"Baad Bitches" and Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action by Stephane Dunn

By Stephane Dunn

This vigorous examine unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized our bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early Nineteen Seventies black motion motion pictures, with specific concentrate on the illustration of black femininity. Stephane Dunn explores the common, sexualized, subordinate positioning of ladies in low cost blaxploitation motion narratives in addition to extra heavily radical motion pictures like Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and The Spook Who Sat through the Door, within which black ladies tend to be portrayed as trifling "bitches" in comparison to the supermacho black male heroes. The phrases "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" sign the reversal of this positioning with the emergence of supermama heroines within the few black motion motion pictures within the early Nineteen Seventies that featured confident, empowered, and difficult (or "baad") black girls as protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown.

Dunn bargains shut exam of a different second within the historical past of African American illustration in renowned cinema, tracing its emergence out of a thorough political period, inspired in particular through the Black strength move and feminism. "Baad Bitches" and Sassy Supermamas additionally engages blaxploitation's influence and lingering air of mystery in modern hip-hop tradition as advised by means of its hectic gender politics and the "baad whinge daughters" of cunning Brown and Cleopatra Jones, rappers Lil' Kim and cunning Brown.  

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