1. HumUni, the latest addition to our group of panelist for "The 5th Element?"!

    HumUni, the latest addition to our group of panelist for “The 5th Element?”!

    HumUni will be part of our group of panelists for tonight's screening of From Mambo To Hip Hop . Come on by to see this great documentary and speak with Henry Chalfant, the director,  85th, a hip-hop music collective from Queens, HumUni, a  Brooklyn hip hop duo,  and local hip hop artists.


    The 5th Element?

    Curated by Nina Watson Johnson
    A film series exploring the integral elements of hip hop’s culture and influence beyond the traditional four: the MC, the DJ, Breakdancing, and Graffiti.

    Part 1: The Sample

    Hip hop artists and producers constantly sample the beats and lyrics of other artists over a wide range of time periods and music genres. In particular, hip hop has strong jazz and blues influences. “Part 1: The Sample” is a look at the nature of sampling in hip hop; its importance, execution, and function in the culture hip hop creates.

    Short: A dissection of Drake’s “Take Care” sampled from Gil Scott Heron’s “I’ll Take Care of You”

    From Mambo to Hip Hop
    Dir. Henry Chalfant, 2006, 56 min
    From Mambo to Hip Hop packs into one hour the incredible history of a community that, despite the odds, fuelled a musical revolution. Anyone with a passion for the music that’s emerged from the cultural melting pot that is New York will devour Henry Chalfant’s film. Chalfant also produced the seminal graffiti documentary Style Wars. It’s a privilege and a genuine treat to have access to this footage and these interviews. From Mambo to Hip Hop delivers a terrific insight into the post war jazz and mambo era and traces the evolution of music from salsa to disco to hip hop. This is a story rooted in the South Bronx and it’s a tale told with both pride and passion.

    Panel discussion with director Henry Chalfant, local hip hop artists, 85th, HumUni and moderated by Nina Watson Johnson.

    85th , a Hip-Hop Collective, is the next biggest thing coming straight out of Queens. DC, Ken-I, DGoD, Eleagle, 21 Quest & Matt Cronin. Together, these rappers incorporate into their music influences from poetry, spoken word, battle rapping, and music showcases. 85th has performed at The Apollo Theater, Webster Hall, and CUNY and SUNY Colleges, and it recently opened up for Slum Village at The Knitting Factory as well.

    Henry Chalfant is an urban photographer and filmmaker. One of the foremost authorities on New York subway art,and other aspects of urban youth culture, his photographs record hundreds of ephemeral, original art works that have long since vanished. Chalfant co-produced the PBS documentary, Style Wars , the definitive documentary about Graffiti and Hip Hop culture and directed Flyin' Cut Sleeves , a documentary on South Bronx gangs, in 1993. He produced and directed Visit Palestine: Ten Days on the West Bank in 2002. His film From Mambo to Hip Hop was featured in the Latino Public Broadcasting series, Voces in 2006-2007, and won an Alma Award for Best Documentary.

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