Clarence Spigner is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina where he was raised in poverty and segregation. He is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health & Community Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. He has joint appointment in the International Health Program, the African Studies Program, and in the American Ethnic Studies Department. Spigner teaches and conducts research in the areas of health and race/ethnic relations and popular culture. He has published on tobacco-related behaviors among Asian youths and on knowledge and perceptions about organ donation among minority populations.
In the article below University of Washington School of Public Health Professor Clarence Spigner challenges us to take a more nuanced look at the often-dismissed 1970s genre of so-called Blaxploitation films. During the 1970s, critics of Hollywood cinema gave birth to “Blaxploitation,” a conflation of … Read MoreBlaxploitation Reexamined: One Critic’s Reinterpretation