Louis Gossett Jr. on Blaxploitation Films and Black Actors

 “. . . The responsibility for film imagery must be extended to the producers who come up with these scripts. The blame can’t be placed on black actors because they have to work – any place and any time they can. They have rent to pay just like everybody else.”

                                      – Louis Gossett Jr., NY Amsterdam News, 1974

Overcoming Obstacles and Controlling Your Interests

“When you hit a roadblock in this business, you can give up, but I learned a lot and made relationships through those attempts. I decided, if I was willing to invest my money to gamble on a project I didn’t own, why not spend that money on something I could control?”

                                      — Bryan Barber, Director of “Idlewild,” courtesy of Shadow and Act.