Now that Vagina (Valentine’s) day is officially over and all of my self-bought flowers are beginning to wilt; I thought it was safe to jump back into Black History Month. Before it’s all said and done.
I heard of Jamel Shabazz and his book, A Time Before Crack, several years ago. It was at the start of the 80’s hip-hop revival scene where I saw photos and it referenced. I finally purchased it about a week ago and wanted to share it with you. It is, in my words, a photojournalistic celebration of the urban community (before the government introduced crack to the ghetto) circa 1975-1985. I am aware that prior to the crack epidemic there was heroin, cocaine, and etc already on the streets. Nevertheless, if you’re anywhere near my generation, you’ll agree and take note that the American time of innocence, and quality of clothes, music, television, food, and education fell by the waste side parallel to the time when crack-cocaine hit the streets. I won’t overwhelm you with my half-ass, word of mouth conspiracy theories. I will however share these photos in hopes that you too can remember and enjoy this time with me.