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Opinion

Reclaiming Blaxploitation As Black Film: ‘The Thing With Two Heads’ As Racial Metaphor And Prediction

All too often when we hear the term, “Blaxploitation,” we concern ourselves solely with the latter part of this compound term that signifies exploitation.  For too long black films made between the years of 1971 and 1978, beginning with Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet, Sweetback’s  Badass Song in 1971 and perhaps ending with Noel Nosseck’s 1978 film, Youngblood, these black films have been...

Opinion

White Microaggression Against Black Film: Awards And Why They Matter

Every weekend, numerous websites, including this one, inform us of the short-term box office grosses of various films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which itself has raked in a whopping $591 million in short-term box office gross in this country alone.  This notion of box office profit as the guiding measurement of a film’s value seems to have a different significance depending upon...

Opinion

On 'Star Wars' and the Ponzi scheme of racial inclusion

  This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi This same time two years ago, I criticized the first Disney-produced Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, in a series of three articles for being a definitive example of what I called ‘hyper-tokenism’ concerning the Finn (John Boyega), Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) characters...

Film,Opinion

Slavery and white-on-white crime in the science-fiction film, 'Blade Runner 2049'

Blade Runner 2049 is a film as deeply flawed as its predecessor, Blade Runner (1982).  While the flaws of the previous film were revealed upon each subsequent revision that followed the theatrical domestic release version (e.g., the uncut version, the director’s cut, the final cut), the flaws of the new sequel are well on display and one can only hope that any subsequent revisions to...

Opinion

The prosperity code in Jay-Z’s 'The Story of O.J.' video and its ironic edutainment

While I must apologize for being late to the discussion about Jay-Z’s music video, The Story of O.J., in part because I am not an actual Jay-Z fan but after now having seen the work I feel it imperative that I add my two cents about it for whatever it’s worth.  Jay-Z’s music video The Story of O.J. offers itself as a biting form of ironic edutainment where beneath the surface of...