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Happy 69th Birthday To ‘Wild Style’ Director Charlie Ahearn!

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On this day in 1951, film director and creative cultural artist Charlie Ahearn was born in Binghamton, New York. Ahearn is best known for his Hip Hop cult classic flick Wild Style, which has become a cultural standard to represent Hip Hop’s origins in the South Bronx.

With the help of Fred Braithwaite aka Fab 5 Freddy and graffiti legend Lee Quiñones, Ahearn began the filming for the movie and finally released it in 1983 in Ties Square, selling out all of its screenings for three weeks straight. Pioneers included in this silver screen classic include the Cold Crush Brothers, the Fantastic Freaks, the Rock Steady Crew, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Flash and more.

Ahearn is saluted among the game’s originators, especially the graffiti writers, who first received a lot of their international recognition because of Wild Style. Salutations and libations for Mr. Aheartn on his 69th trip around the Sun!

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SOURCE SPORTS: Redskins RB J.D. McKissic Honors Tupac And Nipsey In New Cleat Design

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TMZ Sports has reported that Washington Redskins running back J.D. McKissic wanted to show love to some West Coast legends with a unique, artistic commemoration to Tupac Shakur and Nipsey Hussle’s faces designed onto cleats.

McKissic hired help from Cali artist Joe Castro to spice up his Nike cleats and even passed off a pair to teammate Chase Young. The drawing’s details include Tupac’s nose ring and Hussle’s “Prolific” tattoo.

Castro also executed a cleat tribute to slain Chi-Town rapper King Von for KC Chiefs’ wide receiver Tajae Sharpe.

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[WATCH] Fat Joe and Action Bronson Talk NYC Graffiti On IG Live

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While discussing the freedom of artists to create their own album covers as Action Bronson has done himself, Bambaklava and Fat Joe chop it up about the impact of the Rotten Apple’s graffiti scene, past and present.

Joe Crack, a real BX bomber who tore up the streets with the TATS and TS(Terror Squad) graff crews in the 80s and 90s, spoke about the gentrification of the graffiti world, but still gave props to some of graff’s greatest writers from NYC including EASY and JOZ and his TATS crew mates. Action gave props to crews who caught wreck in the five boroughs including Queens’ SMART Crew, TCN, FTR and the infamous MIKE TD that’s currently killing the streets of NYC.

See the interview in its entirety below.

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[WATCH] Fat Joe and Action Bronson Talk NYC Graffiti On IG Live

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While discussing the freedom of artists to create their own album covers as Action Bronson has done himself, Bambaklava and Fat Joe chop it up about the impact of the Rotten Apple’s graffiti scene, past and present.

Joe Crack, a real BX bomber who tore up the streets with the TATS and TS(Terror Squad) graff crews in the 80s and 90s, spoke about the gentrification of the graffiti world, but still gave props to some of graff’s greatest writers from NYC including EASY and JOZ and his TATS crew mates. Action gave props to crews who caught wreck in the five boroughs including Queens’ SMART Crew, TCN, FTR and the infamous MIKE TD that’s currently killing the streets of NYC.

See the interview in its entirety below.

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[WATCH] Fat Joe and Action Bronson Talk NYC Graffiti On IG Live

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While discussing the freedom of artists to create their own album covers as Action Bronson has done himself, Bambaklava and Fat Joe chop it up about the impact of the Rotten Apple’s graffiti scene, past and present.

Joe Crack, a real BX bomber who tore up the streets with the TATS and TS(Terror Squad) graff crews in the 80s and 90s, spoke about the gentrification of the graffiti world, but still gave props to some of graff’s greatest writers from NYC including EASY and JOZ and his TATS crew mates. Action gave props to crews who caught wreck in the five boroughs including Queens’ SMART Crew, TCN, FTR and the infamous MIKE TD that’s currently killing the streets of NYC.

See the interview in its entirety below.

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Happy 52nd Birthday To Graffiti Living Legend COPE2 KD!

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One of the most infamous graffiti artists of the 20th century is celebrating his 52nd born day today and he goes by the name of COPE2, founder of the world-famous KINGS DESTROY crew.

Born Fernando Carlo on this date in 1968 in the Bronx, New York, COPE2 began his illustrious graff career in 1985, during the height of the crack era in the Kingsbridge section of his home borough. He picked up his throw up from graffiti bad guy CAP ONE MPC and the rest is history.

COPE’s work can now be found internationally in art galleries for tens of thousands of dollars, but with the game deeply embedded in his heart, you can still find some of his work somewhere in the Rotten Apple rockin’ on the walls.

Happy born day to COPE from the entire Mind Squad!

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Few And Far Inc. Women’s International Art Collective Presents Their Annual Art Show TODAY!

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Today in Richmond, VA, the largest, international women’s art collective, Far and Few Inc, will host its ninth annual art exhibit with a host of female artists from around the world.

With local hosts Nico Cathcart and Meme working as the main facilitators of today’s event, it is anticipated that much of the art’s subjects will surround the unprecedented current events that have faced society in recent times and impending times to come following the 2020 Presidential election.

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The event is sponsored by Monster Energy Infamy Art and a host of other local businesses that support the arts.

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Public Enemy Art Show Feat. Shepherd Fairey, Chuck D And More To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of ‘Fear Of A Black Planet’

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Artists from around the world will come together using Public Enemy songs, legacy and history as an inspiration to create unique and original art pieces for the first time ever at The Terrordome. Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Public Enemy’s iconic third album Fear Of A Black Planet, the show will feature one-of-a-kind artwork from Shepherd Fairey, Vhils Faith47, Anthony Lister, Okuda, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and many more.

The show goes from September 5 – October 3, 2020 at Blackbook Gallery (3878 S Jason St, Englewood, CO 80110). A sneak peek at original work from How & Nosm, WK Interact and CYCLE can be seen below, and limited edition original prints created by Ludo, Ekuda, Emek andFerris Plock will be available August 29 through the Black Book website, in advance of the opening. Look for a full list of participating artists and additional artwork soon. 

The Terrordome art show was conceived and curated by Chuck D and Lorrie Boula who have been working closely with their partners at the Black Book Gallery, Tom Horne and Will Suitts. “Bringing visual artists and music together has always been important to me because it’s who I am,” notes Chuck D. “I was an illustrator and graphic designer long before I ever grabbed a microphone. We’ve been working hard at bringing together an amazing array of artists for the show, and look forward to people coming through to see their work.” 

The gallery will be practicing COVID-19 safety precautions for those in attendance including limiting the capacity of the event. Details on tickets for the opening will be announced shortly. For additional information on the show, visit: https://blackbookgallery.com.  

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[WATCH] Awkward Throwback Video Of Tupac Shakur and MTV Correspondent

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In this throwback video of Tupac Shakur, the rapper strolls the Venice Beach Boardwalk while being interviewed by MTV News Tabitha Soren who seemed lost and out of touch. This classic video from 1995 gives us a glimpse into the heart of Tupac who dropped tons of jewels in between the horrible invading questions. As a journalist myself I remember as a child watching MTV and wondering how these professionals were so uninformed and unprepared about the people they were interviewing.

This awkward video includes constant questions about why he didn’t have a father growing up, his mother being a crackhead, and repeatedly questioning if Tupac himself abused crack. Tabitha’s interrogating questions seemed more like someone being nosey and wanting gossip as opposed to showcasing her talents and his as well. The topics stayed negative and she unleashed a hail of questions that seemed amateur. In true Tupac fashion, he knocks it out the ballpark teaching Tabitha along the way. He stops to relate to fans walking by and continues to show that even at 21-years old he was powerful, educated and able to pull himself up and out of poverty as he shared himself with the world. Tupac was so eloquent with his words and vision and we love to watch his words captured on film.

Happy Birthday Tupac. 

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Top 10 Must-Haves During COVID-19 (Part 1)

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Between the senseless murdering of unarmed men and women, the country being set ablaze, and the governments almost 3 month ‘stay at home’ order— we are all fighting to stay upbeat and optimistic. Despite the influx of people seen venturing outside and holding small gatherings, COVID-19 is still a virus that is still a serious threat. Many cities around the country have reopened and allowed businesses to partially open. Many disease specialists predict a second wave of Coronavirus and a surge in cases following the nation’s reopening.

The Source has compiled a list of must-haves to keep you healthy, strong and happy during this devastating pandemic.

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1. Sea Moss: this magical seaweed has been around for ages but has made a comeback following Covid-19 which attacks the respiratory system. Sea moss clears the lungs of pollutants and mucus, boosts energy, has antiviral abilities, improves libido and so much more. Found in the Caribbean sea in rushing waters, the late Dr. Sebi often spoke about the benefits of sea moss. The superfood contains 92 minerals out of the 102 the body is made of. This sea vegetable is most commonly used in gel form added to teas, soups and smoothies. Added Bonus: Sea moss gel can be used as a face mask and applied topically to heal eczema, psoriasis and various skin conditions.

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2. Sunlight: Vitamin D is a must to maintain mental health.  Forced to stay indoors since March has had an effect on everyone from the kids to adults.  Spending time in natural sunlight enhances moods and regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy . Vitamin D is often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” because the sun is one of the best sources of this nutrient. Mushrooms, orange juice, as well as fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon are some foods that also contain Vitamin D.

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3. A Cloth Face Mask: When COVID-19 was first introduced to the states, the CDC told Americans to save N95 masks for health professionals. Now they have updated their guidelines on the use of masks. It now recommends you wear one in public. Some of your favorite clothing brands have begun manufacturing their own masks and there’s several tutorials online on how to make your own cloth masks.  Cloth face coverings along with other methods of protection against COVID will keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.. Masks are worn to help protect others from you, if you happen to carry the disease and protect you from others. Either way this summer with cases possibly on the rise, you don’t want to leave home without one.

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4. Water Purifier: You don’t need to run out and buy all of the bottled water in sight to make sure your family stays hydrated. It’s just a lot of wasted BPA water and plastic. A quick surefire method to ensure you have an unlimited supply…filter your water. Amazon sells several high quality filters that will clean and purify your tap water. Bonus move…add your water to glass jars with a squeeze of key lime to alkaline your water.  

5. Positive Material: Balance is necessary even during times where you are uncertain and anxious. It’s easy to fall into depression when things seem to weigh on a person. A simple trip to the supermarket or drugstore is a struggle for some who fear the unknown of the deadly virus. Reading uplifting and inspiring material can keep endorphins moving and adds to your overall being. Years ago while working on tour, rapper MF DOOM changed my life by giving the book Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain. Full of knowledge and jewels to help direct your focus on life, what you read and watch is just as important as what you eat.

Check back tomorrow for part 2 of our COVID-19 must have list!

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