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I SEE U, Episode 43: Black Films, White Profits

I SEE U celebrates 50 years of one of the most influential and controversial films of its time

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Blacks have historically been portrayed in films as pimps, hustlers, prostitutes, maids, gang-bangers, drug addicts, alcoholics, junkies and crime-ridden thieves. Though filmmakers would describe these roles as simply reflecting life's realities in technicolor. But were these depictions, subconsciously, impacting the essence of Black creativity, culture and identity for decades to come? Join I SEE U host Eddie Robinson for a provocative and very candid conversation with one of the only living cast members of the 1972 hit film, SUPER FLYSheila Frazier. The actress and former model speaks unguarded about how a White-male dominated film industry earned so much money at the expense of those character portrayals.

 

This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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