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Two Beale Street Flippers and Their Amazing Flip for Peace

Robert Odell Jr. has lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee, for several years. He enjoys sharing the rich cultural heritage of his city.

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Most people on earth want peaceful living. The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee, trained, groomed, and inspired two athletes. The duo displayed their fantastic talents by turning flips in "A Flip for Peace," a public service short film about a nonviolent way to settle a disagreement.

They Agree to Settle With a Flip

“A Flip for Peace” deals with settling a dispute. Controversy ensues between two teams on the public basketball court. Eager to play, each team believes they are next. Both sides agree to let a flip decide which group will gain the next game-play. While waiting on the coin toss, one side realizes they agreed to do the best acrobatic flip. They lose by default because they cannot do acrobatic flips and humbly wait until the next spot opens up.

A flip must settle an argument about the next play on the basketball court, but what kind of flip?

A flip must settle an argument about the next play on the basketball court, but what kind of flip?

Acrobatic Flips

The Beale Street Flippers taught the athletes acrobatic flips. An acrobatic flip starts with a handspring. While airborne, an individual rotates one or more times, landing upright on two feet. The acrobatic stunts of The Beale Street Flippers are incredible, and even more surprising is where they flip. The Beale Street Flippers jump on rugged, uneven cobblestone streets. Seeing them perform without a trampoline or net is a wonder that will take your breath away.

Breathtaking Acrobatic Stunts

The Beale Street Flippers jump on hard and uneven cobblestone streets.

The Beale Street Flippers jump on hard and uneven cobblestone streets.

Beale Street Flippers History

The Beale Street Flippers:

  • Kicked off with Rarecas "Rod" Bonds, who started flipping at age six
  • Began in the 1980s, right after the Beale Street renovations in Memphis
  • Included brothers and cousins
  • Performed in Canada, Germany, and China

The Athletes Perform on Cobblestones

The Guinness Book of World Records

On September 02, 2007, The Beale Street Flippers made The Guinness Book of World Records for the most extended backflip. The flip was 3 meters 75 centimeters (12 feet 3 inches). The solo team member, who performed the record-setting feat, did so while flipping over a row of seven crouching men.

Prestige and Fame

The variety of Beale Street tourists from different parts of the world spread the news of The Beale Street Flippers. As a result, the athletes gained prestige and fame.

National and International Recognition

The Beale Street Flippers got worldwide recognition by performing at NBA games and college half-time shows.

The Beale Street Flippers got worldwide recognition by performing at NBA games.

The Beale Street Flippers got worldwide recognition by performing at NBA games.

America's Got Talent

On Tuesday, August 11, 2009, America's Got Talent showcased The Beale Street Flippers. They amazed the entire nation as they advanced to round four of the program.

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Should They Have Won?

New Opportunities

As the cohorts of founder Rarecas Bonds continue to groom, train, and mentor each generation of Beale Street Flippers, new and exciting opportunities come their way.

The flippers from Beale Street have flipped:

  • At Baseball stadiums
  • Trade show events
  • Business conferences
  • Festivals
  • Weddings

Financial Security

Many of The Beale Street Flippers grew up in poverty. They lived in the dangerous part of town, known as "the hood." Beale Street has spawned a legitimate form of financial security for the well-trained acrobats from Memphis.

Inspired to Flip

If you ask The Beale Street Flippers and those mentored by them what stimulates them to indulge in the art of acrobatic flipping, you will hear what they have said to many fans.

The inspiration for the spellbinding flippers is to flip for their children, family, and themselves.

Two inspired athletes mentored by The Beale Street Flippers appeared in a public service short film entitled "A Flip for Peace."

Two inspired athletes mentored by The Beale Street Flippers appeared in a public service short film entitled "A Flip for Peace."

New Generations

The young athletes' talent in the public service commercial, A Flip for Peace, shows that Memphis, Tennessee's Beale Street Flippers, are coming into their own. They are exploring new entertainment venues and neighborhood involvement projects.

As they live out their dreams, The Beale Street Flippers continue to mentor, train, groom, inspire, and pass their skills to new generations of athletes. Their passion for flipping spawned an amazing flip for peace, a bright future for themselves, and wonders for the world to see.

The Beale Street Flippers continue to mentor, train, and pass down their skills to new generations of athletes.

The Beale Street Flippers continue to mentor, train, and pass down their skills to new generations of athletes.

Sources

A. (2009, August 11). Americas Got Talent - Beale Street Flippers - Quarter-Finals Performance. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/vQRXzCm-7tc

ODELL, R. (2016, April 28). Flip For Peace. Retrieved December 03, 2020, fromhttps://youtu.be/t7_N4rZDa5A

S. (2014, September 03). America's got talent 2009 Beale Street Flippers audition. Retrieved December 03, 2020, from https://youtu.be/kYebguZG9uE

W. (2007, September 01). Longest backflip world record 3m 75cm Beale Street flippers. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/cSTadSLxSvs

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Robert Odell Jr

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