Baad Bitches and Sassy Supermamas by Stephane Dunn
(The New Black Studies Series)

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This lively study unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early 1970s black action films, with particular focus on black femininity. While low-budget blaxploitation films typically portrayed black women as trifling "bitches" compared to the supermacho black male heroes, the terms "baad bitches" and "sassy supermamas" signal the emergence of films featuring self-assured, empowered, and tough (or "baad") black female protagonists: Cleopatra Jones, Coffy, and Foxy Brown. Stephane Dunn closely examines a distinct moment in the history of African American representation in popular cinema, tracing its influences from the Black Power movement and feminism.
 

About Stephane Dunn

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Stephane Dunn is a visiting assistant professor of English at Morehouse College.
 
Published July 18, 2008 by University of Illinois Press. 194 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography.

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