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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Film lovers know that the blaxploitation genre played an integral role in Hollywood history. In a world where the majority of the business was white, these films not only starred African-Americans in lead and supporting roles, but it featured a crap ton of sex and violence to help sell the whole thing.

In Netflix’s new film, Dolemite is My Name, it chronicles the creation of the character and film Dolemite. Taking on the role of Rudy Ray Moore is Eddie Murphy, and joining him is a whole cast of fantastic supporting actors.

Take a look at the trailer and poster below!

 

Below is the official synopsis for Dolemite is My Name:

“Stung by a string of showbiz failures, floundering comedian Rudy Ray Moore (Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy) has an epiphany that turns him into a word-of-mouth sensation: step onstage as someone else. Borrowing from the street mythology of 1970s Los Angeles, Moore assumes the persona of Dolemite, a pimp with a cane and an arsenal of obscene fables. However, his ambitions exceed selling bootleg records deemed too racy for mainstream radio stations to play. Moore convinces a social justice-minded dramatist (Keegan-Michael Key) to write his alter ego a film, incorporating kung fu, car chases, and Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), an ex-backup singer who becomes his unexpected comedic foil. Despite clashing with his pretentious director, D’Urville Martin (Wesley Snipes), and countless production hurdles at their studio in the dilapidated Dunbar Hotel, Moore’s Dolemite becomes a runaway box office smash and a defining movie of the Blaxploitation era.”

What do you think of the new film, and doe you think Eddie Murphy embodies the role well? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Netflix

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.