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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song movie poster Employee(s) of Cinemation Industries, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," released in 1971, was among the earliest films in 1970s Hollywood's blaxploitation era, which fueled negative depictions of Black people. Blaxploitation films also influenced Black popular culture in ways that are still evident today.