RIP Grandmaster Jim Kelly..One of the Martial Arts Iconic Figures Has Passed

30 Jun

Davey D's Hip Hop Corner

Jim KellyJust got word, one of the greatest and most influential martial artists Jim Kelly aka Blackbelt Jones has passed away.. I recall seeing Jim Kelly as a kid alongside Bruce Lee.. His presence was appreciated and inspired many, especially at a time when Black folks were really into defining themselves on their own terms..When we talk about the influence Bruce Lee and his movies had on Hip Hop, we can’t really have that conversation and not include Jim Kelly..

believe it or not I knew Jim Keely not just for his martial arts movies, but also because he played tennis, which was my sport growing up.. Him and basketball great Dr J played tennis.. and that was an inspiration to me..

Not sure why he passed, as far as I knew, he wasn’t sick, but for far too many of us, we hadn’t been checking for him the way we…

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10 Responses to “RIP Grandmaster Jim Kelly..One of the Martial Arts Iconic Figures Has Passed”

  1. Kushite Prince June 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM #

    A true icon! He will be greatly missed. I have a few of his films.

    • hunglikejesus June 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM #


      When we were kids, my cousins and I would watch those movies and soon as it went off we would swear we knew karate. We would be running around kicking and chopping and all kind stuff.

      That whole era is special to me because it represents me coming into some kind of social awareness. You younguns missed out, now you all have Lil Wayne and Rick Ross to emulate. Damn shame.

      • Kushite Prince July 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM #

        You’re right about that. The music today is total garbage! Lil Wayne,T.I.,Young Jeezy,Fat Joe,Nicki Minaj,Drake,Ace Hood,2 Chains,Tyga are all mind pollution. I liked it better when KRS ONE,Public Enemy,Jungle Brothers,Brand Nubian and X Clan were popular. They had a more black conscious mindset in those days. But the Jew controlled industry put a stop to that. They replaced Chuck D with Kanye West. A damn shame is right!

        • hunglikejesus July 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM #

          I can remember when real Black culture was Saturday in Rock Creek Park. Families were gathered around grills and lovers walked hand-in-hand. Fathers tossed sons up in the air and the RBG was strong and ALWAYS in the background frame by Issac Hayes. Now…..gunshots and bullshit is what they call black.

  2. Amarie July 3, 2013 at 10:48 PM #

    Wow Jim Kelly was supabad back in the day:)

    • hunglikejesus July 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM #

      Yes, he was the man. He always seemed bigger than life to me, much like all the Black actors in that era.

      The difference between now and then, when a Black actor had a major role, the whole neighborhood would go to the theater. I remember the first movie I ever saw at “the movies”. It was Lady Sings the Blues, and all that day we talked about going to the movies that night with family and friends. It was an event. Black people used to really love being around other Black people back then.

  3. honeytreebee July 6, 2013 at 3:06 AM #

    Hey Jesus, I used to love watching this on Wednesdays with my homemade fried rice and what not. How this brings back memories. Will be so sorely missed.

    • hunglikejesus July 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM #

      To me, the ones left behind are in need of the tears. The ones that moved on are free of this mess.

      Fried (homemade) rice sounds kinda good right now.

      Thank you sis for stopping by.

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