Shaft Commentary

Playwright Thom Jones remembers being a 13 year- old, sitting in the dark, grooving to the rhythms of a new hero, a Black hero — Shaft. Riding atop a thumping baseline, speeding away in a long black caddy, Shaft was bad, and that means good. After a childhood spent watching Roy Rogers and John Wayne, Jones reveled in the marvels of this urban street hero. Now Shaft is back, in a new movie, and Jones, like many of his contemporaries, anticipates his return.

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