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Hosted by Victor Allen

May 13, 2019

 

 

BEST BLACK ACTION HEROES

of All Time

Part II

 

 

 

CRESS WILLIAMS

(Television)

BLACK LIGHTNING

In familiar comic book fashion, the first season of Black Lightning is set up as the battle for the heart of a city, and  the use of a predominantly African-American urban space for commentary on gentrification, community organizing and tense relationships between law enforcement and civilians. The series is driven by some solid action scenes, a bass-pumping soundtrack, stylish treatment of Black Lightning’s sizzling powers and character pragmatism. Will the made for television show move Cress Williams into major film action hero projects. TBD

 

 

 

DANNY GLOVER

“LETHAL WEAPON, PREDATOR II

Danny Glover Roger Murtaugh in the “Lethal Weapon” series. The straight man to the loose cannon wild card Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), Glover  shines as a bonafide action hero specifically in the Predator saga.

 

 

 

MICHAEL JAI WHITE

SPAWN & BLACK DYNAMITE

 

Michael Jai White may be one of the most underrated action heroes. Most of his work and background involved action films. He got his first action hero starring role in 1997’s Spawn and eventually the role he would be known for, 2009’s Black Dynamite. A spoof of the 1970’s Blaxploitation era. 

 

 

 

HALLE BERRY

CATWOMAN

By no means did Catwoman receive positive reviews from the obvious sexualization of the role moreover than a script to compliment Berry’s acting talents. The film received a very tempered response from Halle in her own words. “First of all, I want to thank Warner Brothers. Thank you for putting me in a piece of shit, god-awful movie… It was just what my career needed.” Looking back the film may have missed the mark, but launched several carefully written female superheroes with greater success. Thank you WB.

 

 

 

RICHARD ROUNDTREE

SHAFT

As Shaft, Richard Roundtree was the archtype for the lethal ladies’ man of the so-called Blaxploitation era. Richard was set apart from others and was the epitome of cool as the “black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the ladies. In some ways, Shaft was the black James Bond in Da Hood.

 

 

 

JOHN BOYEGA

STAR WARS & PACIFIC RIM

John Boyega represents the future of black action heroes on screen. The British native has been put on the map with his role as Finn in the Star Wars trilogy as well as his role in Pacific Rim.

 

 

 

WOODY STRODE

(1914-1994)

SPARTACUS

Woody Strode broke free of black subservient roles with little impact with his supporting role in the iconic film, Spartacus. The 1960 role depicted a black slave who not only stood up for himself, but also sparked a rebellion to come. That role earned him not only a Golden Globe nomination, but also consistent work in a number of western and action roles. 

 

 

 

JIM KELLY

(1946-2013)

ENTER THE DRAGON

Jim Kelly parlayed actual skill in martial arts into a solid film career in action movies in the 1970’s, from Blaxploitation films like “Black Belt Jones” and Black Samurai to a starring role alongside Bruce Lee in the classic kung-fu action spectacle “Enter The Dragon”. 

 

 

 

VIN DIESEL

RIDDICK

Vin Diesel has self-identified as “definitely a person of color”, and has stated that his parents’ relationship would have been illegal in parts of the United States due to anti-miscegenation laws. Probably more known for his successful series of Fast and Furious films with upcoming Fast and Furious 9 & 10. It really all began and will continue with Pitch Black’s Riddick and recently to just Riddick. Well the saga continues with the upcoming Furia featuring Riddick.

 

 

 

 

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May 6, 2019

 

 

BEST BLACK ACTION HEROES

of

All Time

 

 

 

FRED WILLIAMSOM

“HAMMER”

 

Throughout the 70’s and 80’s, Williamson was the black action hero particularly in a time when many were not able to achieve his longevity.

 

 

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON

“SCORPION KING, FAST & FURIOUS, JUMANJI”

 

The Rock is the heir apparent to the action heroes of the 80’s and 90’s

 

 

 

 

WILL SMITH

“INDEPENDENCE DAY, MEN IN BLACK, HANCOCK”

Will Smith was the highest paid actor on earth with a series of action films. Which film is he best branded as an action hero?

 

 

 

 

DENZEL WASHINGTON

“THE EQUALIZER”

 

As one of the best actors on stage, Washington’s cache of films including Ricochet, Man on Fire, Training Day are all time favorites. Will The Equalizer become Denzel’s best film series?

 

 

 

 

WESLEY SNIPES

“BLADE”

 

Wesley Snipes Blade Series was the most entertaining film series of the 90’s and 2000.

 

 

 

 

SAMUEL L. JACKSON

AVENGERS – PULP FICTION

Samuel L. Jackson commands the screen with more than 180 credits to his film cache. From the iconic Pulp Fiction to the Avengers Nick Fury, Jackson continues to leave his mark in film history.

 

 

 

 

PAM GRIER

“FOXY BROWN & COFFY”

 

While the Blaxploitation era of the 70’s was in full effect, Pam Grier played roles of women pushed too far from Foxy Brown, Coffy to Jackie Brown.

 

 

 

 

JIM BROWN

“SLAUGHTER”

 

Before Jim Brown’s shocking rise to films such as Slaughter, The Dirty Dozen, 100 Rifles and Three the Hard Way, the shocking news of retirement from the NFL paved the way for his success in Blaxploitation and mainstream films.

 

 

 

 

JAMIE FOXX

“DJANGO UNCHAINED”

 

Can you imagine being a comedian and your career path takes you to successful films like Collateral, Ray, Any Given Sunday and the western film Django Unchained as the savior and hero. The academy award winning actor continues to shine.

 

 

 

 

LAURENCE FISHBURNE

‘THE MATRIX SERIES”

Morpheus

 

Despite a career spanning over three decades with such films as Deep Cover, Apocalypse Now, Boyz n the Hood and many more. Fishburne will always be remembered moreover by the character of The Matrix series, “Morpheus”. 

 

 

 

 

 

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

“BLACK PANTHER – T’CHALLA”

 

Black Panther the film set new standards for African American film success primarily breaking down barriers for Superhero Action films financial investments with a touch of urban African cliche. Chadwick Boseman is a game changer and will we remember his character name, T’Challa as a possible superhero spinoff?

 

 

 

 

 

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