The Mack

The Mack

DVD - 2002
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A sharp, smooth-talking hustler newly out of prison joins with his pals to clean up the streets.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: [Los Angeles] : New Line Home Entertainment, 2002.
ISBN: 9780780638648
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Mack
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Apr 17, 2017

Black America p1 of 2:
So you must first of all remember. This system was not originally... designed with Black people in mind, ... And it definitely was not prepared for Black people to, in the end, begin to demand their rights and an equal share in this country which they've died for, ... Hey--and we definitely are not going back to Africa ... We aint going back! For us to exist in this system, we must first of all realize that we have got to form our own Black America, within-- but without-- white America. ... Already we've begun to do this, with this little handshake that we've got, that they keep trying to copy, and we keep improving on. When they go and get their hair fluffed out, we braid ours. We're doing our own thing. We are creating, ... We have, first of all, got to protect our brothers and sisters from themselves, and from those within the community that would rip them off. We have got to do this.

Apr 17, 2017

Black America p2 of 2:
We have got to stop sacrificing our sisters to the streets and our brothers to the drugs-- ... We have got to turn that around and take from them. I believe in taking, go to school and get that knowledge-- but get it with that Black awareness always here. What I'm saying to you... is that you've got to carry this "Right On," and "Power to the People" and "Black is Beautiful" and "Black is Now" out into your homes. Talk to your little brothers and sisters. Talk to your mothers and fathers. Talk to the people that you can relate to and begin to lift this whole thing up on a total basis. We've got to side up to that sister, because that sister on... the street corner is someone's sister. That little brother that thinks it's nice to be high, we've got to show him another alternative. We've got to take care of our present... We've got to take care of our future, ... This is how we begin... to create a Black America within... but without white America,

Apr 17, 2017

You remember how we used to run all the way home from school for lunch and there was no food there?
I remember. I remember every bit of that, man. You know... I even remember my mama's face when she used to yell out the window for me to come in. My mama was so pretty. But... I never went in, I don't know... I guess there was nothing to go in for, you know?
Man, all bxtches are the same, just like my ho's, you know? I keep 'em, broke. If they wake up one morning with some money, they're subject to go crazy. I keep 'em looking good, pretty and all that, but no dough,.
Mama, look-- I'm gonna make a lot of money. I'm gonna buy you nice things and get you out of here. I'm gonna buy the things I promised you.
-Son, please, come to church with me and pray with me.
-Mama. I'm tired of praying in church. I spent five years in prison. I gotta go out and fight that man
the only way I know.

Apr 17, 2017

Listen, I may be a grease-ball now. I may still be a grease-ball tomorrow. But tomorrow, you'll still be Black!
You ever seen a nigger with a bxtch from Ha--wa--ii?
It's going to be a monster. We gonna get down,
Ever since I was 13, my biggest problem has been to find the right road to get to that... rainbow that everybody talks about. Most people get close enough to count the stripes, but they dont have enough guts... to reach out and take that pot of gold.
-And what are you going to do?
I'm gonna walk off with the whole pot.
I cant get it in my head how a bxtch can walk the street every night-- even in the rain-- and take a chance... on getting robbed or sent to jail, or even getting her arm broke by some sadistic fool
out the suburbs, right?

Apr 16, 2017

You can be a lawyer. You can be a doctor. You can be anything but I don't ever want to hear
you want to be like me,, okay?
This family is like a large corporation filled with qualified stockholders, or if you prefer, "gifted actresses." But I'd rather call you "Professional Ladies of Leisure," each playing a major role in this large production company, for the whole world is our stage. In this organization there is a president, a director, and a teacher. All of these offices are held by me,
You know something? My wind was better before I quit smoking,
There goes the best pusher we got, out of commission. When they get through with him, he'll come back as a monk. Incredible. Incredible, Can you imagine that self-righteous son of a bxtch trying to make this neighborhood safe for people to walk around in? And you mark my words, he keeps doing that, we're gonna be broke. You hear me? We're gonna be broke and on our asses,

Apr 16, 2017

You're making me make a decision I don't want to make. John, you're my brother, man. Can't you understand that?
-Look--being brothers ain't got nothing to do with it. I got a right to live my life the way I want to live it. Being rich and Black means something, don't you know that? Being poor and Black don't mean shxt!
-We're living in different times. When you and I were young kids, there were no heroes. We got all sorts of heroes now.
There are kids out there who look up to me.
-Man, can't you see that's just teaching Black kids to exploit their own kind? And that's sick.
It's not sick! It's sick when you got a chance to get out of a rat-infested ghetto and you don't.
Me? Threaten you, Goldie? No, I'm making a suggestion, that's all.
You sit in that nice restaurant feed your face and sit with that nice white pretty lady. My buddy and I are out here freezing our asses off to protect people like you, and that's really something,

Apr 16, 2017

You know, he's a white knight-- no, he's a Black knight-- on a white horse,
There's a- there's an animal in the jungle who has-- four small legs-- skinny, skinny-- and he has a long skinny neck. What the hell do you call it, anyway? Oh--it's a giraffe, Yeah, Yeah, it's a giraffe.
Now, a giraffe is skinny, you see? And that sucker can sneak up on you. You never trust anybody
with skinny legs or a skinny ass. You just don't do it. You know what you can trust? You can trust an elephant. You know why? 'Cause an elephant has big legs, and they cant sneak up on you like a giraffe can. And that's why I like elephants.

Apr 16, 2017

The sermon p1 of 3:
As he's going down the road,
he looked back at his old hometown,
He didn't know where he was going
he didn't know what he was doing
but he was going to a world of trouble,
A world of misunderstanding
a world of doubt,
A world of whores,
a world of hypocrites!
A world of gamblers,
a world of dope smokers!
A world of prostitutes!
He was going into a mean world,
but he didn't know
where he was going,
You understand me?
He didn't know where he was going,
He was going to a world
that was gonna destroy him,
but he didn't know where he was going,
You know, so many of us today
are doing things to ourselves,
because we don't know what we're doing!
You understand me?

Apr 16, 2017

The sermon p2 of 3:
If we just stop and think about ourselves sometimes,
everything would be all right, You understand me?
We're gonna jump off the Bay Bridge...
worried about this man,
worried about that man,
because we don't know who we are,
we don't know where we're going
and we don't know what we was here for!
You understand me?
Good God Almighty, Look at this boy
with his big money,
He's on the crap table now, shooting his dice,
He aint got sense enough to know
his money aint gonna last
doing these wrong things,
doing these worldly things--
gambling and drinking--
it's a end to these things,
One of these days,
one of these hours,
it's gonna run out,

Apr 16, 2017

The sermon p3 of 3:

But one of these days,
you're gonna have to make up
your mind to change your ways,
I can see this young man--
oh, good God,
I can see this young man
as he made up in his mind
to start back home,
He money ran out, his friends
walked off and left him,
His buddies walked off and left him,
his girlfriends quit him,
He lost all he had,
He had dirt all on his clothes,
his hair got bad, He said, "Look at me,
just look at me,
Here I am, a young man,
had a good home,
had a good father
and had a good mother,
but here I am--
turned the rags to riches
out here in the mean world,
I don't know where I'm going
or where I'm coming,
I believe I'll go back home,"
When they got you crying...
We got to go home!

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Apr 16, 2017

Another DVD on black stereotypes (Blaxploitation) in the 1970’s as Coffy 1973, Foxy Brown 1974, Shaft 1971/72/73, Truck Turner 1974, and more recent ones like Action Jackson 1988, Gridlock’d 1997, Straight Outta Compton 2015 and Chi-Raq 2015. Skip this if you did not like the fore listed films. A colorful urban fantasy action tale about a black man who made his way to become the top “mack” and to make his mama proud. All the while, he had to sidestep his brother's push for black nationalism, the emerging cocaine trade (DEA was established in 1973 by Nixon) and a pair of corrupted cops. Great costumes, music and script writing. Filmed in Oakland at the end of “Make Love, Not War” but during the peak of the Black Panthers counterculture movement. Passable digital transfer job to DVD.

Jul 30, 2014

As they say, it's hard out there for a pimp. Although, really, it's much harder for the women who sell their bodies for money. More than perhaps any blaxploitation movie (a term, btw, coined by the head of the NAACP), of the 70s, this enshrined the pimp as hero and set fashion styles for a whole generation of rappers. If you are somewhat wary of the positive dimensions of the word "pimp," then this film's legacy is a complex, possibly troubling one. As far as I know, this is the first film to features a "player's ball," which Dave Chapelle parodied and frequent use of the word "motherf***er." If you ignore the sexual politics, it's a fun slice of 70s entertainment, with a groovy score, cool threads, and good performances. Richard Pryor, who also worked on the script, has one of his rare non-comic roles and is good, although the behind the scenes doc makes it clear that he was not easy to work with. For further blaxploitation studies, check out "Foxy Brown," "Coffy," "Black Caesar," "Blacula," "Superfly," and, of course, "Shaft."

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