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Blaxploitation Era Icons: Where Are They Now?

First Posted: 07/28/11 05:39 PM ET   Updated: 10/03/11 06:12 AM ET

The 1970s represented the dawning of a new era for African Americans, specifically in Hollywood as a deluge of movies centering on empowerment, pride and vengeance hit the mainstream.

Showing a glimpse of inner-city realism and over-the-top glamour, films starring Fred Williamson, Pam Grier and Richard Roundtree became box-office sensations. But whatever happened to the stars of the films now known as blaxploitation flicks?

Antonio Fargas
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This New York native made a string of blaxploitation films in the early 1970s, including the classic 'Shaft' (1971), 'Across 110th Street' (1972) and 'Foxy Brown' (1974). Vargas would then gain more recognition for his role as Huggy Bear on TV's 'Starsky and Hutch.' Fargas continues to act today and has appeared on TV's 'Everyone Hates Chris' for the last few seasons.
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