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a hi, anthony ok. welcome to the stream. this episode is all about that cowboys and cowgirls of america. if you're doing a double take right now, i don't blame you. the history of african american cowboys and cowgirls. you have to dig a really deep to find it. and why is that? that's one question. what the, asking on today's show. but there is a new movie out right now that looks at the open city cowboys of philadelphia,
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african american cowboys and cowgirls. that film is called concrete cowboy. you can take a look at it. right now. have a look. ah, a leg wow with i know you off with your daddy guy rules that you that abide by no, no way you don't. you will road street tribute miles was to welcome back. welcome back to what home is your choice? oh, no,
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no. i'm with your money and i'm a get a body here with you some major middle the night before you do a follow cuz everyone else with hello ricky. hello, greg. hello, aaron. oh, connected to concrete, cowboy in one way or another. that how you what that connection is. ricky, introduce yourself to our international audience. get to have you. yes, i'm ricky star, writer, director, coffee, cowboy. and i greg good to see. introduce yourself. what's your connection? my name is greg mary. i am the author of the young adult novel geno cowboy on which the film was based on. nice to have you. hello, aaron, a welcome to the screen. i think this may be a 1st, aaron. tell everybody who you are, what you do and you connection to the movie. i am aaron brown. i am the director of philadelphia arriving at me and also one of the original fletcher sheet writers.
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i'd say nice to have you. that is aaron, a whole conversation that this movie started about black cowboys and black cal goals. and i feel is an issue that if you know, you know, but if you don't and you want to talk to aaron and greg re key, the best thing to do is jump into youtube comment section. and you too can be part of today's show. so, and if you know, you know, if you don't how do you stop that conversation? eric stern conversation about black cowboys and black hal girls is something that has been not mainstreamed. so i guess you have to see it. and the conversation began there. i'm just looking at. yeah, you really have to see it. leave it. i think a lot of people have that same reaction. you know, even little kids. i see in those neighborhoods when they see a tower,
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a cowgirl riding by on a horse, they just have this look on the face like, you know, in, you know, a common thing. i heard even people i know who live in philadelphia the whole lives . maybe even 2 miles away from that neighborhood, never knew about this whole world because there's a certain perception about strawberry mansion. and it's not this story about from is an area in the fall and not swear, this film takes place. but great before i move on to ricky, who tells the story in a movie, you also told the story and a young adult book that was incredibly popular. and this picture, this is a picture that a spire j. i'm going to show it to everybody. you tell everybody what easter and what about like you so it's yeah, i mean i, i came across this photo us in life magazine and you know, one of the 1st images inside was a young, black boy standing on top of
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a horse in clearly what was the inner city can, you know, you have the same reaction that those kids have, which is like, what is this, you know? and you start flipping through these photos, you see black cowboys in philadelphia, what is going on in to me? that's where story lies because you know why they're a black cowboys and horses in north philly. you know that why is the story, i mean things touch has happened i accident. there's a reason and i wanted to know what it was. and so i just started digging in at the time, you know, put it into google, and like nothing came out, nobody had written about it. there were no articles, no documentaries, nothing, no books. and so to me, that is something, you know, as i started to slowly find out, make my way into that world. like this is something people need to know about. because not only was surprising, but i thought it was, you know,
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beautiful and heroic in, you know, these were voices that needed to be heard. little guy had tell us that your journey, your discovery of that how boys and black, how else i'm i a very similar. i mean there's actually a scene in the movie, it's in the trailer as well that i feel like really articulate my own experiences. what greg is talking about, where there's the young little boy and his mom on a bus and they see the riders coming by. and i really wanted to paint even particularly where it is in the movie this beauty, but also this locksmith that they're facing. like, what if this community wasn't here and what if there won't be little boys that could see these cowboys writing? but for me is i had a very similar experience where my 1st introduction to the cowboys in north philly was a gentleman riding in a trip out buggy outside my office. yeah. which is less than a mile from fletcher street. and yeah,
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i had speakers in these huge tires with brandon. fascinating, let alone that a horse was pulling it. yeah. he was the one that told me about fletcher 3 and then a google search. yeah. like what? great bye much. but i did find at that time greg book, which correct me if i'm wrong, greg. i think it was published in 2011 because i remember and 2012. when i read the book. yeah. and i year mark in like man one day that would be amazing movie when i'm ready to make movies and sell. yeah, it wasn't then until 2017 actually when i met eric miller was the 1st cowboy i met in court, actually my company, my production company, hired adults returning home from incarceration. eric had been home a week and told the judge that he had already purchased a horse, which i found quite fascinating here that every day in court. and aaron was one of eric's best friends when i met her shortly after. and we talked about, you know, what can we do even then in 2017,
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knowing the perils that fletcher street were facing. you know, what can we do to create a permanent for these cowboys and cowgirls all over philadelphia who have been displaced? i know when we says that that little boy with the horse and an errand i can as a vocal admiration when you so that pay to that, that life magazine paycheck i want to play, you get that picture now very, i get the heck here he that is a young guy named red, he was one of my original kids. he was a follow up mariam is able and he took care my horses. he and i watch them grow up . he's 2425. now i call them my son. and so i the, so i want to play to you and, and when we sort of tap dancing around the edge, if they did. but why do we not know, why do you have to what so hot to find out about a piece of american history. i don't say contemporary american life that we should
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know about his jennifer, his, her thoughts stuffiness and really enjoyed concrete cowboys. i grew up in houston, texas, so black cowboys and rodeos, and see by folks my horses on city streets that also hold cars is nothing new to me . but this was my 1st introduction to that rich tradition in philadelphia's black community. what i've been sitting with some fire father who am yesterday is the cruelty that has to be involved to take what little bit of that tradition is left there in philadelphia. and i just think it's another example of how our place and that rich history continues to be whitewash. right. what i erin lang, greg. every, everyone's going to jumping on this one avenue stopped by. can you finish once upon a time? i mean, she's absolutely right. there were maybe about 3540 backyard stables where the
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urban black have we kept their horses and we never owned these facilities and they are, you know, with re development gentrification we had no control but to migrate to different stables. and it's a piece of our history being washed away every time it happens and i've experienced it myself or fletcher street. and you know, these, a lot of these flatter st horseman riders are family, you know, when a stable closes down, we open up the doors and they've all migrated there. and these voices are a horseman. they are what make up our community. they are. you know there's, there's nothing to bring them together like a club or anything there were just, you know, holding on in. we need something that's really ours to keep. you know,
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they can't be taken away from us because it is important history in philadelphia, we would arrive to different stables just to meet up and that's not happening anymore. records, there's barely any left. i mean, i think for cable color is just like a history of hidden figures that have never been recognized across the board. and what i tell you, i work with a young people on what i tell them. so you can't blame people for not knowing what they don't know, because they're only given a certain narrative. so it's up to us to you to change that narrative, to use your voice to tell your own stories, yet you're those voices out there and represented. so, you know, it's just like there's so many cultures like this one, all these people who live with them up on my house, never know about it. and the reason is like, you know,
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there's perception on the news. this is the most dangerous neighborhood, or silly. you're not going to go there, you can avoid it, and structurally it's built. so you don't never have to interact with it even if you live, you know, within a couple miles of it, it's easy to avoid. and so therefore, you know, there's no ways to interact this culture unless you find out about it. unless those stories start to get told and start to penetrate deeper and people want to actually go there because it's like, oh, what is it? i like that out. i feel ricky, after kind of a people are going to be hanging out. they just can't. this is way it is how bo was . and i feel like his account. and so we always like a movie place where everyone goes to, to check out the locations that aren't going to be tatting people away. i love it on my laptop, concrete, cowboy hit number one on netflix on easter, just this past weekend. number one. fam ricky,
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what did you set out to do in the telling of this film? with many people watching a show right now is rainy is watching this on youtube. she says, i have never heard of black cowboys and cowgirls that going to be a lot of people who are going to be blowing them millions right now, including america. right. so what did you set out now? i mean, this is to be honest. what we do is what we have accomplished, which was, you know, when i met eric, one of the things he told me was that when he was growing up, he loved westerns and he loved to be found. but there were no black cowboys represented in the stories. and so what he wanted to be able to leave for the youth that he was teaching and his own kids was to have a movie that showed black cowboys to give kids something to look for. and so to be able to see that representation happened in the film as a huge source of joy for me, you know, also he was well aware 4 years ago that fletcher street was facing gentrification
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issues. i mean, even to hear you say that, like currently right now the corral, the beautiful field where all the horses grades and the film is completely fenced off and dug up. the city is currently building affordable housing units. and so, you know, something that we've done with erin is to actually, originally we established a nonprofit with eric called the philadelphia urban riding academy. eric, unfortunately, was killed a week before we went into practice on the film, tragically. and here's why you see it now living on through and, and through all the cowboys and cowgirls in that film to help find a home for, you know, all the cowboys and cowgirls across philadelphia that no longer have to be displaced permanently. it's important that they own the land, they own the barn because every time the city give them something, it's taken away. it's only a matter of time. and so, you know, i'm proud of them for seeing this through with us. we've been, you know, a 4 year journey at this point. it's going to continue. and thankfully, we're on this beautiful side of it. i was thrilled to wake up on sunday morning to
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see that i was number one. when did you, what do you what did you face when you, when you saw your phone? she did that. the chef. i was actually, i mean everyone with tech to me. i didn't my new oh. all right so, so this is loading. it's on netflix right now. so you can watch on netflix, a little bit of the story line. so it's a fictional story. it's based on greg's book. but it is based on real life and cowboys, not just one's in philadelphia, but one thing brooklyn were around the united states where people don't realize that they're still there. so there's a question here really? yeah, yeah, go ahead with ricky. no, why don't you? i don't really want to feel like i was trying to like respond to people on
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instagram and there's the cowboy and burbank, a black cowboy of community black and they actually all gathered at their barn to watch the film on opening night. he was sending me pictures and cool to the other cowboys and cowgirls around fairly, but yeah, the community do exist across the country and do the same parallel that what you're street a thing and so i don't know when the bank came out. yeah. you know, and i traveled around the country, what i thought was this little subculture that existed really black writers came out to see me everywhere from new york to l. a. seattle, tampa, chicago, st. louis like every corner of the united states. they would come out to see me on their horses, you know, majors and it was really beautiful thing. it's like, ok, this is a real thing. and then you start to find out about, you know, this incredibly rich history of like cowboys in the old west. you know,
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and where you know, one and 4 cowboys are black and, and batteries. they've been the basis for the lone ranger and all the stories are pretty remarkable. i would give it a lot of people an assignment. greg aaron and rickie at the end of the show because they are going to be going off of that cowboys and black. how goes this? is kate a, she is a school teacher and she has a question precisely for you. have a listen and then also one of the back of her comment. so little bit of a back story. my students and i are the past few years, have read ghetto, cowboy in brooklyn, and my sins are actually scheduled to have an office visit with mr. neary last year by due to unforeseen circumstances. he was unable to attend to this exciting. i still get to pose one of their questions. some missing. i says i'd like to know what was the hardest part about changing your book into a film. a lot of times others are very close to their work. and now when you have
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a found that you're going to make you have other people who get their input. so what was the most challenging part during that whole process? well luckily for ricky, i started off as a filmmaker, so i knew the difference between a book and a movie and that anyone who literally chance a book is not gonna end up with a good movie. probably i'm. so to me the most important thing is to if you say yes to a filmmaker that you let them do their job and try not to bug them too much. and so for me was mostly like he is production company was in the area, he knew the community, he understood the issues, you know, the most important thing that, you know, he wanted to honestly represent this community and it's people and the issues they deal with. and you know, he had an interest in social justice, all these things i was interested in. and so to me like i could see you have the
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same instincts in the same drive and reasons to tell the story. so, you know, once i heard that, then it's like, yes, go ahead. you know, of course i'll say some things, but you know, i didn't ever expect him to actually do any of the suggestions as long as i just said owns okay. so talk about, i know it is obvious when we, when we look off, all 3 of the in the you that your coaching, your background is going to be some quacks going to be different, some errands. i knew he asked me on youtube. people should be telling their own history, then have to wait for someone to tell the world your history. the way that you worked. ricky was really interesting. the way that you got into the community. there was a phrase in the states about is, is this person going to be invited to the cookout? you went to mexico and i think look out car is good for the rest of your life.
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a basically a wait for the rest of the work is you have a family gathering a would you invite someone from outside of your family outside of your culture? to come to that family gathering. that is the sort say, how did you get your lifetime invitation to the cookout ricky, what did you do? well, it really was, you know, as eric it was aaron. it was male who plays paris and the, and them are, it was all these folks about one by one, you know, to give eric credit. you know, he was the 1st one that said if you're going to come around, you gotta stay around, you know, and so i remember the 1st time i went down to fletcher street, he made me get up on a horse. he said, that's the 1st thing you do. you gotta prove that they up on or which that was my 1st time on a horse ever hand. i'm watching or arch card. it's terrifying, but i definitely did it. and then he, you know, you'd invite me to the barbecue, we would just hang out. but i was well aware of what it meant to be entrusted to be
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telling that story and why, you know, when i approached greg, i said collectively, we love your book. i loved a lot of think about the book one. i love the characters the way that there was an into the story. but i think it was going to be most helpful for the community that it was a fictionalized tale. that, that way we can incorporate fuller body like the legacy of fletcher street and all the cowboys and cowgirls. it was helpful for them to have this framework where we weren't trying to do like a documentary about the day. and so the process became really beautiful because all these voices became additive. and the more that they influenced the adaptation, the more i felt like it was going to be true and authentic in my delivery of it. because i said that the eric and mil, where my closest collaborators, that you know, i know i can direct, i know i can write, i know i have the talent, but i have not lived your stories. so you need to, i need to be a conduit for those for all those tail the now. so it's from sitting around
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a barbecue to. aaron took me to the auction. i mean, literally introducing me to anyone and everyone who i could sit and lend them here too. and that part of it was, was like 2 or 3 years of that was so beautiful. you did a lot of law getting in the silva do. yeah, i was i wanted you like what it was like from you having other people come in trying to tell the stories. oh, we're pretty, pretty much used to it. you see people come through all of the time and they get their little, ah, product or so this little short story, you know, they give you a check. they don't really, you know, care. so you know, when i met ricky, i'm like, ok, here we go. again. i was like, you know,
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getting to know him in and what they were about and you could tell who they were really genuine with everything they were doing. and they really care to even try to help take the next step because you these, you know, writers and everything that the community sees. you know, we don't have a voice sell him telling her story. and putting us out here means the world to us. and because it is an am forgotten culture that's in the process of being wiped away as we speak. so ricky, dan, the whole neighborhood family. they always have a cookout card and always and then opened up their personal doors to ask their their office is their home. so if you bear an amazing group, a gas threat, you got a town with his motto, neri is watching the show right now. i am guessing is a relative such
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a great movie, especially right now say congrats, ricky, and of course my bro here. brother. busy to say right aaron, aaron, can you talk about how many kids are involved in writing and talk about the funding needed? i would, i'm just going to put up this here, raising money for a permanent stable. if you watch the movie, your see the cowboys and the cowboys. they lose their home, but they say we never lose our family like we are family. but if you look here, where posted as well on, i ha, streams, twitter page raising money for a permanent stable so that you can support the real life cowboys and cowgirls of philadelphia. ricky, greg, aaron, it's been fun writing with the to day. thank you so much. you to was. thank you for the questions. ah, the number one hit film on netflix. right here are my laptop, concrete, cowboy, thanks for watching everybody. i see you next time. ah
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