Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Stevie Wonder in Brooklyn

Stevie Wonder Takes Over Brooklyn

Artists and media makers now have a new home in Brooklyn, The BRIC Arts Media. The $41 million dollar project houses art galleries, studios and a broadcasting center. Last month they celebrated all things Stevie Wonder. Check out all the fun they had below.

Ruby Walks in Hunts Point

Civil Rights Heroine Ruby Bridges Now Walks in the Bronx

*Below is an excerpt of a story I wrote for The Hunts Point Express, a Bronx-based newspaper. You can read the full story by clicking on the link at the end.* Pedestrians on Hunts Point Avenue next to Bruckner Boulevard can now walk with a civil rights heroine by their side. A multi-paneled mural depicting six-year-old Ruby […]

Andre and Drea

Foto Friday – Single Dad in the City

Andre Lythcott raises his four children in the South Bronx. He says it’s difficult providing for his children while on public assistance. Although grateful, Lythcott says with four kids it’s not enough. He says, “I think it’s a system designed to keep people down.”

Odd Jobs: Boat Building in The Bronx

It’s not everyday you run into a boat maker in the Bronx. I took a row on the surprisingly serene Bronx River with West African immigrant Sekou Kroamh. Sekou left his country of Guinea four years ago, where he enjoyed working with his hands to build houses. Now he’s in New York working with his […]

Foto Friday: Puerto Rican Roots Music

A random Friday night in East Harlem, the band Yerbabuena plays Puerto Rican roots music, Bomba y Plena. Bomba is percussion-based and comes from enslaved Africans on the island in the 17th century. Plena was created from Bomba in the 20th century. Together the sounds make up the soundtrack of the Afro-Puerto Rican experience. Catch […]

Flags Up at the West Indian Day Parade

Foto Friday: The West Indian Day Parade

With roasted corn, over-the-top carnival threads, and every flag from the Caribbean imaginable, this past Monday New York celebrated the 46th West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn. Here is a glimpse of the scene as flags waved high to show Caribbean pride. Even a short stint of rain couldn’t stop these parade-goers.

Cake Divas in Harlem

Women Who Work: Cake Divas in East Harlem

Strolling in East Harlem on a Sunday, I was drawn by a small bakery which claimed to have “the best Pumpkin Cake in the World.” You know I had to go in! I was surprised to find it was Aroma’s Boutique and Bakery on 116th and 1st Avenue. It holds a story of a woman […]

African in New York

Music: African in New York – The Immigrant Experience

Ghanaian artist Blitz the Ambassador talks the immigrant experience in New York with his new song “African in New York.” The song already grabbed my heart with an intro from one of my favorite movies, Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

What’s In Your Hand – Advice from Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

I just finished up a week at the Schomburg’s Summer Education Institute, where educators convene every July to learn about content and strategies to teach Black History in the classroom. Though I’m no longer a classroom teacher, I still find the content engaging, not to mention inspiring. One of the great aspects of the Education […]

The 7 train rolls by 5 Pointz

Art + Activism: Saving 5 Pointz

  I recently took to the graffiti mecca 5 Pointz, as I got word on twitter that it will be torn down this year to make way for luxury apartments. Over 350 murals can be seen decorating the five story industrial complex in Long Island City (LIC), Queens. The name 5 Pointz symbolizes artists coming […]