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The 1970s was one of the most prolific times for Black movies. There were an enormous number of African-American films made during this period. Many of the Black movies made during the 70s have become known as Blaxploitation films.

Before 1970 blacks were portrayed in film as train porters, waitresses and shoe-shine boys. That changed in 1971 with Melvin Van Peebles’ groundbreaking film, Sweetback’s Baadassss Song. Sweetback  was the first “commercially successful” black-theme film that showed a black man coming out on top over the white establishment.

While many black exploitation  films were box office successes, they also fueled the public’s perception of blacks as cold-hearted heroes, gangsters, drug dealers, pimps and thugs. Black actors were being exploited by playing these roles.

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    Patricia Toles-Peterson

    Finally a website I can relate to. I write historical, and urban fiction to uplift my readers, and to bring positive role models into their daily lives. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get them to realize the richness of our culture if they don’t pick up a book, and read it. We have become a complacent race of people, who complain, but go along with the flow. My father once told me; (You can get used to hanging if you hang long enough.) My first book Swamp Panther, was published in 2005. I researched Native American wars and culture, and North American slave trade for 10 years to write an 80 page novella. My most recent publication is urban fiction; “Be Careful What You Wish For”, published in Oct. 2013 .
    Patricia Toles-Peterson

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