"THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON"
"THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON"
Underground Classic Flick. Based on a True Story. "The Education of Sonny Carson" follows the life of what would eventually become the controversial Brooklyn Community Leader & Activist Abubadika Sonny Carson as he rises from juvenile criminal-to Gang Leader-right up to the crossroads in which realizes that there's another path. The movie features so many scenes & narratives, that you will NEVER forget. Many of these narratives will sound somewhat familiar-as they were used to provide the backdrop for Ghostface Killah's 1996 debut album "Ironman;" and were also used on Common's incredibly scathing 1996 diss record aimed at Ice Cube & The Slaughterhouse "The Bitch In Yoo."
A couple of additional notes: Abubadika Sonny Carson is the father of the legendary X-CLAN/Blackwatch Movement leader Professor X & helped found both Medgar Evers College & The Republic of New Afrika. Anyone over the age of 35 knows how important that movement was to Hip Hop. Now meet the FATHER of that Movement.
"SHAOLIN VS LAMA"
One of the finer flicks of the 70's-80's Shaolin Kung Fu flick era, SHAOLIN VS LAMA blends intense action, humor, and underlying themes addressing the cultural/ethnic conflict between Chinese & Tibetan societies at the same time. The story follows young Sung Yu Ting, in his sometimes comedic attempts to persuade an cantankerous GrandMaster (Yah Lan) to take him on as his pupil. Initially rejected, due to the betrayal suffered a decade earlier from a renegade student, Ting eventually becomes Shaolin's only hope against what has been discovered to have been a Tibetan Lama who only entered Shaolin for the purpose of avenging his original master's death. The movie is full of colorful characters, comedic moments, drama & action.
Wu-Tang lovers will find several popular vocal bits, used on BOTH of the Only Built For Cuban Linx Albums & other classics from the early RZA production days.
Esteemed Playwright Leroi Jones, aka Amiri Baraka, was born on October 7th 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. One of few voices bold enough to speak to the ills of society, from a proud Black Nationalist voice; Amiri Baraka has blessed the world with more than 50 years of his energy & creativity.
In honor of Mr. Baraka's Bornday, we are sharing a couple of his more recent works. The first is Ryan Green's visual adaptation of the Amiri Baraka/The Roots collaboration "Something In The Way of Things." The second is his 2009 piece "Somebody Blew Up America."
To learn more about Amiri Baraka, check out his Official Website. http://www.amiribaraka.com/
"Blue Collar" -Starring RICHARD PRYOR, HARVEY KEITEL & YAPHET KOTO- 1978
BLUE COLLAR tells the story of three frustrated Detroit Auto Workers worn out from chasing the American Dream-only to continuously be tripped up by the cold hard realities of life. Constantly striving to meet the demands of family life & work life-the three reach their breaking point upon realizing that their local Union has everything EXCEPT their best interest at heart.
After a night of drinking, the trio decides to stick it to the corrupt Union leadership & rob the safe in the Union Office. Upon doing so they find ledgers detailing illegal monetary transactions, far less money than what the Union claims to have lost, and just how far the Union will go to protect their perch atop the lowly working class pawns. The movie is very deep, and somewhat revolutionary for its time. Largely overlooked by the masses, BLUE COLLAR is usually a favorite among true Richard Pryor Fans. Enjoy.