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This movie during its period dealt with the issues of gender within the African-American community as well as racism and socialism. I wonder if "Barbershop" got their idea from this movie!
Though I'm sure some African Americans out of touch will not get this movie, but it is interesting to note that the only person who rated it low on here was icebergslims, who I know to be white, though many of his reviews show an interest in Africana studies. Many of his reviews are spot on and insightful, though his distance from the experience is evident and an obstacle to depthful comprehension.
However, because the black experience is experienced and not read about or watched on TV or even from black friends, there is an ineffable reality of the black existence in america that has aspects of it that are esoteric to the black community. Such esoteric experiences are common in any marginalized group. It crosses over to gender or sexuality,etc. For example, no matter how much I respect women there are many things about there existence I wont get, simply because I am not one. Likewise, some nonblack people will be unable to get the lure of Five on the Black Hand Side. Sure they know there is a meaningful message but it does not overide the "corny" aspect of the film. Corny because it's not full of the typical dolemite, of which Icebergslims admits to be a great fan of, or richard pryor bambozzled humor?Read more ›
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I love, love, love this movie. It's entertaining and encouraging.Published 4 months ago by Muybonita
Powerful and genuine at a time when it was needed! and will always be needed in all communities!! Old school for sure!Published on April 19, 2014 by Kenneth Shaw
Loved it. I love most old school movies, but I really enjoyed this one. It was funny, interesting, full of pride, & a few lessons as well. Check it out for yourself.Published on October 19, 2013 by Shawn D.
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