A Flip for Peace, Inspired by the Beale Street Flippers
Peace is something that the majority of people on earth aspire to constantly cultivate. Peace, however, is often elusive. Two athletes, who were trained, groomed, and inspired by The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee did a flip for peace. The agile duo displayed great acrobatic prowess when they appeared in a public service advertisement entitled A Flip for Peace.
In the commercial A Flip for Peace, a dispute on the basketball court is to be settled in a peaceful way. It is decided that the team which wins by a flip will gain the next down (game play). Thinking that a coin needs to be tossed, one team misinterprets the type of flip and is unable to comply. As a result, they lose the next down (game play).
Settled with a Flip
Some athletes who were trained, groomed, and inspired by The Beale Street Flippers of Memphis, Tennessee were able to do a flip 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 agreed to be settled with a flip. One team misinterprets the type of flip and is unable to comply, thereby losing the next play.
The athletes appearing in the commercial, A Flip for Peace, we're trained and groomed by 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 amazing 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 Beale Street 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 Sept. 02, 2007 The Beale Street Flippers made The Guinness Book of World Records for the longest back flip. 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 seven, crouching men who were in a line.
Beyond Beale Street
The notoriety of The Beale Street Flippers has spread beyond the confines of the Memphis street that has fostered their name.
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, tough, 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.
The Real Inspiration
Performing in a commercial called A Flip for Peace may be one thing that can inspire the flippers from Beale Street, but their deepest inspiration is heartfelt and deeply personal.
If you ask The Beale Street Flippers what really motivates them to flip you will probably hear what they have already said to many fans.
The incredible Beale Street athletes say that they are inspired to:
- Flip for their children
- Flip for their families
- Flip for themselves
Inspired to Flip
The flippers from Memphis, Tennessee may have been inspired to flip in the commercial A Flip for Peace; however, the deepest inspiration for these athletes from "the hood" is to flip for their children, to flip for their families, and to 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 constantly 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