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Shooting the Enemy
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Harry Allen presents Shooting the Enemy at schools and universities around the country. In it, he screens many of the photographs he made in the early 1980s, before becoming a working journalist. These images—of Chuck D, Flavor-Flav, Bomb Squad leader Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, and others—were created several years before Public Enemy existed, and long before their place in music history was assured. Thus, they enable real insight into an important part of music history in its raw, unformed state. When giving the lecture, Allen speaks about getting involved in photography; meeting Chuck D and the rest at Adelphi U.; and growing in hip-hop with them—an education at the feet of, arguably, some of the culture’s most potent masters. Audiences who’ve seen the images—whether at his original Eyejammie Fine Arts exhibition in 2007, or at these lecture events—recount their innocence and freshness, their humor, and how black & white pictures, which we see less and less these days, project a sharp, visceral quality.Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin, publishes the blog Media Assassin at There he writes about race, politics, and culture, much as he does for VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, and other publications, and has been doing so for over twenty years.

Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Sponsor: American Studies Program
Contact: Christian Crouch.
Phone: 845-758-6874

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