Max Julien, Star of a Cult Blaxploitation Movie, dies at 88

Melvin Van Peebles She set the tone with “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song,” independently revolutionizing an artist in a 1971 blockbuster sex show. Gordon Parks’ less prescriptive but still wildly popular “Shaft” was released that same year. By the late 1970s, the blaxploitation category disappeared. Ten years later, young cinephiles and hip-hop artists would devour VHS …