Ian Friday, Founder of the Tea Party Inc., Associate Director/Performance Curator of the Colored Girls Museum and CEO of Global Soul Music teams up with super popular Brooklyn eatery Lakou Cafe to curate a series of “blaxploitation” films for the Cafe’s Wednesday movie night. Each movie was selected for its cultural and cinematic significance to commemorate Black History Month. Join us to enjoy the cafe’s signature treats and eats while viewing some funky cinema and fantastic soul music soundtracks.Blaxploitation MoviesThe films are among the first in which black characters and communities are the heroes and subjects of film and television, rather than sidekicks or villains or victims of brutality.The genre's inception coincides with the rethinking of race relations in the 1970s.Shaft - Feb 6thShaft is a gritty crime thriller that launched the "blaxploitation" movement and opened doors for other dynamic African-American screen heroes of the 1970's. The overall success of SHAFT in 1971 was a milestone in African-American cinema.Super Fly Feb 13thSuper Fly is a 1972 American blaxploitation crime drama film directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. and starring Ron O'Neal as Youngblood Priest, an African American pimp and cocaine dealer who is trying to quit the underworld drug business. The film is well known for its soundtrack, written and produced by soul musician Curtis Mayfield. It was released on August 4, 1972.Coffy - Feb 20thCoffy is a 1973 American blaxploitation film written and directed by American filmmakerJack Hill. The story is about a black female vigilante played by Pam Grier.Coffy is notable in its depiction of a strong black female lead (a professional nurse), something rare in the genre at the time, and also in its then-unfashionable anti-drug message.Cornbread Earl & Me - Feb 27th Cornbread, Earl and Me is a 1975 American drama film that stars Tierre Turner, Laurence Fishburne and Jamaal Wilkes and directed and co-produced by Joseph Manduke, the film is loosely based on the 1966 Ronald Fair novel Hog Butcher.Seating starts at 6:30pm. Movie starts at 7:00pm.Free.
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