TV Club: Black Dynamite: “The Wizard Of Watts”

Kevin Johnson: So is Black Dynamite the new The Boondocks?

This is an interesting question, but arguably the wrong one. The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder’s comic strip-turned-TV-show, was a contemporary observation into modern racial disparities, an aggressive, biting satire of black culture and politics of today within the broader white hegemony. Black Dynamite, on the other hand, is primarily based on the parody blaxsploitation film of the same name. The movie is a hilarious, pitch-perfect breakdown of similar films of the 1970s, but the show obviously couldn’t rehash that kind of material. So creators Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, and Scott Sanders focused on the burgeoning and historic black identity that emerged within that era, the kind of identity that gave rise to blaxsploitation films in the first place–primarily filtered through Black Dynamite himself.

That pretty much prevents Black Dynamite from engaging in the kinds of topics which The …

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