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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As a lover of blaxploitation films (who is also critical of them when need be), Blade hits all the right referential notes, taking the best elements of what those films had to offer and leaving all the trash. Lea Anderson, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2022 This meant wearing my blaxploitation ‘fro on that Miss Texas and Miss America stage. Náosha Gregg, Glamour, 10 Aug. 2022 After a series of blaxploitation films, Mosley had his most prominent role in 1976 with Gordon Parks' Leadbelly, based on the life of folk singer Huddie Ledbetter. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 7 Aug. 2022 Foxxy, who is clearly modeled on blaxploitation goddess Pam Grier, has a lot of snazzy little outfits and a few good lines. Leah Greenblatt,, 19 July 2022 And either way, the attack was before Walker appeared in Kings with Halle Berry in 2017 and played gang member Juju in Superfly, a 2018 action movie produced by rapper Future as a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2022 The hero was previously brought to the screen during the height of Hollywood’s blaxploitation genre in the 1970s. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2022 The action movie was produced by rapper Future as a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation film Super Fly. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2022 The sequel to the smash ‘70s blaxploitation Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream is a hot mess. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 26 Nov. 2022.

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