Flyin’ Cut Sleeves – The story behind Ghetto Brother

 

The graphic novel “Ghetto Brother” tells the story of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting and its central figure Benjamin Melendez aka Yellow Benjy.

In 1993, filmmaker Henry Chalfant and Rita Fecher, a teacher working in the South Bronx, put together the documentary “Flyin’ Cut Sleeves” which can be viewed here. Many of the illustrations used for the book stem from the footage filmed by Fecher in the 1970s and 1980s.

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