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The Official African American/Blaxploitation Challenge (february 2020)

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#81

Post by sol » February 8th, 2020, 5:14 am

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)

12. Peeples (2013)

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An African American Meet the Parents with Craig Robinson dropping by unannounced at his girlfriend's parents' home with the hope of introducing himself before proposing. As he has trouble winning his father-in-law to-be's approval, the film follows a familiar path, and a running gag of his proposal attempts being interrupted tires quickly. Robinson is solid though, while David Alan Grier is excellent as the father who insists on being called "Judge".
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Post by xianjiro » February 8th, 2020, 8:18 am

Here's one to consider, Harriet (2019): by a black woman, about a black woman, starring a black woman and all about getting to Freedomland.

Harriet on the $20! ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻✊

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#83

Post by albajos » February 8th, 2020, 9:58 am

25% update

One week in and we have seen 76 features, 8 shorts and episodes from 3 different TV shows. In all we have collected 90 points from these, and with 14 participants so far that is an average of 6,42 that would place 6th.

psychotronicbeatnik is in a clear lead with 27% of all points, but albajos has 2/day, and sol, jdidaco and blueboybob averages at 1/day.

RankParticipantPointsPers. rec.
1psychotronicbeatnik2562
2albajos14-
3sol1214
4jdidaco1010
5blueboybob8-


For the bonus challenge we have 4 participants. psychotronicbeatnik have already seen 5/15, albajos is one step behind, and cinephage and flavo5000 secures 3rd place with movies by Melvin Van Peebles or Spike Lee.
There are several other that have seen eligible movies for this, but haven't used the codes neccessary.

Then some stats:
Most watched - all have 2
official
Coffy (1973)
Dolemite (1975)
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

unofficial
House Party (1990)

Genres
01 49 Drama
02 30 Comedy
03 19 Romance
04 15 Crime
05 11 Action
The least popular genres are Animation, Family, Adventure and History with 2 each.

Keywords
01 57 African American (yay!)
02 35 Independent film
03 27 Blaxploitation (yay!)
04 26 Violence
05 24 Murder
12 movies are F Rated and 3 are Triple F Rated (Eve's Bayou, Little and The Watermelon Woman)

Highest rated features;
8,0 Nothing But a Man (1964)
7,9 Lackawanna Blues (2005)
7,7 Boyz n the Hood (1991)
7,7 Get Out (2017)
7,7 Waves (2019)

Release dates
1970s 26 and 5 shorts
2010s 17 and 1 short
2000s 11
1990s 10
1980s 5 and 2 shorts

1975 6 amd 1 short
1974 6
2019 5 and 1 short
1973 4 and 1 short
2018 4

The longest stretch of movies we have seen is 8. Both 1999-2006 and 1968-1975. So far we have visited 44 spots in time with 1932 being the oldest. The five most recent unvisited are 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 1998.

All our watches: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls096653746/
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#84

Post by albajos » February 8th, 2020, 11:14 am

4/15

Richard Roundtree
(July 9, 1942, New York (age 77))

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Shaft himself, the series that defined Blaxploitation for the masses. A series that still follows him to this day, as he still get parts in every remake and reboot that they've made.
Shaft was actually his debut movie, so his career was already set for the 70s with 3 Shaft movies and a short lived TV series. Like Williamson he kept on getting roles as police or military in mainstream movies, so the success had it disadvantages.
Has tried to disassociate himself as a "black action hero" ever since he portrayed his famed role as John Shaft in the three Shaft films, from playing Miles Quade, the motorcycle stuntman in an Evel Knievel mold in Earthquake (1974), to a senior citizen in Soul Food (2000). However, he has came to terms with the fact that he will always be known as Shaft.
Was nominated for a Golden Globe for Shaft (newcomer). And won the lifetime achievement award (called Legacy award) from African-American Film Critics Association in 2011.

Actually started out as a model (1963), before he joined a black theatre company in 1967.

Was actually hard to find top movies here as he has done mostly TV work, single episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Roots, Star, Being Mary Jane, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Meet the Browns and several others (87 in total, but these I mentioned are some of the eligible ones)

Top movies to watch for this challenge:
Shaft - all six of them; Shaft (1971) is the only official one
One Down, Two to Go (1982)
Charley-One-Eye (1973)
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#85

Post by flavo5000 » February 8th, 2020, 1:21 pm

albajos wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 9:58 am

For the bonus challenge we have 3 participants. psychotronicbeatnik have already seen 5/15, albajos is one step behind, and cinephage secures 3rd place with a Melvin Van Peebles movie.
There are several other that have seen eligible movies for this, but haven't used the codes neccessary.
Please see my post #70.

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Post by sebby » February 8th, 2020, 1:53 pm

01 Black Mother (2018) 6/10
02 The Learning Tree (1969) 3/10
03 Daughters of the Dust (1991) 5/10
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01 Black Mother (2018) 6/10
02 The Learning Tree (1969) 3/10
03 Daughters of the Dust (1991) 5/10

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 8th, 2020, 6:10 pm

New Jim Crow FTWShow
1. Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love? (2011)
2. Bad Boys II (2003)

This was fun - I haven't seen this in years, so it was a nice revisit. What I like about this series is how it models being Black in America - they're cops who do awesome (and totally insane) things, and are absolutely hilarious. And by focusing on that aspect, them being cops, along with the family drama plot lines you have a film that puts three Black actors in the three main leads in positions of power and authority where that is both normal and expected. And I love seeing this.

There's also some of the fun sub-plot lines that go along with it - like opening the film on a Klan rally with full cross burning, and the Boys taking them down. Or the Boys having fun and trying to ruin the status of one of the Klansmen by taking selfies and threatening to post pictures about how much fun they were having hanging out.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 8th, 2020, 6:51 pm

Here's a solid rec that will give you the choice of three different Bonus stars: Original Gangstas (1996)

A chance to see Grier, Williamson and Roundtree still being baadasssss twenty years after the blaxplo trend started (Ron O'Neal and Jim Brown are in it too). You're in for a real treat if you can watch the laserdisc version which featured Williamson on the commentary. He tells some highly amusing stories about the film's production - particularly one about ridding his mom's neighborhood in Chicago of real gangbangers while the film was being shot.

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Post by albajos » February 8th, 2020, 6:56 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 6:10 pm
What I like about this series is how it models being Black in America
Does it though? Most of Bay's movies are stereotypical racist, sexist and homophobic

He should not get a free pass in a challenge like this
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 8th, 2020, 7:17 pm

26. Fruitvale Station (2013 / Ryan Coogler) FTV 9+/10 {85 m.} [Bonus: Spencer]
27. Kings (2017 / Deniz Gamze Erguven) FTV 7/10 {86 m.}
28. Pariah (2011 / Dee Rees) 8+/10 {86 m.} [Bonus: Rees] :party: Happy Birthday, Dee Rees!

Afro SeenShow
1.Blackenstein (1973 / William A. Levey) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}
2.Blacula (1972 / William Crain) 8/10 {93 m.}
3.Scream Blacula Scream (1973 / Bob Kelljan) 8/10 {96 m.} [Bonus: Grier]
4. Ten Minutes To Live (1932 / Oscar Micheaux) FTV 8+/10 {58 m.} [Bonus: Micheaux]
5. House Party (1990 / Reginald Hudlin) 8+/10 {100 m.}
6. Soul Plane (2004 / Jessy Terrero) 8/10 {86 m.}
7. Baby Boy (2001 / John Singleton) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.} [Bonus: Singleton]
8. Boyz n the Hood (1991 / John Singleton) 8+/10 {112 m.}
9. Sorry To Bother You (2018 / Boots Riley) FTV 8+/10 {112 m.}
10. Little (2019 / Tina Gordon) FTV 5/10 {109 m.}
11-16. Shorter TV {364 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 7-12 (1972) FTV 8-/10 {156 min. }
b. Good Times: S1, Ep. 9-13; S2, Ep. 1-3 (1974) FTV 8/10 {208 min. }
17. The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968 / Melvin Van Peebles) 9/10 {87 m.} [Bonus: Van Peebles]
18. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971 / Melvin Van Peebles) 8+/10 {97 m.}
19. Barbershop (2002 / Tim Story) FTV 8+/10 {102 m.}
20. Black Belt Jones (1974 / Robert Clouse) 7/10 {85 m.}
21. Three the Hard Way (1974 / Gordon Parks Jr.) 7/10 {89 m.} [Bonus: Williamson]
22. How To Get the Man’s Foot Outta Your Ass; aka: Baadasssss! (2003 / Mario Van Peebles) FTV 8+/10 {109 m.}
23. How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005 / Joe Angio) FTV 8/10 {85 m.}
24. Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004 / Kevin Rodney Sullivan) FTV 7/10 {106 m.}
25. Creed II (2018 / Steven Caple Jr.) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.}

26. Fruitvale Station (2013 / Ryan Coogler) FTV 9+/10 {85 m.} [Bonus: Spencer]
27. Kings (2017 / Deniz Gamze Erguven) FTV 7/10 {86 m.}
28. Pariah (2011 / Dee Rees) 8+/10 {86 m.} [Bonus: Rees] :party: Happy Birthday, Dee Rees!


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Post by maxwelldeux » February 8th, 2020, 8:24 pm

New Jim Crow FTWShow
1. Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love? (2011)
2. Bad Boys II (2003)
3. Birthright (1939) Bonus: Oscar Micheaux

Fascinating look at racism in the South and interactions between White and Black people. But a film I appreciated more than enjoyed - it was clunky and REALLY not helped by the fact that chunks of it are missing and replaced with summaries on title cards.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 8th, 2020, 9:18 pm

29. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 / Keith Truesdell) FTV 7+/10 {58 m.}

I had seen Chris Rock in movies but never watched his stand-up before. I'll watch some more - he's insightful and funny. Best line:
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"We don't need prayer in schools, we need the tossed-salad man in schools!"
which may not make much sense out of context but sure made me laugh while watching.

Afro SeenShow
1.Blackenstein (1973 / William A. Levey) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}
2.Blacula (1972 / William Crain) 8/10 {93 m.}
3.Scream Blacula Scream (1973 / Bob Kelljan) 8/10 {96 m.} [Bonus: Grier]
4. Ten Minutes To Live (1932 / Oscar Micheaux) FTV 8+/10 {58 m.} [Bonus: Micheaux]
5. House Party (1990 / Reginald Hudlin) 8+/10 {100 m.}
6. Soul Plane (2004 / Jessy Terrero) 8/10 {86 m.}
7. Baby Boy (2001 / John Singleton) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.} [Bonus: Singleton]
8. Boyz n the Hood (1991 / John Singleton) 8+/10 {112 m.}
9. Sorry To Bother You (2018 / Boots Riley) FTV 8+/10 {112 m.}
10. Little (2019 / Tina Gordon) FTV 5/10 {109 m.}
11-16. Shorter TV {364 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 7-12 (1972) FTV 8-/10 {156 min. }
b. Good Times: S1, Ep. 9-13; S2, Ep. 1-3 (1974) FTV 8/10 {208 min. }
17. The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968 / Melvin Van Peebles) 9/10 {87 m.} [Bonus: Van Peebles]
18. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971 / Melvin Van Peebles) 8+/10 {97 m.}
19. Barbershop (2002 / Tim Story) FTV 8+/10 {102 m.}
20. Black Belt Jones (1974 / Robert Clouse) 7/10 {85 m.}
21. Three the Hard Way (1974 / Gordon Parks Jr.) 7/10 {89 m.} [Bonus: Williamson]
22. How To Get the Man’s Foot Outta Your Ass; aka: Baadasssss! (2003 / Mario Van Peebles) FTV 8+/10 {109 m.}
23. How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005 / Joe Angio) FTV 8/10 {85 m.}
24. Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004 / Kevin Rodney Sullivan) FTV 7/10 {106 m.}
25. Creed II (2018 / Steven Caple Jr.) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.}
26. Fruitvale Station (2013 / Ryan Coogler) FTV 9+/10 {85 m.} [Bonus: Spencer]
27. Kings (2017 / Deniz Gamze Erguven) FTV 7/10 {86 m.}
28. Pariah (2011 / Dee Rees) 8+/10 {86 m.} [Bonus: Rees]

29. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 / Keith Truesdell) FTV 7+/10 {58 m.}


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Post by maxwelldeux » February 8th, 2020, 9:35 pm

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 9:18 pm
29. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 / Keith Truesdell) FTV 7+/10 {58 m.}

I had seen Chris Rock in movies but never watched his stand-up before. I'll watch some more - he's insightful and funny. Best line:
SpoilerShow
"We don't need prayer in schools, we need the tossed-salad man in schools!"
which may not make much sense out of context but sure made me laugh while watching.
He's solid - I think his older stuff is better than his newer material, and is a lot more biting. Bigger & Blacker would be right up there with Bring the Pain, for me.

And that is a hilarious line!

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Post by albajos » February 8th, 2020, 10:10 pm

15. Mudbound (2017) USA 1 official list 1 547 checks [Bonus:Rees] [double]
AfAm. Set in the 40s a white and black man that fought together in WWII get back to Mississippi to fight the old war against racism.
16 (1ta) Girlfriends S01E01 Toe Sucking (2000) USA 1 check
16 (1tb) Girlfriends S01E02 One Night Stand? (2000) USA 1 check
16 (1tc) Girlfriends S01E01 Girlfrenzy (2000) USA 1 check [Bonus:Akil]
AfAm. Girlfriends was one of the highest rated scripted shows on television among African-American adults 18-34. The whole should be available for free on the network's homepage www.cwtv.com (us only). In these first episodes it's basically a sitcom like you see in all other shows. (She just refer that there is to much drama between the 4 friends. it would be such much simpler to have white friends)- The series ran for 8 seasons plus a spin off, so they did get into deeper african american issues during those years. Akil was the creator of the whole show (like Matt Groening in The Simpsons) and she also co-wrote several episodes including these three.
17. Baadasssss Cinema (2002) USA | UK 84 checks (I'm not counting this for the bonus challenge, but several of them is in it)
Blax. Very informative. And also a great attack on Jackie Brown, and they let Tarantino, Grier and JAckson. But basically the issue is that Jackie Brown have all the style of Blaxploitation movies, but none of the social commentary.
18. Next Friday (2000) USA 1 561 checks
AfAm. On the surface it looks like Fresh Prince but with more toilet humor, but it's also about a person from the hood getting it tough in the nice neighborhood as they expect he his trouble or that he will attract trouble. And this is from fellow african americans that just want to live a peaceful life.
19. The Education of Sonny Carson (1974) USA 16 checks
AfAm. A kid grows up in the ghetto, and puts him on the wrong path the rest of his life. Best movie seen so far.

I also saw Friday After Next, but all the social commentary from Friday and Next Friday is completely gone from this. It's just a silly comedy. So not counting it.

They call me Mister Tibbs!Show
01. Petey Wheatstraw (1977) USA 1 official list 104 checks [Bonus:Moore]
02. The Mack (1973) USA 2 official lists 415 checks
03. Uptown Saturday Night (1974) USA 415 checks [Bonus:Poitier]
04. Willie Dynamite (1974) USA 1 official list 101 checks
05. Dolemite (1975) USA 2 official lists 540 checks
06. The Guy from Harlem (1977) USA 61 checks
07. Coffy (1973) USA 2 official lists 1 556 checks [Bonus:Grier]
08. Truck Turner (1974) USA 163 checks
09. The Greatest (1977) UK | USA 25 checks
10. Lady Sings the Blues (1972) USA 185 checks [double]
11. The Wiz (1978) USA 185 checks [double]
12. Top Ten Things I Love/Hate About The Hood (2006) USA color=#008000]not on imdb[/color]
13. Bucktown (1975) USA 54 checks [Bonus:Stars: Williamson]
14. Amazing Grace (1974) USA 9 checks [Bonus:Stars: Williamson]
15. Mudbound (2017) USA 1 official list 1 547 checks [Bonus:Rees] [double]
16 (1ta) Girlfriends S01E01 Toe Sucking (2000) USA 1 check
16 (1tb) Girlfriends S01E02 One Night Stand? (2000) USA 1 check
16 (1tc) Girlfriends S01E01 Girlfrenzy (2000) USA 1 check [Bonus:Akil]
17. Baadasssss Cinema (2002) USA | UK 84 checks (I'm not counting this for the bonus challenge, but several of them is in it)
18. Next Friday (2000) USA 1 561 checks
19. The Education of Sonny Carson (1974) USA 16 checks

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 8th, 2020, 11:46 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 9:35 pm
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 9:18 pm
29. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 / Keith Truesdell) FTV 7+/10 {58 m.}

I had seen Chris Rock in movies but never watched his stand-up before. I'll watch some more - he's insightful and funny. Best line:
SpoilerShow
"We don't need prayer in schools, we need the tossed-salad man in schools!"
which may not make much sense out of context but sure made me laugh while watching.
He's solid - I think his older stuff is better than his newer material, and is a lot more biting. Bigger & Blacker would be right up there with Bring the Pain, for me.

And that is a hilarious line!
I started with Bring the Pain because a friend told me it was her favorite. I'll get Bigger and Blacker next - I think it was his follow-up to this one anyway. I'll watch Bring the Pain sometime with better sound. I watched it on dailymotion and really had to concentrate to hear everything he said.

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Post by maxwelldeux » February 9th, 2020, 12:48 am

New Jim Crow FTWShow
1. Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love? (2011)
2. Bad Boys II (2003)
3. Birthright (1939) Bonus: Oscar Micheaux
4. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) Bonus: Ruby Dee

This was so weirdly cool to see. I'm not sure I'd ever seen non-baseball footage of Jackie Robinson before, which was awesome to see him talking and running and playing himself. But what was strange is that you have a biography of a person who then played himself in the movie. A sports movie. Where he was young enough to actually play himself as an elite athlete. Which he was, because he was still playing MLB. But it's also a movie biography about a guy young enough that the story gets WAY better.

I think my favorite parts were watching Jackie's face during the "racist people yelling" scenes.

As as a bonus, Ruby Dee played Jackie's wife, Rae. Fun fact, Ruby later played his mother in a different film.

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Post by flavo5000 » February 9th, 2020, 12:56 am

albajos wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 10:10 pm
17. Baadasssss Cinema (2002) USA | UK 84 checks (I'm not counting this for the bonus challenge, but several of them is in it)
Blax. Very informative. And also a great attack on Jackie Brown, and they let Tarantino, Grier and JAckson. But basically the issue is that Jackie Brown have all the style of Blaxploitation movies, but none of the social commentary.
In reality, most actual blaxploitation movies have zero social commentary. The name was derived from exploiting blacks, meaning low-grade b-pictures that Hollywood would churn out to appeal to black audiences regardless of quality with none of the social commentary that movies like Sweet Sweetback (which spawned them) had to make a quick buck. In fact, movies that did have social commentary like In the Heat of the Night would never be considered blaxsploitation and Melvin Van Peebles himself was pretty offended by the genre tag and never considered any of his pictures blaxsploitation.

I'm also confused about your criteria for inclusion in the challenge. That is, if the movie has no particular social commentary about the black experience it can't count. Fred Williamson took great pride in the films he directed like Mean Johnny Barrows and Joshua because, while they were directed by a black and man and starred a black man, the movies themselves never really raised it at as a point of contention, his point being that if the idea of a black man in a starring role becomes normalized that it no longer becomes a novelty (like how blaxploitation movies were essentially marketing them). So in reality, the very existence of Fred Williamson's directorial efforts were a kind of social commentary and far more of a reflection of how African Americans wanted to be portrayed at the time, not making an issue of race, than something like Hell Up In Harlem or Willie Dynamite that basically portrays black people as primarily pimps and murderers in a ghetto.

Given all the above, I'd say something like Bad Boys II actually embodies what Fred Williamson had envisioned, a world where black actors can star in a brainless action movie and their race not really be a thing. Having said that, Michael Bay is a trash person with horrible ideas about race but I really don't think those predilections are on full display in the Bad Boys franchise (he was saving much of his horribleness for the Transformers movies so he could project crap stereotypes onto CGI to avoid offending people as much).

I mean, regardless of their intent, I actually still get enjoyment from blaxploitation movies due to their raw violence and sleaziness which has a certain appeal no different than non-black featured low-grade action flix from the '70s and '80s.

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Post by sol » February 9th, 2020, 1:49 am

albajos wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 9:58 am
For the bonus challenge we have 4 participants. psychotronicbeatnik have already seen 5/15, albajos is one step behind, and cinephage and flavo5000 secures 3rd place with movies by Melvin Van Peebles or Spike Lee.
There are several other that have seen eligible movies for this, but haven't used the codes neccessary.
Thanks for the detailed stats! :poshclap: I'm not interested in the bonus challenge this time round, but I appreciate you adding something extra in to try to spice things up.
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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)

13. Stigma (1972)

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The new African American doctor of a bigoted coastal town has trouble convincing the community that there is an infectious outbreak of syphilis in this racially charged thriller. The film has some potent moments as the doctor confronts racism head-on, but as the movie wears on though, it starts to feel like more of an educational scare film on the subject with the protagonist trying (hilariously) to talk on the same level as the local teens ("you cats").
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Post by maxwelldeux » February 9th, 2020, 3:22 am

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1. Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love? (2011)
2. Bad Boys II (2003)
3. Birthright (1939) Bonus: Oscar Micheaux
4. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) Bonus: Ruby Dee
5. Dolemite (1975) Bonus: Rudy Ray Moore

Ridiculous, but fun. I did not actually know who Rudy Ray Moore was before this challenge started, so this was a fun discovery. Plus I learned things, so always good.

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Post by sol » February 9th, 2020, 4:24 am

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
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4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)

14. Keanu (2016)

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Post by jeroeno » February 9th, 2020, 1:18 pm

04. 21 Bridges (2019)

Promising start but way too lazy in the last half hour.

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Post by flavo5000 » February 9th, 2020, 1:49 pm

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2. Mr. Mean (Fred Williamson, 1977) BONUS: Fred Williamson
Fred Williamson writes, directs and stars in this ramshackle but still entertaining action flick about an ex-mob guy who goes freelance and is hired to kill his old boss. While it's no masterpiece, it's a quick fun flick with a great soundtrack courtesy of the Ohio Players.

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3. Harriet (Kasi Lemmons, 2019)
A biopic of Harriet Tubman, it's pretty well-acted but seems to be playing it pretty safe on the prestige biopic front. It also ends right as things are getting really interesting at the dawn of the Civil War. While it isn't a bad movie, it feels like a series of missed opportunities.
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Post by sol » February 10th, 2020, 3:36 pm

Doing the Right ThingShow
1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)

15. Little (2019)

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While all of the character growth and lessons to be learned are spelled out from very early on, this film is nevertheless consistently entertaining thanks to Marsai Martin's spot-on performance of an adult in a teenager's body, besting even the likes of Jodie Foster in Freaky Friday with every mannerism making her seems adult. Bits and pieces are lame along the way (a restaurant sing-off) but the film milks Martin confusing everyone for all it is worth.
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Post by allisoncm » February 10th, 2020, 11:37 pm

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1. Lackawanna Blues (2005) 7/10 Great cast.
2. Boys on the Side (1995) 8/10 Whoopi Goldberg is a central character in this, representing what it’s like to be a black and lesbian woman.
3. Race (2016) 7/10 Jesse Owens goes to pre-war Germany in 1936 and faces discrimination there and in the USA despite his record-breaking accomplishments.
4. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 2020 Directed by Cathy Yan 5/10 Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Black Canary, an African American woman that still faces discrimination despite her singing talent. Luckily, she has ultra cool moves and awesome outfits to silence any naysayers.

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Post by sol » February 11th, 2020, 11:51 am

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)

16. Coffy (1973)

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While nothing subsequent ever matches the power of her first kill in which we graphically see the victim's head explode when shot, there are some terrific moments in the high octane final ten minutes and the film seldom bores even with several lulls between the action. Pam Grier is engaging to watch throughout as she tricks and manipulates others in her vengeance quest. A cast-against-type Allan Arbus is also excellent as the drug kingpin.
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4. Shaft's Big Score! (1972) BONUS: Richard Roundtree (actor)
5. Shaft in Africa (1973)
JOHN SHAFT DOUBLE FEATURE YEAAAA!!! So honestly, Shaft's Big Score wasn't the best follow-up, falling into the "just fine" category of aping the format of its predecessor as a kind of dry procedural with TV movie production values. Despite that it does have a couple of solid action sequences but overall was pretty meh. Despite the ludicrous-sounding premise, Shaft in Africa was a little bit of an improvement, with John Shaft on a more globe-hopping journey to break up a slave ring. The title is a bit misleading since while he does go to Africa, posing as a slave undercover to find out who's behind it, about half the movie takes place elsewhere. Regardless, it's still pretty good and while not up to the standards of the best of blaxploitation, it still offers some thrills.

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6. South Central S1E5-7 (1994) BONUS: Mara Brock Akil (writer)
I randomly watched episodes 5 through 7 because honestly those were the only ones I could find in order and I thought watching halfway through the season would give the show a little time to establish what it wanted to do. I was actually surprised by how good this short-lived sitcom was. In fact, it was barely a sitcom, dealing with very real situations that young black Americans faced at the time. Juxtaposing it with the far more outlandish Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, for instance, shows how much more grounded it is.
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4. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
5. Shaft in Africa (1973)
6. South Central S1E5-7 (1994)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 11th, 2020, 8:18 pm

30. Bessie (2015 / Dee Rees) FTV 8+/10 {115 m.}
31. Sparkle (2012 / Salim Akil) FTV 7/10 {116 m.} [Bonus: Mara Brock Akil – writer & producer]
32. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002 / Paul Justman) FTV 8+/10 {108 m.}
33. The Hate U Give (2018 / George Tillman Jr.) FTV 9/10 {133 m.}
34. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013 / George Tillman Jr.) FTV 8+/10 {108 m.}
35. Glory (1989 / Edward Zwick) 8/10 {122 m.} [Bonus: Washington]
36-39. Shorter TV {244 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 13-14; S2, Ep. 1-4 (1972) FTV 7+/10 {152 min. }
b. Good Times: S2, Ep. 4 (1974) FTV 7/10 {26 min. }
c. The Boondocks: S1, Ep. 1-3 (2005) FTV 7+/10 {66 min. }


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1.Blackenstein (1973 / William A. Levey) FTV 7/10 {87 m.}
2.Blacula (1972 / William Crain) 8/10 {93 m.}
3.Scream Blacula Scream (1973 / Bob Kelljan) 8/10 {96 m.} [Bonus: Grier]
4. Ten Minutes To Live (1932 / Oscar Micheaux) FTV 8+/10 {58 m.} [Bonus: Micheaux]
5. House Party (1990 / Reginald Hudlin) 8+/10 {100 m.}
6. Soul Plane (2004 / Jessy Terrero) 8/10 {86 m.}
7. Baby Boy (2001 / John Singleton) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.} [Bonus: Singleton]
8. Boyz n the Hood (1991 / John Singleton) 8+/10 {112 m.}
9. Sorry To Bother You (2018 / Boots Riley) FTV 8+/10 {112 m.}
10. Little (2019 / Tina Gordon) FTV 5/10 {109 m.}
11-16. Shorter TV {364 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 7-12 (1972) FTV 8-/10 {156 min. }
b. Good Times: S1, Ep. 9-13; S2, Ep. 1-3 (1974) FTV 8/10 {208 min. }
17. The Story of a Three-Day Pass (1968 / Melvin Van Peebles) 9/10 {87 m.} [Bonus: Van Peebles]
18. Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971 / Melvin Van Peebles) 8+/10 {97 m.}
19. Barbershop (2002 / Tim Story) FTV 8+/10 {102 m.}
20. Black Belt Jones (1974 / Robert Clouse) 7/10 {85 m.}
21. Three the Hard Way (1974 / Gordon Parks Jr.) 7/10 {89 m.} [Bonus: Williamson]
22. How To Get the Man’s Foot Outta Your Ass; aka: Baadasssss! (2003 / Mario Van Peebles) FTV 8+/10 {109 m.}
23. How To Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (2005 / Joe Angio) FTV 8/10 {85 m.}
24. Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004 / Kevin Rodney Sullivan) FTV 7/10 {106 m.}
25. Creed II (2018 / Steven Caple Jr.) FTV 7+/10 {130 m.}
26. Fruitvale Station (2013 / Ryan Coogler) FTV 9+/10 {85 m.} [Bonus: Spencer]
27. Kings (2017 / Deniz Gamze Erguven) FTV 7/10 {86 m.}
28. Pariah (2011 / Dee Rees) 8+/10 {86 m.} [Bonus: Rees]
29. Chris Rock: Bring the Pain (1996 / Keith Truesdell) FTV 7+/10 {58 m.}
30. Bessie (2015 / Dee Rees) FTV 8+/10 {115 m.}
31. Sparkle (2012 / Salim Akil) FTV 7/10 {116 m.} [Bonus: Mara Brock Akil – writer & producer]
32. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002 / Paul Justman) FTV 8+/10 {108 m.}
33. The Hate U Give (2018 / George Tillman Jr.) FTV 9/10 {133 m.}
34. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013 / George Tillman Jr.) FTV 8+/10 {108 m.}
35. Glory (1989 / Edward Zwick) 8/10 {122 m.} [Bonus: Washington]
36-39. Shorter TV {244 min. total}
a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 13-14; S2, Ep. 1-4 (1972) FTV 7+/10 {152 min. }
b. Good Times: S2, Ep. 4 (1974) FTV 7/10 {26 min. }
c. The Boondocks: S1, Ep. 1-3 (2005) FTV 7+/10 {66 min. }


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Post by flavo5000 » February 11th, 2020, 8:54 pm

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February 11th, 2020, 8:18 pm

a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 13-14; S2, Ep. 1-4 (1972) FTV 7+/10 {152 min. }
No lie. Sanford and Son is seriously one of my brother's favorite TV shows of all time.

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Post by allisoncm » February 11th, 2020, 11:18 pm

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1. Lackawanna Blues (2005) 7/10 Great cast.
2. Boys on the Side (1995) 8/10 Whoopi Goldberg is a central character in this, representing what it’s like to be a black and lesbian woman.
3. Race (2016) 7/10 Jesse Owens goes to pre-war Germany in 1936 and faces discrimination there and in the USA despite his record-breaking accomplishments.
4. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 2020 Directed by Cathy Yan 5/10 Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Black Canary, an African American woman that still faces discrimination despite her singing talent. Luckily, she has ultra cool moves and awesome outfits to silence any naysayers.
5. Poetic Justice (1993) [bonus:Singleton] 8/10 Janet Jackson plays an African American poet and hairdresser. The film is filled with appearances from important African Americans such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, and Maya Angelou. A beautiful piece marred by the fact that Singleton, Angelou, and Shakur are no longer with us.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 11th, 2020, 11:55 pm

flavo5000 wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 8:54 pm
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February 11th, 2020, 8:18 pm

a. Sanford and Son: S1, Ep. 13-14; S2, Ep. 1-4 (1972) FTV 7+/10 {152 min. }
No lie. Sanford and Son is seriously one of my brother's favorite TV shows of all time.
I had not watched it since it was first on until this challenge was held two years ago but always remembered it fondly, especially Fred's habit of shamming heart attacks with the line, "I'm coming Weezy." I'm discovering it can be quite funny or just OK but it's always fun to watch. I never watched Good Times when it was first on but it has me hooked now - it's a very warm and funny show, almost the flip opposite of S&S where the title characters are constantly at odds but actually genuinely love each other. I watched some episodes of both two years ago for this challenge and was very excited to return and catch some more this year.

I'd say your bro has good taste. B)

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Post by India Istanbul » February 12th, 2020, 4:43 am

1. Chi-raq (2015)
2. Johnson Family Vacation (2004)
3. Barbershop (2002)
4. Black Panther (2018)
5. Chris Rock Bring the Pain (1996)
6. Chris Rock Bigger and Blacker (1999)
7. Chris Rock Never Scared (2004)

Total: 7 points

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Post by AB537 » February 12th, 2020, 4:56 am

1. Sounder (Martin Ritt, 1972) 6.5/10

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Post by cinephage » February 12th, 2020, 7:10 am

02. Blacula, by Willam Crain (1972) 7,5/10

Much better than anticipated, truly classic in its approach of the genre.
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01. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, de Melvin van Peebles (1971) 8/10 Bonus - Melvin van Peebles 1/15

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Post by sol » February 12th, 2020, 12:19 pm

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1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)

17. Classified X (1998)

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Hosted by Melvin Van Peebles, this fascinating documentary looks at negative portrayals of African Americans on screen throughout the twentieth century. Appearing and not just narrating, Van Peebles adds some stinging sarcasm too through looks and stares, especially in regards to the idea of the central couple of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner being equals when Poitier's character is actually a much higher achiever than his girlfriend.
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Post by flavo5000 » February 12th, 2020, 1:13 pm

sol wrote:
February 12th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Doing the Right ThingShow
1. Native Son (1986)
2. Just Mercy (2019)
3. Dear White People (2014)
4. Death at a Funeral (2010)
5. Def by Temptation (1990)
6. Watermelon Man (1970)
7. Change of Mind (1969)
8. Pootie Tang (2001)
9. House Party (1990)
10. House Party 2 (1991)
11. Poetic Justice (1993)
12. Peeples (2013)
13. Stigma (1972)
14. Keanu (2016)
15. Little (2019)
16. Coffy (1973)

17. Classified X (1998)

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Hosted by Melvin Van Peebles, this fascinating documentary looks at negative portrayals of African Americans on screen throughout the twentieth century. Appearing and not just narrating, Van Peebles adds some stinging sarcasm too through looks and stares, especially in regards to the idea of the central couple of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner being equals when Poitier's character is actually a much higher achiever than his girlfriend.
I thought this was a really interesting one. Van Peebles just seems imbued with so much anger and disgust. I do think he sells Oscar Micheaux short as well as other black accomplished directors like Ossie Davis though.

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Post by flavo5000 » February 12th, 2020, 1:24 pm

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7. Hallelujah (1929)
A gambling sharecropper gets worked over by a dame after she's complicit in screwing him over in a craps game, and his brother ends up dead in the fall out. He decides to quit that life and become a preacher but his past comes back to haunt him. This one wasn't bad and certainly shows a more down-to-earth portrait of black Americans in the '20s than much of Hollywood's bug-eyed, comic relief stereotypes generally offers. It does suffer from feeling overly padded with musical numbers and amateurish acting in places. I think it would've worked better as a 30-minute short.

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8. Uptown Saturday Night (1974) BONUS: Sidney Poitier (director/actor)
This is actually the first film I've seen actually directed by Poitier (I might've seen Ghost Dad a long time ago but the less said about that one the better), and if you had told me that it'd be a light action-comedy about two guys trying to track down a lottery ticket, I would've probably given you a weird look. Given Poitier's background in more prestige roles, this one feels more refreshingly loose and grounded with he and Cosby acting probably a little too broadly for their own good but still looking like they're having fun. It does feature multiple scenes in a church that seem to unnecessarily go on forever that could've easily been trimmed down. Not sure what the reason was for leaving those in.
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4. Shaft's Big Score! (1972)
5. Shaft in Africa (1973)
6. South Central S1E5-7 (1994)
7. Hallelujah (1929)
8. Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

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Post by sol » February 12th, 2020, 3:03 pm

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February 12th, 2020, 1:13 pm
I thought this was a really interesting one. Van Peebles just seems imbued with so much anger and disgust. I do think he sells Oscar Micheaux short as well as other black accomplished directors like Ossie Davis though.
Oh yeah, totally - it was really cool having Van Peebles himself on screen, rather than all his anger and disgust hiding behind characters in his films. I'm surprised that the doco has less than 20 checks.

Haven't seen anything by Oscar Micheaux or Ossie Davis to know, but might correct that later this month.
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Post by blocho » February 12th, 2020, 3:38 pm

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especially in regards to the idea of the central couple of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner being equals when Poitier's character is actually a much higher achiever than his girlfriend.
When I was in grad school, I was twice the TA for a history class that screened Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. And both times, I and the other TA's found the movie extremely cringeworthy. And both times our students unanimously loved it and thought it was a great romantic movie and a great movie about racial reconciliation. It was left to us hapless TA's to explain how the whole narrative was designed to assuage the feelings of sensitive white liberals while erasing any agency or autonomy for Poitier's character.

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 12th, 2020, 5:02 pm

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8. Uptown Saturday Night (1974) BONUS: Sidney Poitier (director/actor)
This is actually the first film I've seen actually directed by Poitier (I might've seen Ghost Dad a long time ago but the less said about that one the better), and if you had told me that it'd be a light action-comedy about two guys trying to track down a lottery ticket, I would've probably given you a weird look. Given Poitier's background in more prestige roles, this one feels more refreshingly loose and grounded with he and Cosby acting probably a little too broadly for their own good but still looking like they're having fun. It does feature multiple scenes in a church that seem to unnecessarily go on forever that could've easily been trimmed down. Not sure what the reason was for leaving those in.

Poitier as a director definitely gravitated more towards comedies - and as you point out, the films he helmed tend to have a looser, lighter feel than the ones he is justifiably famous as an actor for. I've had one of his autobiographies on my shelf for a couple of years and I really should get around to reading it. I'd like to know more about what motivated him as a director. My favorite of his directorial efforts that I've seen so far is Buck and the Preacher. He and Belafonte play very well together and although it isn't billed as one there is a lot of comedy in it. Ruby Dee is in it too if you are working on the bonus.

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