Black Hollywood

Cathy Tyson presents a three-part series looking at the history of black American cinema and how it reflects the changing nature of American society.


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Sydney Poitier, Ossie Davis, Harry Belafonte and Melvin Van Peebles on the battle against racism and Senator Joe McCarthy, and how the civil rights movement changed Hollywood.


This second programme examines the impact of two films that revolutionised black American cinema in 1971 - `Shaft' and `Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' - the films that heralded the era of the blaxploitation movie.

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An exploration of Spike Lee's impact and the film-makers who followed him.