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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Black Joy (1977)


Nominated for the Golden Palm award at Cannes in 1977, Anthony Simmons (Four in the Morning, The Optimists) directs the insightful if seedy story of an innocent and unsophisticated Guyanan immigrant, Ben (Trevor Thomas), who is exposed to the hustle of the Brixton ghetto. Ben arrives in Brixton with his cardboard suitcase and a piece of paper with the address of a relative on it. Within minutes he has lost his wallet to an artful dodger and is forced to sleep at a doss house with one eye closed and other watching his fellow dossers.

Nearly penniless, Ben wanders around Brixton and meets Dave (Norman Beaton), a conniving hustler who lives off the earnings of girlfriend Miriam (Floella Benjamin) and spends his days and money in gambling clubs and brothels. Dave at first sees the innocent Ben as an easy target, and offers to show him the ropes, meet girls and learn the ways of the big city; but ultimately the two men forge a unique friendship based on the corruption of the innocent and the survival of the underdogs.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ghosts Of Cite' Soleil (2006) (Repost to Recognize Haiti)

  • Winson "2Pac" Jean
  • James "Bily" Petit Frere
  • Eleonore "Lele" Senlis
Updated as of January 23, 2010: As much as there are problems and tragedies everywhere everyday, Haiti is up right now. We give our support as much as we possibly can that the ravaged communities and broken families of that independent nation will receive the care and treatment they need to recover and to deal with the loss. Societies of decadence owe a responsibility to assist those in need and here at Blaxploitation Pride, we will do our service and works in this digital capacity.

Below are site links to organizations working directly with disaster relief in Haiti:

Save The Children
Hope For Haiti

Billed as a Caribbean epic of family, love and violence, GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL takes us inside the lives of notorious gang leaders who dominate the Haitian slum of Cite Soleil.

The reality of life today in Haiti unfolds before us as we get to know two brothers and their stories intimately. They are 2Pac and Bily, Haitian gang leaders who strive to make better choices in a world with no choices at all. Through unprecedented access, we see the brothers love and hatred for each other, their love triangle with Lele, a French relief worker, and their unsavory pact with President Aristide during his desperate grasp to maintain power in early 2004.

Speaking the language of violence and knowing that staying alive in Haiti is a very day-to-day proposition, 2Pac and Bily struggle to find a better life for themselves and for their people.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Carl Douglas - Somebody Stop This Madness (From The Embassy) OST 45 (1972)

Somebody Stop This Madness Carl Douglas Blue Mountain BM 1007, 1972
What the hell is this?! A new blaxploitation soundtrack discovery? Yes, and thanks to top Norwegian beat bigger and DJ Teddy Rosso, we can all hear the incredible funk of Carl Douglas before he sank into cod Kung Fu disco with his later 1970s hits. This one's a super-tight wah-wah funker (yes, it really is) and is taken from the obscure Richard Roundtree blaxploitation thriller 'The Embassy', produced in the UK in 1971, fact fans. Highly recommended - you won't believe your ears!

And he didn't hesitate to let us hear the goodness either, enjoy!

Tongue (1976)

  • Brigitte Maier
  • Al Poe
  • Margo
  • Dudley Dare
  • Tasty Freeze

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