I would like to say hey to old fans and welcome to the new. I am the blog administrator, Self-Science, and we are preparing to give this blog some life again. Now before some of you get your hopes up, let me be very clear that we are not going to be like we use to be as far as sharing goes. We have some new ideas and projects that will satisfy your thirst of blaxploitation.
Our beloved blog editor, Funkback, has returned from hiatus, so this will really boost activity to the website. I have enabled commenting on the blog again. We are still down one editor, Mr. Wone, but he will return when he ready.
The website has turned into more than just a "blaxploitation" website. It's a museum. He have covered many eras of black films, so the research here is abundant. We have some goodies to present, so in due time you will slowly begin seeing posts. Hope everyone is doing well and Blax Pride!!
Monday, May 4, 2015
I'm back in the game and it still is the same!
Funkback the original blogster (who relishes in all things funky) has true love for one of our most neglected artforms, the Blaxploitation movie and it's funky funky soundtrack, and is bouncing back into blogland. For those of You who didn't know:
I reside in the cold north of Scandinavia and was turned on by a friend of mine who dug HipHop and played me a Big Daddy Kane song where he battles Dolemite (no need to say who came out the victor)...
Then we lucked out and met a diehard grindhousefan, who had some 6th generation VHS-tapes of the classics. My friend tried to watch, but the lack of acting and the poor picture/sound turned him off. He was like: Isaac Hayes in mono?, eurghh!! I'll stick with my CD of The Mack!
But I was soo hooked!! Everytime I saw something remotely like a blax-soundtrack (a 'fro, platforms or maybe some striped flarepants sufficed to grab my attention) I dragged them home from the fleamarket. One of the first discoveries was Blacula by Gene Page. You'd best believe that Superfly and Shaft already had set a near impossibly high standard! Still my recordcollection grew...
As I learned more I started to aprecciate the less accessible stuff and the number of filled crates are still growing. These muthas have been increasing in prices lately (ebay Y'all) and I can no longer indulge myself like I used to.
My country was early in installing cable broadband internet, that led to my finding some serious funk online. Just as giving is superior to just taking, I started to share my findings first at Cinemageddon where they had a blaxploitation project wiki. Then I met Self Science through this blog and got to know Mr Wone. That experience gave me some serious schooling. If You take the time to actually study the movies and sounds on here You will slowly but surely reach my conclusion:
- There are far too many good worthwile movies and soundtracks to survive a front to back sitting (even if You avoid sleep and the bathroom). That's what is so great about this place!! You can actually learn some about genres and idioms of black culture BEFORE You make a decision about what to actually sit Yo' ass down to whatch/listen to. Our collective concioussness about these things grow and develop as we share it.
The early developments of "the cloud" made that (sharing) easy, megaupload, rapidshare, mediafire and the likes of Pirate Bay and Demonoid. Nowadays Youtube and to some extent spootify (at least for Scandinavians) and Last FM, has eased that process even further. But You will always have to be aware of The Man spying on Your online activities to see if there's a movieindustry/musicindustry nickel to be had there. If they think there is they will shut Your account down without a second thought. Many great blogs were shut down during my prevoius hiatus (RIP). There was blaxploitation.com (it's still there but not active) and The motherpage.edu (seerious P-Funk black-hole archive). But sharing via links to cloudservices has become more of a hassle that doesn't justify the labour involved. The defunct blogs and Wikis have been replaced by other fresh attempts in different languages, but Blaxploitationpride and sister/brotersite Blaxploitation Jive, through sheer volume keeps far ahead of the pack keeping the knowledge in circulation. We can now reach even more people through the Facebookpage!
I'm one of the initiated who really, really dug what they were trying to do with Black Dynamite and Li'l Pimp. Now I have to say I'm so very happy to see Blaxploitationpride still online, after my personal fortunes took a tumble. Now lets see what the future holds...
I'm gonna dig in and put my Funkback in it!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
It's been a while since there has been activity on the website. We are still around, but there has been many transitions in our lives so we don't spend much time posting on BP. I try and fill request to people who sends me an email, but sometimes is takes me a while to respond. If there is anything that your interested in from BP, then just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For now, enjoy this Blaxploitation soundtrack by Skeme Richards from Hot Peas and Butter.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
- James Earl Jones
- Alfred Lutter III
When Young Phillip is separated form his mother and found by a black man named Timothy and his cat Stewcat, Phillip becomes blind and they all end up on an island. Will they survive or will they die?
The availability of this made-for-TV movie is obscure. I saw it on some Sunday night on TV in 1974, and have wanted to see it again ever since. The story is positively poignant and the acting is superb. The character of Timothy is a wonderfully unique portrayal by James Earl Jones. The adaptation from the book was done well. Want to see it again and own it in my home movie library. I know that the book is still used for literature/english classes at the junior high/middle school level and this film version would be a valuable asset as a "follow-up" for students after reading the book.
- Sidney Poitier
- Richard Widmark
- James MacArthur
Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to the breaking point. This one's grim tension to the end.