blax·​ploi·​ta·​tion ˌblak-(ˌ)splȯi-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce blaxploitation (audio)
: the exploitation of Black people by producers of Black-oriented films
often used before another noun
blaxploitation movies

Examples of blaxploitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tarantino cast Grier, a blaxploitation legend, as the title character in his Elmore Leonard adaptation about a flight attendant caught in a bind. The New York Times Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Determined to turn Dolemite into a blaxploitation karate film starring himself, Rudy cobbles together a screenwriter (Keegan-Michael Key), a celebrated character actor (Wesley Snipes), and a comedian (Da'Vine Joy Randolph), and decides to do it himself., 8 Nov. 2023 Roundtree made his name in Hollywood with Shaft, a 1971 blaxploitation classic about a smooth-talking detective who must rescue his kidnapped daughter from the mob. Vulture, 25 Oct. 2023 David McKnight, who portrayed the title character in the cult blaxploitation horror classic J.D.’s Revenge and appeared in Hollywood Shuffle and The Five Heartbeats for Robert Townsend, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Dec. 2023 Named in homage to the classic 1972 blaxploitation neo-noir film (and accompanying classic Curtis Mayfield soundtrack), Mutant Mayhem's villain and the Ninja Turtles essentially have the same exact origin story: born as animals and mutated by ooze from a mad scientist. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 7 Aug. 2023 That list includes more than 20 films from 1964-80, the later part of that stretch including a number roles in blaxploitation films. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 19 May 2023 Through a mix of interviews, animation and a quirky blaxploitation motif, the film presents an intimate portrait of Chambers, focusing on his defiance of stereotypes and the power of self-expression. Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2023 In the ’70s, horror became less popular (except for the intro of Blacula), which ushered in the blaxploitation era. Malik Peay, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2023

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Word History


blend of blax- (alteration of blacks) and exploitation

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blaxploitation was in 1972

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“Blaxploitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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