Thursday, January 27, 2011

Help Kickstart some Art

Nelson George is an amazing artist with his hands in many fields. He's written books (including Hip Hop America and Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson), been a music columnist (one of the first to break hip hop in print in Billboard and the Amsterdam News), hosted TV programs (VH1's Soul Cities), produces TV shows (BET's American Gangter series), and films (he helped Spike Lee's debut She's Gotta Have It off the ground and has made several of his own).

Now, George is working on a new documentary focusing on the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill areas of Brooklyn, a neighborhood that spawned a flurry of amazing artists spanning many fields (including the before mentioned Spike Lee). He's posted the project on and is looking for some financial help to make it happen. You can donate as little as $1 and as much as $???. Depending on how much you donate, you also get some pretty tantalizing goodies to thank you for your support.The fund raising deadline is in 9 days though, and he's still got $1,000 he needs to raise. Don't waste any time; head over there now and support the arts!

Speaking of Spike Lee, his third feature film Do the Right Thing helped break Public Enemy to America with its inclusion of Fight the Power, where it appeared for the first time. "1989...a number, another summer..."

Public Enemy - Fight the Power : Fear of a Black Planet

Visit Nelson George's website and support his project on

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