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Spread Love: Veneno In Theaters

Jack Veneno was the man. By far, the most well known Dominican wrestler of all time, Jack Veneno is held in an almost mythic regard by so many Dominicans of a certain era. Now his stirring story is on the big screen. Washington Heights’ own Manny Perez, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the famed wrestler, channels the volatile wrestler in another stand out performance. Directed by Tabare Blanchard and boasting an outstanding cast that includes Pepe Sierra, Yamile Scheker, Ovandy Camilo and Jaime Pina among others, Veneno, Primera Caida: El Relampago De Jack is a testament to the growth and development of the Dominican Film industry. The Dominican Republic is making great films. Go support this one NOW.

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Vibrant Opposition at BP’s Inwood Rezoning Hearing | City Limits

By Abigail Savitch-Lew

Borough President Gale Brewer’s hearing on the Inwood rezoning on April 10, 2018. (Photo: Abigail Savitch-Lew)

Borough President Gale Brewer’s hearing on the Inwood rezoning on April 10, 2018. (Photo: Abigail Savitch-Lew)

On Tuesday night, residents packed the auditorium of IS. 218 for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s hearing on the de Blasio administration’s proposed Inwood rezoning, with most testifiers speaking passionately against the proposal.

The Inwood rezoning is the fifth rezoning sponsored by the de Blasio administration to move through the multi-stage public review process known as ULURP through which a rezoning is approved or disproved. On March 20, the local community board voted against the proposal and enumerated an array of specific recommendations. The borough president will be issuing her own recommendation on April 25, after which the City Planning Commission, and finally the City Council, will make the ultimate and binding decisions.

There was an energy in the crowded auditorium both fiery and confident, buoyant and creative. Each person who came up to the mic to speak in opposition rode a wave of cheering and applause back to their seat. Someone with a set of markers was pumping out alluring posters. One activist brought bulk quantities of chocolate banana bread, soup and lentils to share as testifiers grew hungry. And then, lining the back of the auditorium, there were the balloons: six gigantic letters, in gold and silver, spelling out “VOTE NO.”

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From Inwood To Vietnam

Edward Hagan was only 22 years old when he left the comforts of his beloved Inwood neighborhood to serve as an American military advisor to the South Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. In his riveting essay in The Irish Echo, Mr. Hagan brings to life the thriving Irish Inwood of the late 1960’s. The author colorfully informs us that there were, “73 Irish bars north of Dyckman Street.” The piece tells of chance encounters in Vietnam with other folks from Inwood that were fighting and dying in the jungles of South East Asia. The article is also a potent and pertinent reminder of the ultimate folly of military adventurism.

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Junot Díaz Opens Up About Being Sexually Molested As A Child

Even superheroes have human frailties. Pulitzer Award winning author Junot Díaz penned a powerful piece in The New Yorker about being sexually molested as a child. The repeated rape by a relative left the young Junot adrift, depressed and suicidal. The missive provides a window into the life of a brilliant but troubled author whose past remains ever present. It is an absolute must-read that lifts the veil of shame, self-hatred and denial felt by so many people that are sexually abused. Shout out to Junot for writing such a personal, poignant and courageous piece.

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FriENEMY Lines | Manhattan Times

By Andrea Arroyo

When the #MeToo movement came into the American consciousness last year, I felt like I could finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was sure public acknowledgment of the prevalence of sexual violence was going to generate a cultural shift that would change women’s lives for the better.

I was energized by the women who raised their voices and by a world that listened. Yes, change is happening; we are finally moving forward.

Although it will never be easy, women will feel safe enough to speak out when we are harassed, assaulted or discriminated against, and we will be believed and supported.

I was shocked back into reality recently, when a man who I considered a close friend for decades groped me as his wife and my husband were looking away. In that instant, with a blatant violation of my boundaries, he crossed over into enemy lines.

Like every woman I’ve spoken to, I have been the target of this kind of sexual violence before. But it seemed impossible that a friend, who is a prominent changemaker, would do something so vile to me. If I am not safe around my best friends – “the good guys” – am I safe anywhere?

When I confronted him, he apologized (kind of) while doing his best to manipulate me into feeling sorry for him, which I did.

Read more: FriENEMY Lines | Manhattan Times

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