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I WAS THERE & I SAW THE WHOLE THANG - PART SEVEN
Anpu Ankhamen from Saint Louis, Missouri

Part VII: THE CONCLUSION

"Boy, short visits make long friends", the ELDERS said time & time again when I was a little thug growing up on the streets of Saint Louis, Missouri.

With that said it appears to me that this is a good time to wrap up my trip down memory lane, although I have much more to say, but I will spare you the details so as not to bore such a kind audience.

In closing, the subject of the Blaxploitation Movie Explosion of the 1970s in the United States of America is a very complex & complicated subject that I am sure sociologists will debate about for decades to come ... hopefully.

I do the subject no justice since I only have an Associates in Arts Degree in Mass Communications from Saint Louis Community College at Forest Park, a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from THE HOWARD UNIVERSITY, & a Master of Business Administration Degree in Business Management from the University of the District of Columbia. I am not a PH.D nor an expert, simply, a concerned citizen who loves movies.

Anyway, I digress, from my memory we who where there & saw the whole evolvement of the heretoforesaid movement never new it was so dynamic because it was similar to being in the eye of the hurricane, where everything is quiet & smooth. It is only the latter generations who are making a big deal out of our normalcy. I think this is good because by studying the blaxploitation movement one is getting a snapshot of a period in American social history. These movies, good bad or indifferent, demonstrated what was happening at that time. It is history & its ramifications are still to be actualized.

That I why I employ the youngsters to enjoy their youth to the fullest because opportunity only knocks once & it will not last forever ... even these times ... although as you walk your paths it seems this way. A lesson learned the hardway.

One last thing I would like to bring to your attention is that the blaxploitation movement seems to quietly be slipping into another phase: The New Jacks as leading men are quietly being replaced by the urbane, city-slick, black sidekick such as in 'Armageddon{?)', 'Lethal Weapon', 'Predator', etc.

NEXT WEEK: PART II: THE CONCLUSION (smile)

© Copyright 1999
Anpu Ankhamen from Saint Louis, Missouri


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