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Baadaass!
November 24, 2004
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I just came by to say, this movie rocked my funky world. It's Mario van Peebles' tribute to his father, Melvin, who wrote, directed, financed, and starred in the first Blacksploitation film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadaass Song".

Really, "Sweetback" was a revolutionary film for its time. van Peebles insisted that the crew was half minority, unheard of at that time, so he couldn't use any union folks, and he worked on a shoe-string budget. It was really amazing to see his struggle during a time of rampant racism.

Ok, back to regularly scheduled programming....

November 24, 2004
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CiCi, I love movies like this. What did you like best about it?

November 24, 2004
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Cici,

I am so glad you are back!!!!!I'll keep this movie in mind, tho' never saw it.

November 24, 2004
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Cici-

Good to see you posting again!

-ella

November 29, 2004
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It was funky and edgy, but in a way very heartwarming - because you saw the whole struggle, the way van Peebles nearly drove himself insane because he had a vision, was insistent that that vision be fulfilled to the "t", and he very nearly gave up everything else in his life in order to make this movie.

It was revolutionary because prior to that the roles for black actors had been consigned to stereotype theater, if you will - shuffling, eyes downcast, stammering slaves. White America really was horrific in many aspects, before and dsuring the Civil Rights movement.

It sucks - we forget how ignorant our society was, willfully, for so long - how horrific life was in America for people who had darker skin, whether they were black, or latino, or asian.

It's something we need to remember, and remind our children of - otherwise we propagate the racism in our culture. I've heard a lot of people deny that racism even exists and it makes me pause and think about whether we've even made any progress, or whether racism has just gone underground....

November 29, 2004
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Cici,

Did you ever see 'Salt of the Earth'?
I believe that is the title. It is a black and white, no color film made in the 50's. It was banned from the U.S. for many years. It is about Union organizing, and so good. Only got to see it once, can't find it now. Should try the Web, I guess.

Sew

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