Wondering Sound presents a fantastic oral history of the classic hip-hop movie Beat Street that was based on an article written for the Village Voice.
Jon Chardiet: (Producer Harry Belafonte) told me when we were filming that hip-hop was an urban art form that hadn’t been co-opted by white people. And before it got co-opted by the world and would appear on McDonald’s commercials, he wanted to show it in all of its purity. He felt the movement, the hip-hop movement, was about all of this angst after the ’70s, when you could murder somebody on the street and get away with it. Mr. Belafonte said right at the beginning that this [film] was going to be a positive force for change. [He said] they’re not fighting up in Harlem and the Bronx anymore with guns and knives. They’re having rap battles and dance battles and graffiti battles. They would go into an abandoned house, and they’d run electricity through the lamppost. The movie is a culmination of his vision. People seem to forget that Harry Belafonte — whether you agree with his politics or not — is a major figure in our culture in terms of putting his money where his mouth is consistently for black culture.
In 1983, Cyndi Lauper transformed Robert Hazard’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” into a new wave pop anthem that Gillian G. Gaar described as a “strong feminist statement”, an “anthem of female solidarity,” and a “playful romp celebrating female camaraderie” in her book She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll […]
David Roback, who co-founded the wonderful neo-psych band Mazzy Star, died yesterday. He was 61. Roback, a member of the 1980s Paisley Underground bands Rain Parade and Opal, rose to fame with Mazzy Star through his collaboration with singer-songwriter Hope Sandoval. All of Mazzy Star’s albums are sublime but it was 1993’s “So Tonight That […]
There’s no shortage of CRMs out there for large corporations, e-commerce companies, and booming startups to utilize. Think Salesforce, for example. But if you’re running a small business of ten employees max, there’s no way it makes sense to invest in an expensive, robust option like that. You’re better off using your old system of […]
Website building apps are all about one thing — helping you craft a great-looking, fast-running website without having to mess with all that back-end code. However, nobody wants their site to look just like a template, so customization is all but a must. So how easy is it to make those changes and still not […]
In our modern world, our usual first approach to combating an oncoming cold is to medicate it into oblivion. Sometimes, that carpet bombing pharmaceutical attack plan can knock out the congestion and discomfort of an illness before it settles in. But there’s always something to be said for trying to put down the effects of […]