Rudy Ray Moore thrilled audiences with his performances as “Dolemite!” So much, that Netflix recently released a film biopic about his life titled, “Dolemite Is My Name.”
Moore, previously a stand-up comedian, had used monies from his self-produced, self-distributed X-Rated comedy albums to fund his entry into feature films.
“Dolemite,” directed by D’Urville Martin, and released in 1975, fixes on a wrongly jailed man (Rudy Ray Moore) with his friend, the madame Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and his all-girl army of kung-fu fighters as they seek vengeance on rival Willie Green (D’Urville Martin) and the crooked cops who framed him.
Dolemite struck a chord with African American audiences in the climate of the early ‘70s, and became an overnight must-see hit. As Moore put it in a 1993 interview, “instead of us being kicked in the a**, we were kicking THEM in the a**”. Unlike studio-made ‘blaxploitation’ films like “Shaft” and “The Mack,” Moore’s “Dolemite”was a true independent, resonating with the clear voice of a pioneer in black filmmaking.
Learn more about Moore’s life by watching this documentary from Xenon Pictures titled “The Legend of Dolemite.” Watch the full documentary below.
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FRONTLINE investigates how President Trump turned immigration into a powerful political weapon. A weapon that fueled division and violence.
The documentary goes inside the efforts of three political insurgents. This to tap into populist anger.
The transformation of the Republican Party and crack down on immigration are examined as well. Watch the full documentary below.
For most people, eating nothing but mac and cheese seems like a childhood fantasy. But for 20-year-old Austin Davis, who has been eating nothing but mac and cheese for the past 17 years, it’s not a fantasy — it’s his reality and has become his affliction. For Austin, it’s about much more than just “liking” mac and cheese.
Austin suffers from Selective Eating Disorder, also known as Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. It’s an anxiety disorder that’s characterized by the persistent refusal to eat specific foods or refusal to eat any type of food due to a negative response from certain sensory characteristics of that food.
VICE travels to Florida to meet Austin to learn more about the origins of his eating disorder and join him as he embarks on his journey towards recovery. Watch the full episode below.
This documentary is a searing, on-the-ground look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly campaign. A campaign against suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines.
“On the President’s Orders” is told with unprecedented access to the police themselves. It offers a gripping, visually stunning window into the war on drugs, those carrying it out, and those most impacted by it.
It’s a detailed journalistic marvel. Watch the full film below.
Social media gives teens new platforms for self-expression, validation and even potential fame. However, at what cost?
Today, thanks to the internet, teens are able to connect and engage with their culture, celebrities, movies, brands – in ways never before possible. That is real empowerment, but do corporations and marketers quietly hold the upper hand?
FRONTLINE’s 2014 film explores how the teen quest for identity has migrated to the web, and the possible ramifications for “Generation Like.” Watch the full documentary below.
Nigeria is in the grip of a kidnapping epidemic. Thousands of Nigerians have fallen victim, and millions of dollars in ransoms have been paid.
But the Intelligence Response Team, led by a man nicknamed “Nigeria’s Super Cop”, are taking the fight to the kidnappers. Is the unit the solution to the Nigeria’s kidnap crisis?
BBC Africa’s Kunle Falayi has been given exclusive access to the unit.
Street racing has long been popular in Miami with a variety of groups. Some of those gather at undisclosed locations off U.S. Highway 27.
However, others opt for conspicuous city landmarks. The rise in fatal accidents and the risk of getting caught has driven some people to get off the streets and onto the track.
VICE traveled to Miami to take a look inside the illegal street racing scene and the legal alternatives some drivers are turning to. Watch the full episode below: