Flipping to End Controversy
Peace can be elusive, but a pair of athletes, mentored, trained, groomed, and inspired by The Beale Street Flippers, are making headway in a public service commercial entitled A Flip for Peace.
A Flip for Peace is a commercial about a dispute on the basketball court. Controversy ensues when two teams, eager to play, feel they are next in line on the public basketball court. The opposing sides agree to let a flip determine which group will gain the next down (gameplay). Thinking that a coin is about to be tossed, one side misinterprets the type of flip and is unable to comply. As a result, they have to wait a while longer until the next spot opens up.
Some athletes; trained, groomed, and inspired by The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee are flipping for peace in a public service advertisement called A Flip for Peace. In the commercial, a dispute about the next play on the basketball court is agreeably settled by a flip. One team misinterprets the type of flip and is unable to comply. As a result, they lose the next play.
The athletes appearing in the commercial have received training and grooming from The Beale Street Flippers. So who are The Beale Street Flippers?
Performing nearly every day on the cobblestones of Beale Street, in Memphis, Tennessee, The Beale Street Flippers show incredible talent and athletic proficiency. Using no trampoline or net, they perform breathtaking acrobatic stunts.
The Beale Street Flippers:
- Were created by Rarecas Williams, who started flipping at the age of 6
- Began in the 1980s right after the renovation of Beale Street in Memphis
- Have consisted mostly of brothers and cousins
- Have performed internationally in Canada, Germany, and China
The Beale Street Flippers use no trampoline or net and perform breathtaking acrobatic stunts on the cobblestone streets of Beale in Memphis, Tennessee.
Flippers Perform on Cobblestones
Using no trampoline or net, The Beale Street Flippers perform breathtaking acrobatic stunts on the cobblestone streets of Beale in Memphis.
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, which is over 12 feet 3 inches. The solo team member, who performed the record-setting feat, did so while flipping over sevn, crouching men who were in a line.
Although it has parented the name of the phenomenal athletes, Memphis has not squashed the notoriety of The Beale Street Flippers.
National and International Recognition
The Beale Street Flippers have gained national and international recognition by performing at NBA and college conference half-time shows.
America's Got Talent
The Beale Street Flippers advanced to the quarterfinals on the nationally aired television show America's Got Talent. The show was aired on Tuesday, August 11, 2009.
The flippers amazed the entire nation when they advanced to the quarterfinals on the nationally televised America's Got Talent television show in 2009.
Should They Have Won?
Do You Think the Beale Street Flippers from Memphis, Tennessee Should Have Won the 2009 America's Got Talent Contest?
As the cohorts of founder Rarecas Williams continue to groom, train, and mentor each generation of Beale Street Flippers, new and exciting opportunities continue to come their way.
The Flippers from Beale Street have:
- Flipped at baseball stadiums
- Flipped at trade show events
- Flipped at business conferences
- Flipped at festivals
- Flipped at weddings
Flipping has opened up many new doors for these athletics who have, mostly, grown up in the poverty-ridden, rough, robust, and dangerous part of town known as "the hood." Performing on Beale Street has spawned a legitimate form of financial security for the well-trained acrobats from Memphis.
Motivated to Flip
Performing in a commercial called A Flip for Peace may be one thing that can inspire the flippers from Beale Street. However; their most profound inspiration is heartfelt and deeply personal.
If you ask The Beale Street Flippers what motivates them to flip you will probably hear what they have already said to many fans.
The inspiration of the incredible Beale Street Flippers is to:
- Flip for their children
- Flip for their families
- Flip for themselves
The Real Inspiration
The flippers from Memphis display passion and inspiration as they perform in A Flip for Peace. The real inspiration for these athletes from "the hood" is heartfelt and deeply personal. They sincerely convey that they flip for their children, flip for their families, and flip for themselves.
Growing and Expanding
The talent that the young athletes display in the public service commercial, A Flip for Peace, is an indication that The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee are continually growing and expanding as they venture into new areas of entertainment and community involvement.
The future looks bright for The Beale Street Flippers. They are living out their dreams while at the same time, mentoring, training, grooming, inspiring, and passing down their skills to new generations of athletes.
A Flip for Peace [Advertisement]. (n.d.). Memphis, Tennessee: Public Television.
© 2015 Robert Odell Jr