Ezekiel and Ra-Ra wearing chucks in the park.
In the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970’s, life is rough and fast. Gangs are running rampant as landlords burn building complexes to collect the insurance money. Kids growing up here are looking for anyway to make money and get out. A group of friends, led by a poet who is looking for hope in a hopeless place, discover a musical revolution is brewing in the streets, while the poet’s love interest pursues her dreams of getting out of the Bronx for good, and becoming the next disco diva. It’s a story of music, love, and hustle in the Netflix series The Get Down.
Ezekiel gets his hand on a gift for Mylene.
Ezekiel (Justice Smith) is a teenager living in the Bronx with his aunt and her boyfriend. He’s friends with the Kipling Brothers, Ra-Ra (Skylan Brooks), Boo Boo (T.J. Brown Jr), & Dizzee (Jaden Smith). He has one goal in life and that is to get with the love of his life, Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola), the daughter of the local Puerto Rican pastor who dreams of being a disco singing star. Along the way Ezekiel meets the local urban legend and graffiti artist, Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore), who introduces him and the Kiplings to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in the Bronx. Being the late 70’s, Chuck Taylor’s are heavily in style with Ezekiel sporting a royal blue pair throughout the show, and Ra-Ra wearing a green pair in the pilot. During the show’s six episode Part One, people in the background are seen wearing chucks often.
The revolution is happening in the Bronx.
Some key episodes to check out include Episode 1: Where There Is Ruin, There Is Hope For A Treasure, which sets the tone for the show incredibly well, and Episodes 5: You Have Wings, Learn To Fly and Episode 6: Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice each bring all the major elements of the show to a satisfying close while simultaneously making the viewer anticipate the start of Part Two in 2017.
Cassettes and chucks.
Onlookers watch as Shaolin breakdances.
Chucks on the dance floor.
Ezekiel writing on the subway.
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