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'COUNTRY RAP: Alabama' -Lowndes County & formation of the Black Panthers, & G-Side Live performance!
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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'COUNTRY RAP: Alabama' -Lowndes County & formation of the Black Panthers, & G-Side Live performance!
Co-presented by Baller's Eve (East Village Radio), this packed night focuses first on Alabama's ties to the Black Panther Party with a film & panel including founding BPP members David White and Sam Anderson. Followed by Alabama hip-hop group G-Side, live performance, screening, discussion!

The Lowndes County Freedom Party
Dir. Dwight Cammeron, 1990, 26 min.
It's a common misconception that the Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. In fact, the party symbol and the roots of its philosophy of self-determination can be traced to rural Lowndes County in Alabama by way of Harlem, NY. Cammeron remembers the efforts of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee to mobilize the African Americans of "Bloody Lowndes" to exercise their voice by forming a local political party in the face of brutal repression.

From Lowndes to Harlem:
David White and Sam Anderson in Person!
David White and Sam Anderson are founding members of the original Black Panther Party, started in the summer of 1966 in Harlem, NY. They will discuss how their experiences working with SNCC in Lowndes inspired the formation of the NYBPP, reasons for the organizations short life and its influences on the BPP in California. Sam Anderson is a pioneering scholar/activist and author of Black Holocaust for Beginners. David White is a long time community organizer in Harlem.

>>>8:45 pm
From Huntsville to Harlem: G-Side Live!
Alabama hip-hop screening, discussion, & performance
The earlier film and discussion will be followed by a performance of G-Side, a hip-hop group hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, whose excellent Huntsville International street album has helped put Huntsville's rap scene on the radar. The do-it-yourself work ethic of G-Side and Codie G, manager of local independent label Slow Motion Soundz, show how the spirit of self-determination continues to live on in the South. There will also be a screening of footage and interviews documenting the history of hip-hop in Alabama, alongside a discussion.

Plus: reception sponsored by The Harlem Brewing Company, makers of Sugar Hill Ale!

Part of the two-part series "Country Rap: The Gulf States" & "Katrina: Five Years Later" August 20th - September 2nd, 2010 at the Maysles Cinema. This two-part series sheds a spotlight on hip hop (and its cultural and political antecedents), from a region engulfed in environmental siege with centuries old roots and a New South identity. After considering hip hop's southern migration and local variations, Country Rap transitions into Katrina: Five Years Later, a selection of films that document New Orleans' rich history, lending further gravity to those made in response to the devastation of New Orleans, and efforts towards recovery.


Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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