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Designed by:
VanSilk, American, born 1958  Search this
Distributed by:
Patricia Hearon  Search this
Subject of:
Grandmaster Caz, American, born 1960  Search this
JDL, American  Search this
The Cold Crush Brothers, American, founded 1978  Search this
Casio, American  Search this
Afrika Islam, American, born 1967  Search this
Afrika Bambaataa, American, born 1957  Search this
Melle Mel, American, born 1961  Search this
Furious Five, American, 1978 - 1989  Search this
Police Athletic League Community Center, American  Search this
Police Athletic League, American, founded 1936  Search this
The Roxy, American, 1978 - 2007  Search this
Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 10 13/16 × 8 3/8 in. (27.5 × 21.2 cm)
fliers (printed matter)
Place used:
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
January 19, 1985
A flier for “Benefit Show for Police Athletic League Hip Hop Showdown” designed by Van Silk. The flier is in portrait orientation and printed on off-white paper. It is covered top to bottom in black text and graphics. The top half of the flier has centered, horizontal text in varying fonts and sizes that reads [Patricia Hearon / presents / BENEFIT SHOW For PAL / HIP HOP SHOWDOWN / Starring…..]. Listed below are the acts printed in horizontal and diagonal orientations. Text printed on the left reads [G.M.CAZ&JDL / of / COLDCRUSH 4]. Text printed at the center reads [Humanbeatboxx / ‘CASIO’], and text printed on the right reads [Son of / Bambatta / Dj Afrika / ISLAM]. Centered text below reads [Sun 20th / “LIVE ON STAGE” / GRANDMASTER MELE MEL / ··OF THE FURIOUS 5 / Whitelines, Message, Beatstreet & / “STEP OFF’ / CALLING OUT THE Human Beatboxx / TO BATTLE / CASH PRIZES / ‘FRESH 85’]. The event location and contact information, printed at the bottom center, reads [P.A.L. COMMUNITY CENTER / 123rd Steel Bet. 7th & 8th Aves. / Info: 749-1157]. Printed in each of the corners is additional event information. The text printed in the top corners reads [2 Floors, / 2 Days] on the left, and [Sat / JAN / 19th] on the right. Text printed in the bottom corners reads [Doors /open / 8pm] on the left, and [adm / $4withflyer] above [DON’T / MISS / IT!!] on the right. The flier text is accented with ten graphics of small, solid black, five-pointed stars. The back of the flier has no text or inscriptions.
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Design  Search this
DJs (Musicians)  Search this
Graphic design  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture