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


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.


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 13 – Gloria Hendry

In the blaxploitation universe Gloria Hendry played the girlfriend of the most popular leading men in the business. She was on hte arm of Fred Williamson in Black Caesar and Hell Up in Harlem. She was by the side of Jim Kelly in Black Belt Jones. She even played JIm Brown’s girl in Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off.

Blaxploitation is a small part of Gloria Hendry’s career, but man, was it good. She could have easily been another action flick leading lady like Tamara Dobson or Pam Grier. Black Belt Jones is evidence of that, when she’s doing karate kicks beside Jim Kelly.


Why We Love and Respect Her: Just because she played the girlfriend, it didn’t mean she had to be a timid one.

Best Known For: Being the girlfriend of the male lead, but being dangerous nonetheless. She was also a Bond Girl in Live and Let Die.

From Black Belt Jones…

Blaxploitation Role Call:

Across 110th Street (1972) as Laurelene: Laurelene is a dancer whose husband is being hunted by mobsters engaged in a turf war in New York City.

Black Caesar (1973) as Helen: Helen is the singer Tommy Gibbs marries and makes the mistake of raping and beating. She conspires with some thugs to kill her gangster husband, who is already knee-deep in a mob war. The James Brown songs make this one special.

Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off (1973) as Marcia: Slaughter got his revenge on the gangsters who killed his family members and now the gangsters’ family is out to get him for it. One of they ways they try to get to Slaughter is by putting a hit out on his girlfriend Marcia.

Hell Up In Harlem (1973) as Helen Bradley: This is the sequel to Black Caesar. In this one Tommy Gibbs has to rescue Helen from the mafia.

Black Belt Jones (1974) as Sydney: Sydney is a karate master’s daughter who runs into trouble with some gangsters and calls on Black Belt Jones for help. She teams up with Black Belt for some ass-kicking.

Bio Links:

Gloria Hendry IMDB

Gloria Hendry Wiki