[ blak-sploi-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌblæk splɔɪˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun (often lowercase)
a subgenre of American cinema in the 1970s featuring Black protagonists in exploitation films intended to appeal to African American audiences.
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Origin of Blaxploitation
Blend of Blax (respelling of Blacks) + exploitation; coined by Dr. Junius Griffin (1929–2005) of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP in 1972 in response to the movie Super Fly (1972)
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How to use Blaxploitation in a sentence
Blaxploitation serves another, non-nostalgic purpose as well.
They meet in a class on Quentin Tarantino and spend the summer binge-watching blaxploitation movies.
The book draws its title from a blaxploitation movie much beloved by the antagonists.
British Dictionary definitions for Blaxploitation
/ (ˌblæksplɔɪˈteɪʃən) /
a genre of films featuring Black stereotypes
Word Origin for blaxploitation
C20: from bla (ck) + (e) xploitation
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