Tag: hip-hop

On the last day of January Lemoin Thompson III, better known as Buddy Esquire, died in a tragic fire at his home in the Bronx. Esquire, often referred to as the “king of the hip-hop flyer,” was an innovator in designing handbills for the block parties that were responsible for the growth of hip-hop in its earliest days.

On some days, the Internet still surprises me. This morning, for example, while looking for the proper way to spell boombox (i.e., research for this story; one word or two?) I stumbled across an article written by Ben Sisario for the New York Times. It looked at the importance of the boombox in New York City’s urban culture of the…

The New York Times‘ Lens blog has put together a slide show commemorating the 10th anniversary edition of Jamel Shabazz’s book “Back in the Day” (powerHouse): “Photography gave Jamel Shabazz direction in life — straight to the young men and women he saw every day in parks, on stoops and on streets. When he started in the mid-1970s in Brooklyn’s…