For those of us “mature” enough to remember the early days of Hip Hop– looong before the birth of the World Wide Web– there were two movies of the genre that sent Hip Hop culture viral, turning it into a national phenomenon: Breakin’ and Beat Street.
Although Breakin’ was released first (May 1984), Beat Street (released June 1984) was arguably far more influential for its musical and cultural authenticity, as it was set in the birthplace of Hip Hop– the South Bronx– versus Breakin’, which showcased a more Hollywood, “Dance Fever”-style of Hip Hop, set in California.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of both movies. And on Saturday, August 16, at 9:00pm, ARTs East New York Inc. will present a special screening of Beat Street, a part of its “Summer Saturdaze & Nightz” celebration of arts, culture and sustainability in East New York Brooklyn!
The movie screening will take place at Mi Tierra, located at Pitkin Avenue, between Berriman Street and Shepard Avenue, and is free and open to the community.
Aaah, but it was all so simple then...
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