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Between 1970 and 1980 there was a cultural film explosion there were over 200 films released by major and independent studios that hyped major black characters and themes Prior to the Blaxploitation era black actors had been relinquished to playing small parts that usually presented stereotyped images of the black race with roles such as waitresses or shoeshine boys This however all changed when in 1971 when the first successful black film Sweetbacks Baadasss Song showed a black man coming out on top over the white establishment The term blaxploitation both helped and destroyed the genre While many blaxploitation films were box office successes they also fueled the publics perception of blacks as cold-hearted heroes gangsters drug dealers pimps and thugs Black actors were being exploited by playing these roles Washington 2000 Whos the black private dick thats a sex machine to all the chicks Shaft Youre damn right who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother man Shaft Can ya dig it You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother-- Shut your mouth But Im talkin about Shaft Then we can dig it Hes a complicated man but no one understands him but his woman John Shaft Hayes 2000 Shaft was originally released in 1971 and became a significant hit proving instrumental in opening the doors for other films such as Superfly and The Mack Gleiberman 2000 Shaft is famous for many things - the boom in blaxploitation films the invention of badass black attitude and the ultimate rhythm and blues score Briggs 2003 With the original Shaft being such a success in the year 2000 John Singleton directed the updated version of the movie which he co wrote with Shane Slaerno and Richard Price Shaft directed by Singleton is not a remake of the original movie but is in fact an update on the original movie In a review for Entertainment Weekly Samuel L Jackson
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