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Manufactured by:
Tecsonic, South Korean  Search this
Used by:
Bill Nunn, American, 1952 - 2016  Search this
Signed by:
Spike Lee, American, born 1957  Search this
Owned by:
Gene Siskel, American, 1946 - 1999  Search this
Subject of:
Public Enemy, American, founded 1982  Search this
plastic, metal, wire, cloth, pressure-sensitive tape, ink
H x W x D (2014.270.2.1a Handle Up): 19 1/2 × 31 1/4 × 9 in. (49.5 × 79.4 × 22.9 cm)
audio equipment
Place used:
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
A Promax Super Jumbo boombox (2014.270.2.1a) used as a prop by the character Radio Raheem in the Spike Lee directed picture, "Do the Right Thing". The boombox includes a dual audio casette tape deck, an equilizer section, radio dial, colored light display, and a pair each of 8" subwoofers, midranges, and tweeters. There are sections of red, yellow, and green electical tape with black ink text on the sides and top of the player. There are also rectangular black, green, and yellow "Public Enemy" stickers adhered to both the PR and PL side of the player. On the lower back of the boombox is handwritten text in gold ink reading [BROOKLYN, N.Y. / 3/17/90 / To Gene / RADIO RAHEEM LIVES / LOVE, Spike Lee / "FIGHT THE POWER"]. There is a metal handle attached to the top of the player, around which two braided bracelets (black-and-white 2014.270.2.1b, colored 2014.270.2.1c) and multi-colored printed cloth (2014.270.2.1d) have been tied. The "rewind" button on the PR tape deck has fallen off but is stored with the boombox (2014.270.2.1e). The boombox had an audio cassette in the PR deck that has been removed (2014.270.2.2), titled "JAZZ CLUB / Vocal". The cassette is off-white with black text and is printed with track titles, manufacturing information, and serial number.
African American  Search this
Film  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture