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‘Shaft’ on Independence Day: The Film That Changed History on July 4th Weekend 1971

This weekend marks the 49th anniversary of the release of “Shaft.” Released in 1971, it grossed about $90 million in adjusted prices — a huge success, more than 25 times its cost. More importantly, it forced studios to acknowledge the Black audience segment that was long taken for granted.By 1969, Hollywood studio filmmaking was 105 […]

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