So, after my great article “The Revolution will now be televised” I decided to do a follow-up and since we’re still in the month of February which is Black History month, why the hell not?
This time however, I’ve enlisted two among my coolest “Badass” cats & colleagues since Talkbacker-Bop and Dee and we’re here to list our picks for the greatest Black characters of Cinema!
Remember, these picks are from our own personal opinions so you fuckers have no choice but to grin and bear it ya Jive Turkeys. Buahuha!
Let’s get this party started with the main Meng, who is an aficionado of obscure actions films and television.
Wesley Snipes as Blade in Blade (protagonist)
Need I say more? I saw this movie in the cinema and the sheer badassness in the opening scene will never ever be trumped. I will never ever see something like that in the cinema again.
Not only that, the movie was very enjoyable and it has been said a lot of times and I will repeat it. Marvel should thank Wesley Snipes on their hands and knees for showing you can make a good comic adaptation and for saving Marvel’s ass. Too bad Marvel let its ass get fucked by the mouse.
Pam Grier as Coffy in Coffy (protagonist)
Lovely Pam Grier. Need I say more? Girl power right there. Should have gotten morerespect than she received.
Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon series (protagonist)
I miss movies like Lethal Weapon. That movie had it all. Part of why the movie was cool was definitely the Roger Murtaugh character. “I am too old for this shit” might even be one of the most famous movies lines ever. Roger Murtaugh was a no-nonsense, level-headed character that kept crazy Martin Riggs in line. Not an easy task.
Fred Williamson as Nick in Vigilante (Supporting character)
This was the first time I ever saw Fred Williamson in a movie. The guy was an asskicking machine taking care of scum roaming the streets. Nothing short of a real life superhero if you ask me. I am even wondering if this guy was the first black badass I saw in a movie, because I saw this movie at a young age.
Steve James as Sgt. Curtis Jackson in American Ninja 1 + 2, (supporting character)
Looking back at Fred Williamson, the other candidate for the first black badass I ever saw in a movie might as well have been Steve James. That guy was cool, badass and very charismatic. I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed the first 2 American Ninja movies as much if Steve James hadn’t been in it.
He added a whole new level of coolness to those movies. It is a shame Steve James never got a supporting role in a Jackie Chan movie and shame on that, Jackie, because Steve James wanted to make a movie with you badly and you didn’t give him a chance.
Richard Roundtree as Shaft in the Shaft franchise (protagonist)
Not the Samuel L Jackson one, hell no. The Richard Roundtree one. It is unbelievable how many times I still use the expression “Don’t jive me, man.” Roundtree brought a certain coolness to Shaft movies that was never duplicated. All those annoying lotion boy, Twilight-like, charisma vacuums of actors of today wish they had
a scintilla of the coolness Richard Roundtree has.
Julius J. Carry III as Sho Nuff in The Last Dragon (antagonist)
If you can’t answer the question: “Who is the master?” you missed out on something cool in your life.
If you call yourself a movie fanatic and don’t know Sho Nuff your movie fanatic card will be revoked. It is a crime of the highest order. Sho Nuff was a badass bad guy with style and he was the Shogun Of Harlem, damnit!
Without Julius J. Carry III, The Last Dragon would have been a boring movie and he totally stole the show. It is a shame he never got another chance to be a great bad guy. In fact, why the fuck was there never a Shogun of Harlem origin movie?
Jim Kelly as Williams in Enter the Dragon (supporting character)
Jim Kelly was the reason I’ve always wanted an afro. Unfortunately my hair was never good enough to have an afro and it is something I will have to accept, damnit.
How cool it would have been… Anyway, Enter the Dragon was a movie that I enjoyed more because of Jim Kelly than Bruce Lee. That is how cool Jim Kelly was in that movie.
And I am sure that if you ask people who saw the movie whom they remember from that movie Jim Kelly will definitely be one of them.
Jim Kelly as Black Belt Jones in Black Belt Jones
I love this movie. It is not the best movie around, but Black Belt Jones was a cool character.
Cool look, charisma and Blaxploitation cinema as good as it gets. At least in my opinion. Jim Kelly needs to be mentioned twice because he is Jim Kelly, the coolest cat in the building.
Next page: Dee’s choices.