Have a great night watching, learning, listening (and dare we say, dancing to) the Afro-Puerto Rican dance and music form called Bomba y Plena, performed by Grammy-nominated and Smithsonian-recoginized Los Pleneros de la 21. And for a good cause. These steal-of-a-deal tickets ($15 regular, $10 students and children) directly fund the student-run CoSMO clinic (speared by Columbia University medical students) to buy medicine for uninsured patients in Washington Heights (100% of ALL proceeds go towards buying medicine for these patients). Everyone of all ages (families that means you too!) is welcome for a night of drums, dancing skirts, Afro-Latino history and good company. Don’t you want to learn about a dance form where your dance partner (and who you often square-off with) is the drum?
Those with an eye for art and graffiti legend will be happy to know that BlusterOne has designed a fundraising t-shirt for the event (light gray), $30 and fair-trade-made (100% proceeds go towards buying medicine for the clinic too). T-shirts available at the event, but if you are itching to ensure one is available, reserve one with Stephanie email@example.com
Okay, the details…
When? Thursday, February 25th at 7:30pm
Where? Alumni Auditorium, 650 W 168th Street on Fort Washington Avenue (A, C or 1 train to 168th or M5, B7, M100 or M4 bus. Check transit schedules/info beforehand).
“…Lastly, we end this week’s episode of Puerto Rican Voices with the spoken-word poet and hip-hop artist known as Chilo, as he walks through the streets of New York City. He performs two of his pieces while reflecting on how he came to appreciate his Puerto Rican heritage. Chilo’s work can be described as an homage to the experience of Puerto Ricans in the US as well as an attempt to reclaim the history of our ancestors. He also discusses El Grito de Poetas, the Latino poetry collective he founded in 2005.”
Nice piece on art, real estate, neighborhoods, displacement and the human story in gentrification.
Found this in Latina magazine, pointing out how Latino neighborhoods are most vulnerable, and particularly, ones with significant Puerto Rican rooted populations.
“At long last, after many efforts, I am happy to report there will be a Vanishing New York book. From the official trade announcement today:
“Blogger Jeremiah Moss’s VANISHING NEW YORK, a critique of the ills of hyper-gentrification and suburbanization of our cultural hubs, a rallying cry for how we can stop it (in New York and other cities around the world), and a lyrical look at why cities need souls.”
Many thanks to my agent, Anthony Mattero at Foundry Literary + Media, and to my editor, Denise Oswald at HarperCollins’ Dey Street Books, for taking a chance on a cranky blogger. And endless thanks to everyone who reads this blog, and keeps reading it (even though it’s depressing), for all your support over the years. I’m grateful that we’re all in it together.”
A college friend of Stephanie’s has launched a “doggie emotion sensor” that’s raising funds and getting some attention in the business and dog-lover world. Dog and app lovers can check out how the device works and how to get on on their site.
This recent article in the Gothamist highlights some of the glaring ailments of gentrification, white privilege and inner truths of so-called “liberalism”. How a white graffiti artist feels entitled to put up her piece on private property and lash out at the property owners with savior-complex threats of retaliation for not appreciating how her work makes their building “more profitable”. The short article picks up on these themes of gentrification:
-the double standard of white privilege: If Black and Latino kids had done the same act of graffiti, they’d have to worry about police retaliation
-how local economies are often not supported in the gentrification process, helping speed its spread
-the intimidation native (or long-term) residents, and residents of color, may feel in speaking out against the gentrifiers, particularly if they are white and/or are wealthier
-how a simple act of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. on the part of the graffiti artist could have changed this story from the beginning. Ask permission to do it first. And if you didn’t, APOLOGIZE for causing harm and hurt feelings when the owners express it. The story could have changed there, too. Instead the graffiti artist responded with a threat against the owners.
-how “beautification” of a neighborhood, and rising real estate prices do not always work to the benefit of all members of the community (and how beautification is often a code word that goes hand-in-hand with the gentrification process).
-the dangers of the perceived benevolence of white liberalism, that when put into a corner, can express itself in terms of a missionary (James Baldwin) savior complex in which the target community should feel indebted and inferior to.