Photographer Jamel Shabazz will be discussing his 2001 book, Back in the Days (which chronicles New York in the 1980s) at the Tenement Museum tonight. We chatted with him this week to get the scoop on the tome’s tenth anniversary; here’s what he had to say about the photo above:

I vividly  remember speaking to [the four young men] about the importance of staying in  school and  getting a good education, and would occasionally see them  during my  travels. The young man to the far left in the photograph  would go on to  be a highly respected hip-hop artist by the name of AZ,  whose lyrics  addressed social and political issues.

Photographer Jamel Shabazz will be discussing his 2001 book, Back in the Days (which chronicles New York in the 1980s) at the Tenement Museum tonight. We chatted with him this week to get the scoop on the tome’s tenth anniversary; here’s what he had to say about the photo above:

I vividly remember speaking to [the four young men] about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education, and would occasionally see them during my travels. The young man to the far left in the photograph would go on to be a highly respected hip-hop artist by the name of AZ, whose lyrics addressed social and political issues.

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