Shooting the Enemy

old photos of Flavor-Flav and Chuck D

Harry Allen presents "Shooting the Enemy”, a public lecture in which he screens many of the photographs he made in the early 1980s before becoming a working journalist. These images—of Chuck D, Flavor-Flav, Bomb Squad leader Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, and others—were created several years before Public Enemy existed, and long before their place in music history was assured. Thus, they enable real insight into an important part of music history in its raw, unformed state.

Allen will speak about getting involved in photography; meeting Chuck D and the rest at Adelphi U.; and growing in hip-hop with them—an education at the feet of, arguably, some of the culture’s most potent masters. Audiences who’ve seen the images—whether at his original Eyejammie Fine Arts exhibition in 2007, or at these lecture events—recount their innocence and freshness, their humor, and how black & white pictures, which we see less and less these days, project a sharp, visceral quality.

Free and open to the public

Harry Allen, Hip-Hop Activist & Media Assassin, publishes the blog Media Assassin at There he writes about race, politics, and culture, much as he does for VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, and other publications, and has been doing so for over twenty years.

As an expert covering hip-hop culture, he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, the BBC, and other information channels. Others know him for his long-time association with the seminal band Public Enemy, and for his widely-heard “cameo” on their classic record, “Don’t Believe the Hype.” 

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