Definition of blaxploitation in English:



  • [mass noun] The exploitation of black people, especially with regard to stereotyped roles in films.

    [as modifier] ‘a blaxploitation movie’
    • ‘In 1994, director Quentin Tarantino paid homage to blaxploitation films with the wildly successful Pulp Fiction.’
    • ‘Universal was not very active in the blaxploitation genre, especially in comparison to Warner Brothers, MGM, and the B-film studios that cranked them out like they were going out of style - which in fact, they were.’
    • ‘Isaac Hayes gets to follow up his blaxploitation stardom with the meaty role of The Duke.’
    • ‘Putting value judgments aside for a moment, generally blaxploitation employs stereotypes regarding black people, exploiting these stereotypes for entertainment purposes.’
    • ‘He also commented on the depressing state of affairs concerning preservation of blaxploitation pics, with something like 200 of the 270+ films he cataloged from the era being unavailable (at least without some serious digging).’


1970s: blend of blacks (see black) and exploitation.