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In Communication, Movies, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

FaceBook, WildStyle, Fab5Freddy & Charlie Ahearn

Whose FACE is in your social media BOOK? You do FACEBOOKdon’t you?

Sure you do. The place is filled with folks faces and status updates (many suited for personal diary pages), but overall it’s a recreational free fall of interesting faces in distant and near places. Facebook is perfect for getting “the message” out. Some posts may enlighten you while other posts may frighten you — am I right? I have a few family members that post anything that comes to mind, leaving the rest of the family feeling totally sure that NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE is ever on their mind and likewise we’re all wondering if they’d ever heard of the saying:

“It is better to be thought a fool – than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”.

Then there are those FACEBOOK’ers you can’t wait to hear from — for me, one of those V.I.P. persons would be Fab5Freddy. You know how I feel about the guy so I won’t go on and on about his ART FABULOUS’ity, but I will mention that had it not been for Mr. Brathwaite I would not have ever known of or personally met Charlie Ahearn. Charlie is a filmmaker and a REEL FaceBook delight. Charlie is also the WRITER/DIRECTOR of the historic (reasoning behind hip hop & graffiti) film “WILD STYLE” . Please tell me that you’ve seen the film WILD STYLE? Let’s reminisce::

WILD STYLE is one of my favorite pieces of reel history so imagine my excitement when Charlie Ahearn sent me a Facebook notification yesterday regarding the upcoming screening of “Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer & All City Short” and it read::

Back in the Days: REMIX

Part of BAMcinemaFest.

Thu, Jun 16—Sun, Jun 26, 2011

In conjunction with the world premiere of Charlie Ahearn’s documentary Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer and the June release of Jamel Shabazz’s latest book, Back in the Days: REMIX, published by powerHouse Books, BAMcinemaFest presents an exhibition of Shabazz’s photographs, some of which appear in the documentary.

Back in the Days documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980 to 1989—before it became what is today’s multi million-dollar multinational industry. Back in the days, gangs would battle not with guns, but by breakdancing. Back in the days, the streets—not corporate planning—set the standards for style. Back in the days, Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people hangin’ in Harlem, kickin’ it in Queens, and cold chillin’ in Brooklyn.

Jamel Shabazz has been documenting ‘urban life’ for over 30 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he picked up his first camera at the age of 15 and proceeded to record the world around him, drawing inspiration from the great James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins, and Eli Reed. He has published several monographs, including the bestselling photo documentary Back in the Days, and most recently, Seconds of My Life. Shabazz’s work has appeared in such publications as The Source, Vibe, Trace, British Elle, Jalouse, Dune, GQ, and French Vogue, as well as numerous group exhibitions.

Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer screens Sun, Jun 26 at 3:30pm and is followed by a book signing with Shabazz of his new book, Back in the Days: REMIX. Get tickets here.

— Natman Room

Nothing gets me going quicker than film spectating @ independent film productions. Unfortunately for me, I’m in TX and the event is going down in THE BIG APPLE, but that doesn’t restrict me from living vicariously through the writes, the research, or the historical insight that the film is sure to yield me. History tells me that Fab & Charlie do nothing for naught. I’m certain to hunt Shabazz’ new book & film down for purchase as soon as it’s available. Of course I already own an autographed copy of WILD STYLE. Next stop: Getting Jamel’s hancock on my show of support for his work, and getting his FACE in my BOOK.


I’m not much for random chatter out loud in a social forum,
I am much more for blogging and hogging my QE Magazine quorum.

I use FACEBOOK for its intended purposes indeed
to see whose talking straight & whose straight off the weed.

To see whose talking sense and whose talking dense.
FaceBook is the perfect outlet to vent — (at your global expense).

CNN is currently cruising FACEBOOK – incorporating “your thoughts” into “their views”.
CNN is also laughing at ignorance via FACEBOOK and doing so on LIVE NEWS…
and often times, the butt of the joke looks a lot like YOU.

Though there are a few diamonds in the pool that I relish each time they connect,
I’m Qui
to reside among Greats on social media sites, film screening events and everywhere else.

So what is your role in The BOOK of FACEs?
Are you airing your dirty laundry in social media places?

Of course not — that’s NOT YOUR FB status update on CNN is it?
I’d much rather see you star in a film that’s positive & independent.

SUPPORT:: The Film Screening of Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer & All City Short.

Click the link and be a positive sport: