Well, some of you younger members may not know. Blaxploitation movies meant “Black Exploitation”. Anyway, these movies starting poping lup in the early 70s (I think 70 or 71). They were the black communities response to the civil rights movement that had just ended in the 60s. The movies generally had a pretty common formula in which you have a damn near invicible black street smart protagonist versus some racist greedy white people. The thing that makes these movies so classic is that a ton of plot elements are over the top are flat out forced. Blaxploitation movies are notorious for either bad acting or bad scripts. Sometimes you could actually get a decent blaxploitation movies, but many were just over the top social commentary. Still the movies are fun, despite being really cheesy (especially by today standards) they are all pretty bad ass. Of course not every movie back then was socially concious.
Also Blaxploitation movies also launched the career of many many black actors. Almost any black actor from the 70s started in Blaxploitation movies like Redd Fox, Richard Pryor, even Bill Cosby. This is because in Hollywood at the time, many studios didn’t really have black people in roles beyond servants or help (with very few exceptions). So tons of young black film directors made a lot of independent films. Quality varies tons, movies like Black Fist have low budgets, but there were some big budget ones like Across 110th Street and Shaft. Its been said that this genre saved Hollywood because a lot of whites and other races ALSO liked this genre and supported it.