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Sunday, January 20, 2008

This Is The Life - a film about the Goodlife Cafe movement



I've been waiting a long time for a proper documentary focusing on the Good Life/Blowed movement to emerge. One which would capture the live energy and history of the people and the place with respect and accuracy.

B+' book "It's Not About A Salary" is a good start but books have their limitations.
Freestyle was the only other movie I can think of that has even made passing mention of the Goodlife and it only scratched at the surface. What a missed opportunity given it's title.

We'll see how THIS IS THE LIFE measures up. 2mex attended an advanced screening and gave it a hearty thumbs up. It's directed by a member of Figures of Speech.

No trailer for now. But this should keep you anticipating until then.



Thanks to grandgood for the heads up! Read the GG post with additional links and info.

Hawaii - How are we going to get this in to an island film festival?

THIS IS THE LIFE is a feature-length documentary that chronicles “The Good Life” emcees, the alternative music movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the artform.

Featuring new interviews with: Myka Nyne and PEACE of Freestyle Fellowship, Chali2na and Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5, NgaFsh, Riddlore, Tray-Loc & Wreckless of CVE, Abstract Rude and Zulu Butterfly of ATU, Ellay Khule of Hip Hop Klan, Medusa of S.I.N, Born Allah, Gangah K, Fatjack, JMD, Omid, Pigeon John, 2Mex of OMD, Jyant & Eve of Figures of Speech, T-Love of Urban Props, Sheena Lester & B+ of Rappages, Mear One, Mike Nardone of KXLU’s We Came From Beyond, Garth Trinidad of KCRW’s Chocolate City, Monalisa Murray, Jah Orah, Hines, Busdriver, Monique Matthews, Keen and B. Hall & R. Kain Blaze, co-founders of The Good Life.

Directed by Ava DuVernay

Coming to a Film Festival Near You in 2008

goodlifelove.com
mysp*ce.com/goodlifelove

60 Comments:

Blogger Lil' Ifa said...

B. Hall & R. Kain Blaze, were never ever co-founders of The Good Life.

The Good Life was owned and operated by sole proprietor Janie Scott, aka Gina Scott, aka Ifasade. I should know because I am her daughter Erika Goodkin aka Lil'Ifa.

Everybody in the hood knows that!
Contact me at lil_ifa@yahoo.com

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Blogger Lil' Ifa said...

Anybody who thinks they own the Good Life Cafe name and they're not Erika Goodkin or Leonard Goodkin, children of Ifasade are in for a treat.

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Anonymous Lil' Ifa said...

Your site still says B.Hall and R. Kain Blaze were co-founders of the Good Life Cafe. Let's get this right.

I wish all the extended Good Life family much love. The family just buried Coco and grandma. I saw B. Hall at my grandmother's funeral. Much love B. I appreciate your presence, my mother would have too.

To reach the Good Life Cafe family send me an e-mail to:
lil_ifa@yahoo.com

I am still working on Literacy Through Hip Hop.

Peace,
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Blogger Erika Goodkin said...

Erika Goodkin here, a.k.a. Lil' Ifa,
I am the Good Life founder's only daughter. It has come to my attention that my first posts on this site may have been misconstrued. I would like to clarify. I was angry when I discovered that my mother's work appeared to have been hijacked. Janie Scott Goodkin, a.k.a. Ifasade created the hip-hop Good life concept when I was only 11 years old, I am now 38. She and her associate Ben R. Caldwell, filmmaker and owner of Kaos Studio, were the first to discuss the concept. Underground hip-hop at the Good Life was my mother's creation, period. All who have come after the Good Life was opened gained connections and fame because of Ifasade's hard work. They were allowed to share in her dream. Everyone connected to the Good Life name owes a debt of gratitude to my mother. In future, should new filmmakers wish to document the Good Life history, please check your sources, do your research, and portray the Good Life story accurately. I do apologize to the community if anything I have said, or written, has marred my mother's reputation, image etc., it was not my intention. As always, I remain devoted and protective of my mother and her legacy, understand this. I wish peace, love and prosperity to all. Love and Light, Erika

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