The whole thang part three
Blax Chart Hits
I WAS THERE & I SAW THE WHOLE
THANG - PART THREE
Ankhamen from Saint Louis, Missouri
This is the third installment of a series of weekly personal observations
of the 1970s' Blaxploitation Movie Explosion subtitled, IF YA SLOW, YA
Today's edition is strangely subtitled in an attempt to maintain the spirit
of subliminal censorship via circumlocution or signifying as I perceived
it at the time. First of all, although the White Power structure & bourgeoise,
Uncle Tom, Oreo organizations were not particularly fond of the black
action movie genre, which depicted Afro-American heroes killing white
people & riding off into the sunset sitting tall in the saddle, there
were a handful of blaxploitation movies
with themes that were of particular nuisance; that I believe were subliminally
censored through limited advertisement on 'trailers' & through limited
Because THE FOX THEATER was the premiere & most opulent moviehouse in
Saint Louis during this era, we saw all the heretoforementioned movies
first ... if at all ... but the screenings were extremely limited. Off
the top, three movies come to mind whose themes were too powerfully explosives
& emotional for the Powers-To-Be & their Uncle Tom lackeys to allow the
masses to view because, I think, they incited intense, anti-establishment
They also made niggas scratch their heads & go,"HHHHHHHHmmmmmmmmm?!?!"
Did you see 'The Spook Who Sat By the Door'? How about 'Mandingo'? Well
... what about the original Malcom X ( which was released probably before
Spike Lee was a thought)? No??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Well ... do not feel too bad because it was not entirely your fault because
even if you had the money or were an avid movie buff ....... IF YA WERE
SLOW ... YA BLOWED ... your opportunity to see these movies. Thus the
naming of this small dissertation. These movies played in the entire city
of Saint Louis (if my memory serves me correctly) only for one week each.
By contrast, SHAFT ran for approximately
two months straight plus an extra month long encore presentation later
the same year; SUPERFLY ran for a month solid, left, returned again for
a repeat one month engagement. THE MACK & ACROSS 110th STREET each ran
for about three weeks solid. Then there were other "light" blaxploitation
movies such as 'Black Caesar', 'Hell Up In Harlem',
Jones', & 'Foxy Brown' which ran for an average three weeks. Three
weeks seemed the norm.
However, let us zoom in on 'THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR' because, to
me, it was the epitome of subliminal censorship. Of course, all the white
critics unanimously gave it bad, horrible, terrible reviews even though
all the fortunate Afro-Americans movie goers casting their dollar-votes
walked away saying, " Damn. Now that is something you don't see everyday".
Or something like that. 'THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR' was a story about
a black CIA agent who played an Uncle Tom inside 'The Company' & eavesdropped
on the 'KING ALFRED PLAN', which was the Unites States government's counter-insurgency
plan calling for the massacre & interment in concentration camps of all
'niggers' living within the borders of the United States of America. What
made this movie frightening was by all 'Underground' politcal accounts
of the time - the KING ALFRED PLAN was REAL. hhhhhhmmmmmmm.
Anyway, after discovering by accident, this frightening plan the Spook
ran & told niggas everywhere. He also got all the large street gangs around
the country especially in Chicago, Illinois such as the Blackstone Rangers
& the Vicelords (my alma mater) to stop their petty turf battles, look
at the big picture, unite, organize, & rebell against the 'Establishment'.
One big problem with THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR is that what the movie
suggested was within the realm of feasibility especially with all the
disenfranchised, nigger Vietnam Veterans returning to the United States
who discovered that after having shed their blood for Uncle Sam overseas
that he was not allowed to share in life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness
Read on: 'Blaxploitation??? Says Who???'
Ankhamen from Saint Louis, Missouri
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