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

Definition of blaxploitation

: the exploitation of blacks by producers of black-oriented films blaxploitation movies

Examples of blaxploitation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Shaft’ is funny and violent, if somewhat flawed," 13 June 2019 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, "Sequel to blaxploitation classic ‘Shaft’ shifts gears in the age of Uber," 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, "Arthur Marks, Producer and Director on 'Perry Mason' and a Blaxploitation Maverick, Dies at 92," 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, "Review: For Amazon's 'Hunters,' killing Nazis comes first; they'll figure out the rest later," 19 Feb. 2020 Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name, made by experienced director Craig Brewer, is a terrific picture about blaxploitation impresario and entrepreneur Rudy Ray Moore, starring a dazzling Eddie Murphy. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Yes, We Should Fix the Broken Oscars. But Let's Not Look to Hollywood to Fix Us," 30 Jan. 2020 The Netflix film stars Eddie Murphy as blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Academy Reveals Oscars Shortlist — And Some Of Your Faves Made The Cut!," 17 Dec. 2019 Adapted by Ivan Dixon, the movie traffics in the same set pieces and cliches of the era’s blaxploitation classics, but for a far more serious purpose than cheap thrills. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "The 34 best political movies ever made," 23 Jan. 2020 The movie is a biopic of stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who breaks through with a persona named Dolemite, a pimp with a cane, and becomes a blaxploitation leading man., "“Catherine the Great”," 21 Oct. 2019

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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 24 Sep. 2020.

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