Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song
was released in 1971. By 1975, filmmakers were already making spoofs like Darktown Strutters
. While artists like Van Peebles and Curtis Mayfield (whose soundtrack for Superfly
easily outshines the film itself) were serious in their aims, most of the Hollywood output was more about outrageous street fashion, funk, and jive talk than anything truly subversive. That makes the films ripe for parody, and with a new entry coming out every couple of years, blaxploitation parody has seemingly become its own genre.
Scott Sanders’ Black Dynamite
works surprisingly well, primarily because it m...