Blaxploitation, Exploitation, Provocative, Culture, Underground, Cult; Paperback Book – Ex Used condition
James’s own baadasssss ‘tude hasn’t backpedaled a bit since he gave the world a hotfoot in his first novel, Negrophobia, four years ago. Now, in step with the pop African American icons of the ’70s he celebrates in this crass but wickedly funny survey/memoir, the author struts and jives his way through an energetic hodgepodge of interviews, reminiscences and original fiction. The offerings here range from the essay “The Blackman’s Guide to White Women with the Amazing Power of Voodoo” through a high-toned interview with blaxploitation goddess Pam Grier to James’s musings on the influence on his life of books by Iceberg Slim, author of Pimp. The numerous sidebars alone, which offer capsule reviews and/or plot summaries of scores of blaxploitation films from Shaft to Cleopatra Jones and The Black Gestapo, make this a classic of psychotronic scholarship. James’s ‘tude grates at times?for example, his insistence on calling whites “whytes”?but his apparent aim is to provoke more than denigrate, and he incorporates the work of several white artists, most prominently that of cartoonist Ralph Bakshi, into his raucous mix. Given its subject, this eclectic, iconoclastic, profusely illustrated work is just as it should be: a savvy, smirking toss of a black gauntlet at white middle-class values and culture.