Cinema: Bad Lot

Films made expressly for black audiences are not so much a new genre as several old genres given a black twist. The latest type to be adapted is that venerable Hollywood standby, the western. Three current examples:

Soul Soldier, which concerns the adventures of a troop of "colored cavalry" in Texas shortly after the end of the Civil War, is so ragtag that it looks as if it might have been an aborted Poverty Program project. It features former Olympic Decathlon Champion Rafer Johnson as a stolid cavalryman who tried to keep peace with...

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