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Young Roots – Still Standing

Hat to the back is old school, but so am I. But I was in there, in the Bronx, when Hip Hop was born somewhere between Morrisania and Lincoln Hospitals. I was there when brothers started dropping dope beats to beat the dope in the streets. The war in Viet Nam was killing our communities and the unrecognized War On Civil Rights begat heroin as chemical warfare. The rising flames of urban insanity made us all climb trees or perish to $2 dollar bags and Rockefeller Drug laws.

But the roots persist and continue to nourish us as we climb. Rokafella, Hip Hop artist extraordinaire, has brought together a group of hat to the front young people to choreo-poem stories that remained immutable: A young woman dances away the anguish of an undeserved night in jail and a young man breaks to following his dream. I climbed a different tree to get above the flood, but these young Hip Hop artists reconnected me to the Bronx I grew up in. Their work is that wonderful. If you weren’t in the Bronx back in the day, get introduced. Check them out:

Young Roots – Still Standing
Friday March 22, 2013 at 7:30pm
Hostos Community College
Repertory Theater
450 Grand Concourse at 149 St, The Bronx
Admission: $15, $7/student

Rokefella is a 2013 Bronx Council On The Arts Grant Award winner.

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