Set It Off
In addition to the start of the Harlem Justice Corps, Friday also marked the opening of the Barclays Center, a new stadium that will house the Brooklyn Nets as well as various concerts and other events. I'm a Brooklyn resident and a basketball fan, so I have followed the development of the stadium with some interest. My interest was heightened by the fact that I live a few blocks away from the stadium so its success or failure will directly impact the quality of my life.
The arena opened with a concert by Brooklyn's most famous rapper, Jay-Z. I didn't get tickets, but I took my daughters to soak up the atmosphere outside the building. It was a fun occasion -- there was nice spirit on the streets. Inside, Jay-Z paid tribute to the golden era of hip-hop by giving Big Daddy Kane, one of my all-time favorite rappers, a share of his spotlight. Big Daddy Kane appears around the 6 minute mark in this video shot by an amateur cameraman.