Blaxploitation is a term that was given to the '70s Hollywood trend of making and releasing films specifically targeting the urban black audience. Out of this wave of films came some extremely influential movies that caused repercussions in pop-culture that we still feel to this day. Some of these movies include Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Shaft, Coffy, The Mack and Superfly. Black Dynamite, opening in limited release on October 16th, takes a loving look and a long laugh at these films of the '70s, what made them cool and why they've lasted so long in our minds, in this funny and over-the-top new film. We spoke to the films star and co-writer Michael Jai White, director and co-writer Scott Sanders and actors Arsenio Hall and Tommy Davidson to get the lowdown on this hilarious new film spoof.
This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House. Also starring Phil Morris, Mykelti Williamson, Bokeem Woodbine, John Salley, Brian McKnight and Nicole Sullivan and directed by Scott Sanders, Black Dynamite opens in limited release on October 16th.