“Shake the Dust” With Fab Five Freddy in Harlem (video)

hip hop changes the worldCan breakdancing save the world? From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones, who also provides original music for the film, we are treated to a fascinating look at how hip-hop is striking a resonant chord in the slums, favelas, and ghettos of the world and is inspiring young people to enact social change. Continue Reading →

Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied At Maysles In Harlem (video)

tongues-untied_largeTongues Untied is a film essay by Marlon Riggs, a Texas-born African American poet, filmmaker, educator, and gay rights activist. The film, which Riggs describes as his legacy, celebrates black men loving black men as a revolutionary act. Continue Reading →

Summer of Music: Hustlers Convention At Maysles In Harlem (video)

hustlers conventionWhile largely unknown, the 1973 album “Hustlers Convention” is regarded as a cornerstone in the evolution of Hip Hop. Continue Reading →

From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale At Maysles In Harlem

the bronxThere’s a postage stamp of urban sidewalk known by people of a certain age for having burned to the ground. A more recent generation knows it as the place where hip-hop was born. Continue Reading →

The Spirit Moves: Harlem Swings At Maysles Cinema In Harlem

p02k6mm6The Spirit Moves: Harlem Swings is a three part series looking at NYC popular dance in non-fiction film curated by Sophie Windsor Clive. Continue Reading →

Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush At Maysles In Harlem

58def6c3-6f3c-4a6e-91ec-0a62065bbc33The film explores Charlotte O’Neal’s, aka Mama C’s, decade’s long project of coming to terms with who she is an African American raised in Kansas City, KS, the “jazz-capital of the world,” who has lived most of her life in Africa, the place from where her ancestors were forced to make the “middle-passage.” Continue Reading →