Max Julien http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Julien On May 11, 1983, years after its release, "The Mack" entered the non-competitive category of The Cannes Film Festival. Max Julien who starred as Goldie was dubbed "one of the most popular and important filmmakers in America" (L.A. Times), and for decades has been the subject of worldwide newspaper articles and graced the covers of major magazines including Ebony and Jet. The Mack is a 1973 blaxploitation film starring Max Julien and Richard Pryor. The movie deals with the life of John Mickens (AKA Goldie), a former drug dealer recently released from prison who becomes a big-time pimp. Standing in his way is another pimp named Pretty Tony, two corrupt white cops, a local crime lord, and even his own brother (the black nationalist), who try to force him out of the business. The main character was actually a real life former pimp and the movie contains other former pimps as well. The Black Pimp Mentality With the release and subsequent award nominations for the movie 'Hustle and Flow' renewed attention has focused on the anti-hero personage of the Black pimp. The movie, which was written and directed by Craig Brewer (a White man) has the protagonist and pimp character, played by talented actor Terrance Howard, attempting to ply slick verbalism into a successful career as a rap artist. The activity and symbolism of pimps and pimping, especially as it is played out in the Black ghetto streets of urban America, has attained a kind of perverse status. Yet, as has been the case for many decades, the Black pimp character and those associated with this lifestyle are also parodied and caricatured for the purpose of humor and amusement. For with all the ghetto lore and glorification of the urban pimp, he is often perceived by many as a clownish figure living life on the fringes and being reduced (because of White society's emasculation of him) to surviving on the fickle allegiance and whims of the urban street prostitute. There are extremely destructive social and psychological dynamics and nuances that are at the core of the Black pimp mystique, and which have their genesis on the slave farms and plantations of early America. Throughout the duration of chattel slavery, Black men who were traditionally the protectors and sustainers of Black women were regulated to the status of a non-person. They had no authority or power to fulfill their roles as providers and maintainers of their women. Any sacred and meaningful relationship with which they were involved, whether the ties of siblings, friendship, the repose between father and children, or the inviolable sanctity of marriage, were obliterated and the Black man was reduced to a empty shell of himself. http://www.***************/columns/shelton/vantagepoint/pimpmind.php What's Your Opinion On Max Julien and black pimp mentality?