THE KING OF CRENSHAW
Registered WGAw: 1755334
Status: In Development
Logline: In the early 1970’s a troupe of six hopeful Black teen dancers on Soul Train from Watts, California and a White classically trained female dancer form an amateur street-dance troupe. After a rocky start, the troupe improves, turn pro, and rise to become a celebrated global dance sensation but when their dance obsession transports them to stardom, the success rips their friendship apart.
THE KING of CRENSHAW currently in development is a television series based on Shabba-Doo’s autobiography by the same name, tells the true story behind the birth of Street-Dance/Hip Hop, a radically new style of dance that has become a global phenomenon. Told through the lens of cultural icon and street-dance legend, Shabba-Doo, a founding member of The Lockers, the series explores how six Black teenage Soul Train dancers from inner city Los Angeles, during the height of the racially charged civil rights movement in the early 1970s took street-dancing to the extreme and changed the face of dance and pop culture forever. Hip Hop is now the dominant global culture from which sprang rap music, clothing trends, graffiti art and a global awareness for this unique American cultural phenomenon. We see street-dance and the Hip Hop culture in commercials, on concert stages, on television and in clubs. The music, clothing and ethos of street-dance are overwhelmingly popular among worldwide youth. It pervades all our experiences. THE KING OF CRENSHAW will be a fascinating visual, musical, and dramatically told cultural journey that explores a time period that is a hinge of American history.
Shabba-Doo, ‘Hip Hop’s First Matinee Idol,’ will take viewers on a poignant personal journey, uncovering the historical truth behind the creation of the wildly popular and world’s first street-dance, ‘The Campbellock aka locking,’ the music that drove it, and the Hip Hop phenomenon it helped spawn. Production will transport its audiences back in time to Crenshaw Blvd, circa 1971, a breathtaking adventure through the origins of street-dance. Throughout, the series, Shabba-Doo, introduces a whole spectrum of Hip Hop’s dance elite from its inception. From ‘old school’ dance founders and legends to ‘new school’ faces, influential rappers, and high profile global celebrities exposing the historical roots of Hip Hop, through a cinematic examination of the socio-economic backgrounds that fueled their creative process.
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