On the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast the crew chop it up about the Que Leon movie premiere, the Facetime bug and Tom Brokaw’s controversial and condescending comments about Latinos. The special guest this week is Jonathan Fernandez of Love and Hip Hop.
If you have not seen Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner, it is one of the great low brow joys of our time. Mr. Eichner basically walks around asking people stupid questions. Believe me; it is much funnier than it sounds. Well, guess what? Uptown superhero, Lin-Manuel Miranda, dropped in to join in on the merriment. While the show is usually quite funny, the episode with Lin is must-see TV. Trust me, this is will be the best 5 minutes you have spent online in a long time.
While Corvain Cooper sits in a prison cell in California facing a life sentence for marijuana-related charges, he is dealing with the reality that he may never be reunited with his family again or get a second chance at life outside of prison. Nearly 3,000 miles away in Atlanta, Robert Stovall was sentenced to 12 months in prison for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and is in the same predicament. Stories like theirs have become a common narrative for many black folks across the country—especially in New York City.
Forty years ago, Eddie Ellis and a group of incarcerated men named The Think Tank at Green Haven Prison in New York issued the “Seven Neighborhoods Study,” which revealed that 85 percent of the state’s prison population was black or Latino and 75 percent came from seven NYC neighborhoods—Harlem, the Lower East Side, South/Central Bronx, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York and South Jamaica.
Decades later, the alarming trend related to race, incarceration, marijuana and a racist criminal justice system still impacts our communities today. According to a report entitled “A Fair Approach to Marijuana” released by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, over the course of the first three months in 2018, 89 percent of nearly 4,000 individuals arrested for marijuana possession in the city were black or Latino. Furthermore, in the year 2017, black and Latino people accounted for 93 percent of marijuana convictions, 87 percent of marijuana arrests and 72 percent of marijuana summonses.
Regina Smith serves as the executive director of the Harlem Business Alliance. She is a fierce advocate for equity in the economic, social and political justice spaces for the black community. Follow the Harlem Business Alliance on Twitter.
Spanglish Movies is back with another hot film. After making waves with its debut in the Dominican Republic and Puerto, Que León is coming to the states today, Friday, January 25, 2019. The film marks the first acting role for Reggaeton sensation Ozuna and boasts a stellar cast of some serious talent such as Clarissa Molina, Celines Toribio, Raymond Pozo and Miguel Céspedes to name just a few. Directed by Frank Perozo, Que León is a feel good film that will have you laughing from the beginning to the very end. The movie also does an excellent job of highlighting the rugged beauty of the Dominican Republic. The island is very much a character in the film.
The Dominican film industry has been growing by leaps and bounds and Que León represents a major development in that trajectory. Que León is the first Caribbean film to reach 25 countries and in the United states to reach 15 states, 35 cities and 65 theaters in its premiere in theaters. With that said, it is imperative that we support that growth, which will ensure that these types of films continue to be made. So get your tickets ASAP and let your people know that they have to see Que León.
By the way, word on the street is that Que León 2 is already in the works. Stay tuned…
The queen of clap back has once again dragged the racist, dangerously incompetent buffoon in the Oval Office. Miss Pelosi if you’re nasty just pimp slapped Trump like the Putin prostitute that he is. This is her house and his nasty ass isn’t invited.
Please take your time to process this.
Nancy Pelosi just cancelled the State of the Union speech like a boss. That has never happened before. This is a first. No House Speaker has ever had the temerity to disinvite a President from this vital agenda setting opportunity. She did that. Nancy is not giving any fucks.
Nerds of color rejoice! The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invites comic book fans of all ages to participate in its 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, January 18 from 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration for both days is free and is open to the public. Each year, the Schomburg’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds for two days of programming and activities. The highly anticipated community event includes interactive panel discussions, a vendor marketplace featuring exclusive titles by Black creators, a cosplay show, and more. Black Comic Book Festival participants are encouraged to wear their favorite cosplay costumes and to register on-site for the annual cosplay show. Participants are also invited to contribute to the Schomburg Center’s growing collection of Black independent comic books by bringing single copies of old or new titles from their home collection. All donations will become a part of the Schomburg’s unique and growing archive documenting Black comix and the Black speculative arts movement. The Schomburg Center’s 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival art was created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, writer and creator of La Borinqueña. For festival updates, follow the Schomburg Center on Twitter and Instagram @SchomburgCenter. Use the hashtag #BlackComicBookFest to track the festivities.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — An old school brawl broke out on Tuesday, January 8 between cops and two suspects on 169th Street and Broadway. Transit police confronted Aaron Grissom, 36, and Sidney Williams, 37, in response to complaints from subway passengers that the two men were bothering people.
That is when mayhem ensued. The video illustrates that the verbal conflict quickly escalated to an all out scuffle as the police responded with force to the provocation of the two suspects. The cops on the scene were quickly joined by other police officers that proceeded to repeatedly beat one of the suspects with batons. An undercover cop also kicked one of the suspects.
The NYPD released the following statement: “The males refused to comply and when officers moved to initiate arrest, they resisted and one of the males attempted to punch the officers. During the attempt to subdue and take the offenders into custody, two detectives and an off-duty police officer came to the assistance of the uniformed officers.”
According to the police the two suspects were involved in a similar situation at the same train station recently.
After “exhaustive and ultimately futile” requests for the city to thoroughly examine the impacts of rezoning Inwood, Northern Manhattan residents filed a lawsuit against the city earlier this month alleging, among other things, that the city’s review process was “profoundly negligent.”
Residents also claim that the city’s past rezoning predictions are demonstrably inaccurate – with wide-ranging implications on safety, schools and demographics.
“From the research that I’ve done, this is the first lawsuit of its kind,” said Philip Simpson, an Inwood resident who is one of the petitioners in the suit.
The rezoning affects a 59-block area. The city projects that by 2032, the rezoning will add 4,348 new residential units, and estimates that between 1,325 to 1,563 units of those will be affordable units. This is expected to add 12,088 new residents, increasing the population by 28 percent. The rezoning is also supposed to add 1.1 million square feet of commercial space and 500,000 square feet of community space.
Many residents, including Simpson, as well as community organizations and local businesses, have demanded that the city conduct a wide-ranging socio-economic analysis considering the displacement of low-income tenants; the impact on preferential rents; the displacement on women and minority-owned businesses; and the resulting traffic congestion that could detain emergency vehicles.
Okay, what you are about to read might make you really mad. But the MTA has decided to upset the apple-cart in a big way. Please do not read any further if you easily fly off the handle. This is not for the faint of heart. But this little bit of news is a recipe for a few years of utter and complete commuting hell for Uptowners. So without further ado, here it is ladies and gentlemen. Beginning 12:01 am on Saturday, January 5, 2019 the 1 Train will not stop in either direction at the 168 Street Station for replacement of the elevators. The disruption is scheduled to last until early 2020 but knowing the MTA we may never see that station ever again. It gets worse, the 181 Street on the A line will also shutdown for a “year” starting in October of 2019. Then it’s the 191 Street 1 station in February 2021 followed by the 190 Street A station in November 2020. Lastly, the 181 Street 1 station starting in March 2021. While we fully understand these stations are over due for repairs but this will cause untold headaches for the people of Uptown.