The mission of The Department of Afro-American Research Arts and Culture is to identify the global significance of the creative contributions pioneered by an international diaspora of Afro-Americans.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Various Artist - Black Belt Jones II [A.K.A. Tattoo Connection] (1978)

A1. Time Keeper
A2. witchdoctor
A3. Only 16's
A4. Tsuioku No Skat
A5. all the king's horses
B1. Invocation to the gods
B2. Love Chaiser
B3. Revelation
B4. Battle
B5. Watching and waiting

World Premier Of The Soundtrack to The Jim Kelly Flick "The Tattoo Connection also known as "Black Belt Jones 2" /
Music Sourced By The Fraykers Revenge Team" Kicking of With a Dynamite Kung Fu track called "Time Keeper" used throughout the Flick

Movie Review
Black Belt Jones II: The Tattoo Connection (1978)

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Black Connection … Run, Nigger, Run + Soundtrack Album by The Checkmates LTD. (1974)


  • Bobby Stevens   
  • Sweet Louie    
  • Sonny Charles

This album album is actually the soundtrack to the group’s hit movie “The Black Connection AKa’s Run Nigger Run”. Script of the film, co-written by Bobby Stevens and music written & Produced by Sonny Charles for Even Stevens Production. Promotion poster for the promotion of this sountrack album & movie features the nude Azzi Johara ( the first Black Playboy centerfold) & nude Checkmates Ltd. 9 from ten songs on this lp sounds in the movie – Run Nigger Run, Sexy Ways, Street of Dreams, Might Get Betta, Coming Down, Pretty Balloons.

Checkmates Rustic Adult Promo Poster
Checkmates Rustic Adult Promo Poster
Review By: Motown67
The Checkmates Ltd. were a long-time Soul act. By the time Chessboard Corporation F/S/O came out, they’d updated their sound to release their best album. Louie The Piper is a perfect example with a chugging beat and soulful singing by Bobby Stevens. There’s also the slow and groovy (Ain’t A) Goddamned Thang Going On. Sexy Ways is in a similar mood with a winding horn line. I Must Be Dreaming sounds like what you might expect from the title, but the main melody played on either a flute or synthesizer would make a perfect loop. Street Of Dreams is a soulful Rock tune with fuzz guitar and horns.

Artist: The Checkmates LTD.
Album: Chessboard Corporation F/S/O
Label : Rustic Records #Rustic RR-2004
Released : 1974
Funk, Soul, Blaxploitation Soundtrack

Tracklist :
01 Louie the Piper
02 (Ain’t a) Goddamned Thing Going On
03 I Must Be Dreaming
04 Street of Dreams
05 Pretty Balloons
06 Sexy Ways
07 Might Get Betta
08 Coming Down
09 Run Nigger Run
10 Got To See U Soon
A huge thanx to MusicDawn for this! As is fills the request for our missing Run Nigger Run Single. Merry Christmas All!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Soldier's Story (1984)


A black Army investigator (Howard E. Rollins Jr.) travels to a remote military base in the heart of the Louisiana backwoods to look into the mysterious murder of a black sergeant toward the tail end of World War II. Once he arrives, the investigator discovers an Army regiment and an entire community that, despite the beginnings of integration, is still torn apart by race and segregation. He soon learns that on this base, trust is sparse and secrets are a currency all their own.

Soul Of The Game (1996, TV Movie)


After the appointment of pioneering MLB commissioner Happy Chandler, high-intensity catcher Josh Gibson (Mykelti Williamson) and aging ace pitcher Satchell Paige (Delroy Lindo) compete for the attentions of Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey (Edward Herrmann) as he scouts for talent in the Negro leagues. When Rickey signs Paige's youthful teammate, Jackie Robinson (Blair Underwood), he makes baseball history -- and creates a rift between three friends that may not mend easily.

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