November 12, 2010 § 4 Comments
Back in the late 80s when some radio stations were still reluctant to play rap music, Public Enemy’s Chuck D vowed he’d one day “treat it like a seminar, reach
the bourgeois and rock a boulevard…” Hip hop’s reach has, of course, extended way past the bourgeois; beyond what most people imagined at that time. In the late 70s, a group of young kids rose from poor, seemingly hopeless conditions in South Bronx, New York to create amazingly beautiful art and become the world-famous Rock Steady Crew. Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón, one of the original members of that crew, recently took a trip to Uganda to teach seminars and workshops on breakdancing. He was invited by Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a young visionary B-Boy who started Breakdance Project Uganda to uplift and empower disadvantaged youth using hip hop and breakdancing.
November 4, 2010 § 2 Comments
The name of the movie is curious enough to make you wonder what in the world it’s about. I’ve been hearing a great deal about Bouncing Cats, so I’ll probably catch it when it screens at National Geographic in Washington, DC next Tuesday November 9. After only a few months on the festival circuit, Bouncing Cats is already an award-winning feature, grabbing trophies at New York’s Urban World Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival, and an Audience Favorite Award at Doc Utah. It follows the inspiring story of a young Ugandan B-Boy “Abramz” (Abraham Tekya) and his Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU),