FIGHTING FOR THE SLAVE: a photo essay
The Slave Theater on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy is a place with a storied past and a complicated present. Started by John Phillips (a k a “The Kung-Fu Judge”) in 1984, the theater became a hotbed of black activism throughout the rest of the decade. The theater’s official operations stopped in 1998, and since Phillips’s death in 2008, there has been an ongoing fight over the property between Phillips’s estate and Clarence Hardy, a longtime friend of Phillips. The estate is trying to sell the property, while Hardy wants it to become a theater again.