Photos: Black Action Heroes

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Richard Roundtree

At the zenith of the Black Power movement, Richard Roundtree became an instant film star and one of Hollwood's first action heroes. Starring in the Oscar-winning blaxploitation film Shaft (1971), the actor played the afro-wearing, fist-throwing and lady-loving private eye John Shaft. 

(Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios)

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