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Beale Street Acrobats and a Flip for Peace

Updated on September 3, 2020
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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.

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People on earth need a peaceful life. Two athletes, trained, groomed, and inspired by The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee, did a flip for peace. They displayed their fantastic talents by turning flips in a public service commercial titled A Flip for Peace.

They Agree to Settle With a Flip

A Flip for Peace is a commercial dealing with an argument on the basketball court. Controversy ensues when two teams, eager to play, think they are next in line on the public basketball court. The opposing sides agree to let a flip decide which group will gain the next game-play. While waiting on a coin toss, one side realizes they agreed to do the best acrobatic flip. Because they can’t do acrobatic flips, the team unable to comply loses by default. As a result, they need to wait a while longer until the next spot opens.

A Flip for Peace is a commercial dealing with an argument on the basketball court. The Beale Street Flippers trained the two athletes in the ad.

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

Acrobatic Flips

The Beale Street Flippers trained both athletes in the ad to do acrobatic flips. An acrobatic flip starts with a handspring. While airborne, the person rotates one or more times. After turning, the performer lands upright on their feet. The acrobatic stunts of The Beale Street Flippers are amazing. Even more surprising is where they flip. The Beale Street Flippers jump on cobblestone streets, and those streets are hard, uneven, and rugged. Seeing them on Beale Street, doing acrobatic flips without a trampoline or net, 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. | Source

Beale Street Flippers History

The Beale Street Flippers:

  • Kicked off with Rarecas "Rod" Bonds, who started flipping at 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

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

The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee, show breathtaking acrobatic stunts on hard, uneven cobblestone streets.

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 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. They also flipped at 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. | Source

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.

The Beale Street Flippers amazed the entire nation when they advanced to the quarterfinals on America's Got Talent television show in 2009.

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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 incredible flippers is to flip:

  • For Children
  • Family and
  • Themselves

The Real Inspiration

The real motivation for The Beale Street Flippers is heartfelt and personal. They say that they flip for their children, flip for their families, and flip for themselves.

Two inspired athletes mentored by The Beale Street Flippers appeared in a public service commercial entitled A Flip for Peace.
Two inspired athletes mentored by The Beale Street Flippers appeared in a public service commercial entitled A Flip for Peace. | Source

New Areas and Generations

The talent that the young athletes display in the public service commercial, A Flip for Peace, shows that Memphis, Tennessee’s Beale Street Flippers, are developing as they venture into new entertainment and neighborhood involvement.

As they live out their dreams, the future looks bright for The Beale Street Flippers. They flip and continue to mentor, train, groom, inspire, and pass their skills to new generations of athletes.

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

Source

A Flip for Peace [Advertisement]. (n.d.). Memphis, Tennessee: Public Television.

© 2015 Robert Odell Jr

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