Weekend self-care open thread—Blaxploitation movie soundtracks
Blaxploitation. If you’re a person of a certain age, you either saw these movies in the theater, or grew up watching them on TV.
Blaxploitation is a genre which flourished in the early and mid 1970s. Acted, produced, and directed by black artists, the films shared common themes. They addressed black urban life, racism, violence, poverty, and neglect, all while doing it with flair and panache. Its heroes were often anti-heroes, but their moral codes made you root for them.
And of course, there’s the music. The most famous soundtrack to a blaxploitation movie was Curtis Mayfield’s for “Super Fly”. The cutting edge of black musicians gave these movies music which complemented and commented on the action going on. And they were just funky-ass jams.
For this weekend’s self-care, some of the music of a golden age in black American art.
Pop in with your own favorites in the comments.
As always, care for yourselves and others.
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