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Black audiences were usually segregated into their own seating sections of mainstream movie houses for decades (when they were allowed at all) but they also had low-budget films produced exclusively for "black" cinemas from the silent era until the dawn of the civil rights era. The latter eventually brought black subjects and actors to all audiences, sparking both the 1970s "blaxploitation" boom and the ascendancy of African American-themed films of the present.

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