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June 30, 2013 8:30 PM   Subscribe

Iconic Blaxploitation star and talented martial artist Jim Kelly died this week.

One of his first films was Enter the Dragon and Kelly credits it with putting him on the map, but Jim Kelly was better known as Black Belt Jones.

Later in life he became a professional tennis player and coach.
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posted by jquinby at 8:35 PM on June 30, 2013


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posted by mistersquid at 8:35 PM on June 30, 2013


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posted by cashman at 8:39 PM on June 30, 2013


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posted by cazoo at 8:49 PM on June 30, 2013


Dude's look was era defining.

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posted by Ironmouth at 8:54 PM on June 30, 2013


Han: We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for.
Williams: I don't waste my time with it. When it comes, I won't even notice.
Han: Oh? How so?
Williams: I'll be too busy looking gooood.
posted by Artw at 9:27 PM on June 30, 2013 [7 favorites]




The first time I saw Enter The Dragon I was 14. After seeing it, I wanted to fight like Bruce Lee, but I wanted to BE Jim Kelly.

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posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:40 PM on June 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


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posted by MrBadExample at 9:45 PM on June 30, 2013


Oh, I still on occasion recall him clocking the racist cops in Enter, and the "I'll be too busy lookin good" line.
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posted by Fibognocchi at 9:58 PM on June 30, 2013


Fuck Cancer.
posted by banished at 10:05 PM on June 30, 2013


Damn. I've got a framed Black Belt Jones poster up on my living room wall. Its one of my favorites. By the same guy who made Gymkata, Enter the Dragon, and Battle Creek Brawl, Robert Clouse.

Dude's look was era defining.
Era and Archetype. The Boondocks, Black Dynamite (movie and cartoon) and Afro-Samurai all have a characture of him, and a hell of a lot of others.

Of course the excellent Black Belt Jones soundtrack.

Big ol' dot for Jim.

Also, best product placement evar...
posted by lkc at 10:36 PM on June 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Good night, Kickass Jones.
posted by LucretiusJones at 11:45 PM on June 30, 2013


I could watch Jim Kelly beating up racist police officers the whole day long.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 12:09 AM on July 1, 2013


The "Lets Nab Oprah" ep of The Booddocks ran this weekend.

Bushido Brown versus Riley for the win.

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posted by djrock3k at 6:52 AM on July 1, 2013


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posted by Gelatin at 7:22 AM on July 1, 2013


The midnight dojo fight sequence is one of many cherries atop the Black Belt Jones cake.

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posted by myopicman at 12:16 PM on July 1, 2013


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posted by lord_wolf at 12:32 PM on July 1, 2013


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(Well, she said her cookie could kill you...)
posted by hanoixan at 2:06 PM on July 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Batman, motherfucker!"

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posted by longbaugh at 2:30 PM on July 1, 2013


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posted by mdrosen at 5:10 PM on July 1, 2013


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