The Hammer Needs Your Help, Don’t Let Fred Williamson Down

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Original Gangstas 2: Old School Gangstas

Forget THE EXPENDABLES, the old school has returned to kick @$$ and take names!

Has anyone ever setup an Indiegogo campaign to fund a contribution to another Indiegogo campaign just to hit an especially appealing rewards level?

I’d love to get one of these Old School Gangstas, autographed scripts being offered for the right donation to Fred Williamson’s new film project. Williamson is trying to make Original Gangstas 2, which will be titled Old School Gangstas. Like its predecessor it’s got so much big-name power, it should be ripping phone books in half at the helm of the pulpit and trying to get sinners to change their ways.

The idea is to bring back the Original Gangstas and more.

It’s going to feature some of the biggest names in blaxploitation, several of whom were featured on our 28 For 28: 28 Days of Blaxploitation Legends series. These actors have worked together before in various combinations, but never exactly like this:

Fred Williamson

Pam Grier

Jim Brown

Richard Roundtree

Bernie Casey

Antonio Fargas

Gloria Hendry

Robert Forster

Original Gangstas starred Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree and Jim Brown. Casey, Fargas, and Hendry, who were featured on 28 For 28, and Robert Forster, are the new additions for this one.

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Now that I think about it, if it’s fine-print compliant for me to start my own Indiegogo to fund my effort to donate to another indiegogo, then mark me down for a set visit and trip to the premiere.

We can do this thing!

I know we can.

For those who contribute to my Indiegogo campaign to fund my contribution to Fred Williamson’s Indiegogo campaign, I’m offering signed photos of me, CDs of Acid Pop Cult Podcast episodes, or a lunch at Red Lobster with me, your treat!

Since creating an Indiegogo campaign to fund another Indiegogo campaign is probably just a ridiculous fantasy, I’ll just have to settle for a smaller tier, and finance my own schwag habit.

I’ve got until April 4, 2014 to come up with the cash. That leaves more than enough time to give enough plasma to cover the $100 I need to get the signed script.

You also have until April 4, 2014 make a donation to help this new Fred Williamson project get off the ground by meeting the Indiegogo goal of $300,000.

Follow Original Gangstas 2 on Twitter @OriginalGSPart2

28 For 28: 28 Days of Blaxploitation Legends – Day 14 – Antonio Fargas

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Antonio Fargas is one of the most well-known blaxploitation actors not named Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, or Jim Brown, even if not everyone really knows his name. For many, all you have to say is he’s that guy from I’m Gonna Git You Sucka with the goldfish in his shoes. He’s also well known for his role as Huggy Bear on the Starsky and Hutch TV show.

Back in the 1970s though, you could almost say his portrayal of a pimp became what is considered the norm. He had the flamboyant clothes, the over-the-top attitude, and knew how to strut into a room.

Fargas was a nice changeup from the ultra-tough guys usually seen in blaxploitation films. His characters dressed tough. They tried to act tough. They did whatever they needed to do to protect their reputation on the street. Many times, however, those efforts fell flat.

Why We Love and Respect Him: Fargas was the Don Knotts of the blaxploitation films, and his pimp and thug characters were just streetwise versions of Barney Fife. He would go on to do other work, but his blaxploitation roles are our favorite.

Best Known For: Dressing sharp and being a hard-luck gangster.

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Blaxploitation Role Call:

Shaft (1971) as Bunky: Bunky is a smalltime hood caught up in an NYC crime family war.

Across 110th Street (1972) as Henry J. Jackson: Henry J. Jackson is the getaway driver in the robbery of a Mafia-owned bank that scores the robbers a cool $300,000. Jackson’s crime eventually catches up with him when a couple of hoods find him in a whorehouse.

Cleopatra Jones (1973) as Doodlebug Simkins: Doodlebug Simkins is a sharp-dressing, high ranking soldier in Mommy’s drug cartel, but that isn’t good enough. He goes out on his own, has some success, but then feels the squeeze of his former boss and federal agent Cleopatra Jones.

Foxy Brown (1974) as Link Brown: Link Brown is Foxy’s drug-dealing brother, and due to his being a screw up, Foxy’s boyfriend gets offed by some gangsters. Foxy is determined to get revenge on the gangsters who killed her man.

Bio Links:

Antonio Fargas on building characters…

Antonio Fargus Interview with Soul Train; Aug. 31, 2012

Antonio Fargas IMDB

Antonio Fargas Wiki