Beat Street is one of my all time favorite films. I went to see it at the Alpine theater on Dykman in ’84 for my birthday. It blew me away for many reasons, but mainly because that’s where I first laid eyes on b-girl Baby Love. She was the only female battling with the Rock Steady Crew in the legendary Roxy battle scene. Baby Love was, back then, the epitome of what it meant to be fresh to death. In her, I saw a Latina who looked like me up on the big screen and she was flossing the way all my tween girlfriends and I tried too back then.
I met Baby Love tonight at my home-skillet Rokafella’s documentary screening for All The Ladies Say at the Bronx Museum. It brought be back to ’84. I only wish Lee jeans were still $11.99. I bought a pair six years ago for $80. It’s a different world. Here’s to nostalgia. Sigh.
Flashback to ’84: “Hey You” features Baby Love.