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A day in the Bronx - Remembering the Black Spades (40th Anniversary) A message to the young gangbangers

The notorious Black Spades (precursors to Hip Hop) was once the largest and most feared gang in New York City. Hailing from the Bronx, the Spades had as their warlord, Hip Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. Black Spades later became the Zulu Nation in the late 1970s, and then the Universal Zulu Nation, in the 1980s. Times were also changing, and block dance parties and clubs were becoming more popular. The beginnings of Hip hop culture began to form in these dance venues, and as gang members and former gang members started getting involved in more Hip Hop activities, involvement in the gangs declined. Davey D caught up with many of the members including original leader Bam Bam who gave Bambaataa his name.

This first video is original B-Boy and Zulu Charlie Rock who hails from the 22cd division of the Black Spades up on Gun Hill road in the Bronx.. He talks about how the Black Spades evolved and became the Zulu Nation..He talks about Disco King Mario and the founding Spade chaptersat Bronxdale Housing project which was known as Chuck City.

He spoke with Hip Hop legend Popmaster Fabel who is finishing up a documentary on early gang culture called 'The Apache line'.

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