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Hi. My name if Rutherford B. Trace, and I’m the new editor of this weblog. I beg pardon from the ongoing series Frederick Douglass In Brooklyn, which I will soon continue, to implore, beseech, encourage and even— in some cases— command all ya’ll who can get near Grand Army Plaza Tuesday June 1 to see the Internets Celebrities, live at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Regular denizens of Eastern Parkway hardly need an introduction to writer and guerilla filmmaker Dallas Penn but with the ICs, DP has two partners, co-conspirator and co-host Rafi Kam, and director Casimir Nozkowski. Tonight they’ll be screening their latest and— dare I say it?— greatest work yet, Stadium Status. Don’t be jealous! It literally couldn’t have been done without you too, at least those of you who pay taxes and have seen “one thin dime” of your money go to support scumbags like George Steinbrenner, Fred Wilpon and Bruce Ratner.

One might wonder, is “scumbags” a proper term for an editor and historian to use? And what about “scumbags,” as I’ve put it, like Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki and Michael Bloomberg, not to mention almost the entirety of the New York State legislature, New York City council and the Borough Presidencies of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens? In 1995, Christopher Wallace famously asked “Who Shot Ya’?” It’s long past time the people of NYC demanded their own answer, especially at a time when great institutions and good people like the Brooklyn Public Library are threatened with severe budget cuts.

In the more affable words of Rafi himself:

This Tuesday, June 1, we’re going to be screening a bunch of videos at the Central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. So come out to the fabled Grand Army Plaza at 7pm and check out some of our classics on the big screen, ask us questions and be among the first humans to see our new documentary STADIUM STATUS.

Stadium Status is a documentary which examines the rush of new sports stadiums in NYC, the public money that drives these private developments and the impact they have on the communities around them. The creation of Stadium Status was funded by you via Kickstarter!

Hope to see you there.

America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
Frederick Douglass, from “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (1852)

Internets Celebrities aren’t all Negroes but they are all Americans, and New Yorkers. None of them are false.

Rutherford B. Trace is a historian and editor from Brooklyn. He despises most professional sports but has, in the past, played handball in a Latrell Sprewell #8 Knicks jersey.

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