director. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 17 Apr. 2021 Isaac Hayes’ double-album and the soundtrack to the 1971 blaxploitation film was a game-changer for how music was created for films not just in the Black community but the recording industry as a whole. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 22 Jan. 2021 Flavored with a soundtrack of Motown hits, the film, which featured Turman in his first lead role, was a sharp contrast to the blaxploitation films popular in the mid-1970s. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2020 That doesn’t mean that white men — or white women, a demographic that includes me — aren’t qualified to review the movie, which is a sequel to the 1971 classic of blaxploitation. Kristen Page-kirby, Twin Cities, 13 June 2019 Marks also served as president of the fabled indie company General Film Corp., which distributed many of his blaxploitation movies as well as The Candy Snatchers (1973), Wonder Women (1973) and The Zebra Killer (1974). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2019 That's intentional, as the new Amazon series uses the tropes of 1970s B-movies and blaxploitation films to weave a parable about Nazi hunters finding, torturing and killing the perpetrators of the Holocaust. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of blaxploitation

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blaxploitation

blend of blax- (alteration of blacks) and exploitation

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“Blaxploitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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