just came back from catching hip hop film classic, wildstyle, at filmfare in the 212. in the house were members of the rock steady crew, grandmaster caz, with a potential lady pink citing. an incredible short flick on chronicling a samurai sharp yet endearing barbershop battle in which a swahili spitting rapper and lyrically dipped grandmaster caz go toe to toe.
director charlie ahearn, spoke before and after the film. he offered lively anecdotes and attempts at bigger picture political links between the hip hop generation then and now. ahearn dominated the mic while the film’s shining stars and culture’s ambassadors kicked it in the audience.
film review: wildstyle
widlstyle was an uprock of colors, a rainbow of ryhme, and it was earnest. without being wimpy. for the first time, i saw it as a musical. the precedent for award winning broadway hit, the heights.
taking a look at the movie through the eyes of a survey of the gender dynamic circa hip hop’s labor pains reveals (surprise!) that a male dominated hip hop industry isn’t new. but the degree of equal inclusion on the basis of gender in wildstyle, with graf star lady pink and debbie harry both featured in powerful roles, was refreshing.
ladies, am i wrong or have we been having some DRY times in the music and media industry?
introducing a series on future political goals
is it time to ask ourselves: what are our new thresholds?
i think so. because “yes we can” is only “yes we DID,” in one, albeit important, way. aside from getting the obama’s in the white house, we are very much a society at “si se puede stage,” still.
im going to be writing a series on prospective political goals, domestic and international. starting from one and going to ten. they’ll drop on saturdays. here goes number one.
1. bring back the public works projects.
that way you boost morale through beauty, pump money into main street, and support artists. artists cherry humanity’s sundae. decades of steadily drying streams of funding deprive the people of the love we should never have to forget. artists love is real love, it don’t come around during election time, it is a death defying constant. art makes me feel held. in its grasp i am seen. and beign an artist is my way of holding you. so lets bring back the public works projects and freshen up our roads and bridges with murals, brighten the eyes of grade school children with song, quicken the confidence of high school students with dance, challenge the unhindered intelligence of college students to poetry, and nurture our teachers through film, for they are all stars
i think the news should help the nation organize. so this my version of the news. come back for more of all the news thats fit to flip. saturday, installment two in the ten part series.
roopa singh, jd