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Beale Street Flippers from Memphis, TN "Flip For Peace"

Updated on March 16, 2017
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Robert Odell, Jr. enjoys sharing the rich history and culture of Memphis, Tennessee where he has lived and worked for several years.

Who Are The Beale Street Flippers?

Using no trampoline or net, The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts.

Performing nearly every day on the cobblestones of Beale Street in Memphis,Tennessee; The Beale Street Flippers show amazing talent and athletic prowess.

Breath Taking Acrobatics

The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts.
The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts. | Source

Flippers Perform On Beale St. Cobblestones

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Using no trampoline or net, The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts on the cobblestone streets of Beale in Memphis, TN.

Flipping On Cobblestones

Using no trampoline or net, The Beale Street Flippers perform breath-taking acrobatic stunts.

Flip For Peace

Two athletes, who were trained and groomed by The Beale Street Flippers, appear in a public service commercial entitled Flip For Peace.

In the public service commercial, Flip For Peace, a dispute on the basketball court is settled in a peaceful way. It is decided that the team which wins by a flip will gain the next down (game play). One team; however, misinterprets the type of "flip" and is unable to comply, thereby losing the next down (game play).

A Disput Is To Be Settled By Flipping

A dispute, about the next play on the basketball court, is agreed to be settled with a "flip".
A dispute, about the next play on the basketball court, is agreed to be settled with a "flip". | Source

Flip For Peace

Some Beale Street Flippers from Memphis, Tennessee were able to "Flip For Peace" in a video. In the video a dispute, about the next play on the basketball court, is agreed to be settled with a "flip". One team misinterprets the type of "flip" and is unable to comply; thereby, losing the next play.

Beyond Memphis, Tennessee

The notoriety of The Beale Street Flippers has spread beyond the confines of the Memphis street that has fostered their name.

Internationally Known

The Beale Street Flippers have gained national and international recognition by performing at NBA and college conference half-time shows.

The flippers amazed the entire nation as they advanced to the quarterfinals on the nationally televised "America's Got Talent" television show in 2009.

The Beale Street Flippers:

  • Were created by Rarecas Williams (flipping since age 6)
  • Began in the 1980's right after the renovation of Beale Street in Memphis
  • Consist mostly of brothers and cousins
  • Are in The Guinness Book of World Records
  • Have performed internationally in Canada, Germany, and China

The Beale Street Flippers Are World Famous

The Beale Street Flippers have gained national and international recognition by performing at NBA and college conference basketball half-time shows.
The Beale Street Flippers have gained national and international recognition by performing at NBA and college conference basketball half-time shows. | Source

Why Do They Flip?

As founder Rarecas Williams continues to groom, train, and mentor each generation of Beale Street Flippers, new and exciting opportunities open up for them.

The Flippers from Beale Street have:

  • Flipped at baseball stadiums
  • Flipped at trade show events
  • Flipped at business conferences
  • Flipped at festivals and
  • Flipped at weddings

Flipping has opened up many doors for these athletics from "the hood".

The Beale Street Flippers Were On America's Got Talent

The Beale Street Flippers advanced to the quarterfinals on America's Got Talent. The show was aired on Tuesday August 11, 2009.

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The Real Inspiration

A "Flip For Peace" may be one thing that can inspire the Flippers from Beale Street.

If you ask The Beale Street Flippers what really inspires them, they will say that they:

  • Flip for their children
  • Flip for their families and
  • Flip for themselves.

Inspired To Flip

The Flippers from Memphis, Tennessee may have been inspired to "Flip For Peace"; however, what really inspires The Beale Street Flippers is to flip for their children, to flip for their families and to flip for themselves.

New Generations

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. | Source

New Generations Of Memphis, Tennessee Beale Street Flippers

The talent that the young athletes portrayed in the public service commercial, Flip For Peace, is an indication that The Beale Street Flippers from Memphis, Tennessee will be around for generations to come.

The future looks bright for The Beale Street Flippers as they continue to mentor, train, groom, and pass down their skills to new generations of athletes.

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