Jimmy and Brad Pitt have a “breakdance conversation” from the basement of 30 Rock in New York City.

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They’re used to facing one another beneath the glare of studio lighting, but Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon found themselves in unfamiliar and significantly funnier territory on Wednesday evening.

The pair are given the chance to show off their breakdancing skills as they face-off for a body-popping contest in an empty garage.

With no dialogue, Brad and Jimmy apparently conduct a conversation through interpretive dance for the three minute video that aired on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

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Planet Rock: The Story of HipHop & the Crack Generation

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back on the 80s and 90s, few can argue the catastrophic effect of crack cocaine on the black community. When crack cocaine hit the streets in the early 80s, it opened up an entire new market for drug users. Individuals who normally couldn’t afford the expensive high of cocaine, could now receive a more intensified euphoric intoxicate from crack cocaine which cost substantially lesser than its progenitor and was extremely addictive. Within two decades, crack had exacted a heavy toll, leaving serious physical and emotional side effects not only on its users, but also on an entire community and on the United States as a whole. Continue reading

UK’S FIRST BGIRL HANIFA QUEEN AKA BUBBLES DOIN ART

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In the 1980s she shot to fame as the UK’s first female Bgirl, her amazing moves appearing in hit music videos and adverts. And 30 years later Hanifa McQueen-Hudson is making a name for herself yet again – by incorporating painting into her impressive dances.

The talented mother of two spends her days spinning around her home covered in paint and creating works of art that have been valued at thousands of pounds.

“I call it ‘b-boying on canvas’ – b-boying being the original name for breakdancing,” says Hanifa, from Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton.

It was 1982 when a 12-year-old Hanifa saw her eight brothers practising on the kitchen floor of their home.

She developed a talent for it, and a year later she starred in the UK’s first breakdancing music video Electro Rock. She became part of dance troupe ‘The B Boys’, and was sponsored by firms including Adidas and Puma while they took the performing world by storm.

“People thought girls should be more ladylike and because of that I had to stay home and cook and clean,” says Hanifa.

“When I finally got my big break it was amazing, and from that moment on I entered loads of competitions and won medals.

“In the late 80s breakdancing died out and that was when I started doing workshops teaching youngsters how to do it.

“But then in the 90s it became popular again and before I knew it I was being asked to perform again.”

She eventually had two children and the dancing became less frequent, but Hanifa then came across her unusual new talent by accident.

“I came up with the idea for Art Breaker, which incorporates art and breakdancing, after scuffing my friend’s floor with the black soles of my trainers while showing him some moves and making a pattern,” she says.

“I used to be a graffiti artist when I was younger and I am familiar with paint, so it just came to me. Also, when my son came home from nursery with paint on his hands I used to think, ‘I wonder what it would like if I had paint on my feet?’ So I went to get some paint.”

She’s developed various techniques – either submerging her feet in the paint and breakdancing on the canvas, or putting the paint down first and dancing over it. “Every piece is unique,” says Hanifa.

She started her art project in 2006 but more are hearing about her skills and are asking her to design pictures for them, with one item of work being valued at £5,000.

For more details on Hanifa’s work, call 07999 066829.

GROUND ZERO CREW WENT ON DIPLOMATIC DANCE MISSION

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July 2013, the American Consulate General Jerusalem brought Ground Zero Crew on a diplomatic dance mission to Israel. Every day for one week the troupe taught fundamentals, power moves, battle tactics, advanced threads, character and stage presence to 40 plus Palestinian youths in Nablus on the West Bank, ages 10-25, culminating in a showcase at the University of Nablus.

It was a very moving, inspirational, and transformational trip that illustrated the transcendentalism of dance, that unites through music, rhythm, and spirit. BBoying has enabled us to connect with the young Hip Hop culture in an area otherwise sanctioned and off limits to actual physical contact to foreigners. The

kids were full of light, love, and ambition, and a supreme pleasure to work with!

GZTV.EP 1, Features clips of the Nablus show starring; BeBe, ZOOB, Ghost (Lions of Zion), Richie Rich (Full Force, Super Crew, Step Feinz), and MIX Team (Nablus), plus an exclusive Tel Aviv session w Artik

 

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Chris Brown and Josh Holloway Land On “Planet Bboy” The Movie

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Chris Brown is beefing up his acting résumé with a lead in the new flick “Planet B-Boy,” alongside “Lost” actor Josh Holloway. The Benson Lee-directed film is based on Lee’s award-winning 2007 documentary of the same name, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

According to a description from studio Screen Gems, it “is about an all-star American b-boy crew training to compete in France at the Battle of the Year (BOTY) International Championships. After a decade of defeat, the crew and their coach must go up against the best and greatest b-boys in the world: the Koreans, the Russians and the French who have dominated the original American dance form for the last 10 years.”

brown2The film also stars Laz Alonso, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz.

“B-Boy” is the latest project on Brown’s acting résumé, “When acting, I feel like it’s cool to use your strengths, but it’s also cool to use your other abilities as well,” Brown told MTV News in 2010 about a Hollywood career. “I didn’t just wanna do movies that had consistent dancing and singing: I wanted to do stuff that pushes me as an actor at the end of the day. Because you have people like T.I. and Common that do stuff that’s not around what they do in the entertainment industry as far as music, and they succeeded.

“So I just wanna branch over to that, especially like Will Smith,” he continued. “He comes from rapping and going right into the acting thing, so I wanna come from the singing parts and go into acting, and people can tell the difference. I think that with this role [in ‘Takers’], it was more intense, more action, more stuff that I love to do, what I love to see in movies.”

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