Family Pictures and Aloneness , two books of poetry, were published by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Gwendolyn Brooks.
Nikki Giovanni's Spin a Soft Black Song: Poems for Young People was published.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which was later made into a movie starring Cicely Tyson, was published by Ernest J. Gaines.
Movies: Shaft , which was directed by Gordon Parks and won an Academy Award for best song, was released.
Sweet Sweet Baadass Song, Melvin Van Peebles film, became the highest grossing Black film ever, earning $15 million at the box office.