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JAMEL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER, presented by Broaklyn Film and Theater Company and followed by a community discussion
The New Parkway Theater
Oakland, CA
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JAMEL SHABAZZ STREET PHOTOGRAPHER, presented by Broaklyn Film and Theater Company and followed by a community discussion
A window into a brief but vibrant period in New York City street life, Charlie Ahearn's Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer works as both an introduction to the man who captured hip-hop culture's early years and a deeper dig for fans who've long admired him.Shabazz, whose father trained as a naval combat photographer, returned to Brooklyn from his own military stint in 1980 and promptly began haunting streets with a camera. Rather than grabbing candid shots, he asked permission and allowed his subjects to compose themselves for the camera; the resulting images find happy kids and young adults offering up idealized versions of themselves, often in elaborate or coded poses.

Perhaps the most pleasure the film has to offer, though, is its present-day, on-the-street footage of men who experienced this era first-hand, who either posed for Shabazz or were friends with his subjects. Watching as men who've settled into adulthood deconstruct their beautiful younger selves -- grinning at the suede Pumas, Kangols and square-rimmed glasses and admiring the "correctness" with which they were worn -- affords a richer appreciation of this moment in time than even the pictures themselves.

Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer is presented by Broaklyn Film and Theater Company.


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THE NEW PARKWAY THEATER is a community-centered cinema and pub located in Oakland's Uptown district. Sit back and relax in our cozy couches while watching our new releases, cult classics, and fabulous special programming. Plus, enjoy yummy food and local beer and wine in our café or even delivered right to your theater seat all at affordable prices!

Every week we have something for everyone... from Doc Night to Baby Brigade and Thrillville Theater to Nerd Night, and everything in between. Also, join us on the mezzanine for free, non-film events like Trivia Tuesdays, Pop-Up Art Wednesdays, and First Fridays.

The New Parkway = Film. Friends. Food. Fun on Tap.


The New Parkway Theater (View)
474 24th St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States



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


Owner: The New Parkway Theater
On BPT Since: Sep 28, 2012
The New Parkway Theater

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