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TV Club: Luke Cage worships the black body in its strength, power, and vulnerability

The word “Blaxploitation” has become a dirty word when it comes to TV and film—a genre ripe for parody, not worth a second look. When the films first emerged in the ’70s, they were a quick cash grab by white studios but became an outlet of authentic expression for black filmmakers and performers. Blaxploitation films centered on the problems facing black communities and a fascination with the black body: Reluctant anti-heroes, drugs moving in on the inner city, Pam Grier’s curves as she pulls a pistol out her afro, a distrust of authority and the people who seek its mantle.
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