Posts Tagged ‘Junot Diaz’

Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents We The People

Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents We The People

The indispensable People’s Theatre Project invites you to take part in WE THE PEOPLE: Youth Voices Centerstage, an artistic dialogue on social injustice impacting the community. It all goes down on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium (104 Haven Avenue). Admission is free but RSVP is required. […]


Hola a Lola | Manhattan Times

Hola a Lola | Manhattan Times

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar “I am pastelito con salchipapa.” The MacArthur Fellow and Pultizer Prize-winning writer almost got usurped by the beginners. Before Junot Díaz took to the stage at the United Palace this past Fri., Apr. 13th, a few young poets took to the mic and shared original verses. Those on and off the […]


Spread Love: Veneno In Theaters

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 […]


Junot Díaz Opens Up About Being Sexually Molested As A Child

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 […]


UPinion: “We must listen” | Manhattan Times

UPinion: “We must listen” | Manhattan Times

By Mino Lora Photo: E. Abreu Visuals I am a firm believer in the power of young people. They teach me and inspire me every single day; it is clear to me that their compassion, creativity and commitment is unmatchable. The March for Our Lives was the largest nationwide protest in this country demanding gun […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – “MA-Tell” me about it

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – “MA-Tell” me about it

Here they go again. This week the Latinos Out Loud crew chop it up about the Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll, Barbara Streisand’s cloned dog, Amazon’s Alexa totally eerie spontaneous laughter for no reason and so much more. This week’s special guest is Afro-Latina Comedienne, X-Mayo. We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Bunny Talk on Necker Island

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Bunny Talk on Necker Island

The hilarity continues on the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast. The crew chops it up about trips to the Dominican Republic, the rapper Bad Bunny, the Bermuda Triangle and burger flipping robots. The special guest this week is, drum roll please, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Dominican superhero, Junot Díaz. We invite […]


04/13/18: Junot Díaz Presents Islandborn @ The United Palace

04/13/18:  Junot Díaz Presents Islandborn @ The United Palace

Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, with United Palace of Cultural Arts, is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur fellow Junot Díaz, reading from his debut children’s picture book, Islandborn. In Islandborn, Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, and all the kids are excited—except Lola. […]


Junot Díaz talks shop uptown | Manhattan Times

Junot Díaz talks shop uptown | Manhattan Times

by Desiree Johnson and Gregg McQueen When Junot Díaz first shared with some closest to him that he wanted to be a writer, they were not exactly encouraging. “They laughed,” he recalled. “I definitely didn’t [become a writer] for my family’s approval.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, […]


12/10/17: The People’s Theatre Project Presents We The People

12/10/17: The People's Theatre Project Presents We The People

PEOPLE’S THEATRE PROJECT presents We The People Youth Voices Center Stage Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 5pm Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium Columbia University Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center 104 Haven Avenue People’s Theatre Project’s community actors take the stage to address social injustice in their world. The event features three interdisciplinary original theatrical […]


On Being: Junot Díaz Speaks About Radical Hope

On Being: Junot Díaz Speaks About Radical Hope

Listen up folks; you need this in your life right now. In these dark days of the Trump Tyranny, where everyday brings a new outrage, when it seems that decades of hard fought progress are being undone right before your eyes, you absolutely have to hear Junot Díaz talk to Krista Tippett of On Being […]


Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

Next From the Novelist Junot Díaz? A Picture Book | NY Times

By ALEXANDRA ALTER By his own admission, the novelist Junot Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. Over the past two-plus decades, he has published just three books: two short-story collections and his 2007 novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the Pulitzer Prize. He once spent about five […]


Spread Love: The People’s Theatre Project Presents Theatre Fun In The Sun

Spread Love: The People's Theatre Project Presents Theatre Fun In The Sun

This summer, People’s Theatre Project is offering free theatre activities in Payson Playground for kids ages 4 – 10 and their adult family members. You and your child (or grandchild!) will play fun games and work together with a professional teaching artist to make theatre inspired by our parks. Join us for one or more […]


Spread Love: The People Storm The Palace – A Social Justice Theatre Festival | May 18-23

Spread Love: The People Storm The Palace - A Social Justice Theatre Festival | May 18-23

That’s right folks. The people will once again storm the palace. In light of the Trump tyranny, this event is more crucial than ever. The People Storm the Palace is an annual social justice theatre festival brought to you by the People’s Theatre Project (PTP). PTP empowers the entire community, both young and old, to […]


Spread Love: One Book, One New York

Spread Love: One Book, One New York

Okay folks, you have until February 28th to vote for the book that will kick off the One Book, One New York citywide book club in March. The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment has chosen 5 outstanding titles for the inaugural installment of the book club. We are partial to Junot Diaz’s The […]


The Top 10 Posts of 2016

The Top 10 Posts of 2016

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) While the countdown to the coronation of you know who draws ever closer, it’s that time of year to take a look back at the Top Posts of 2016. By the way, we are super proud to have been chosen to Brick Underground’s 25 Best NYC Neighborhood Blogs of 2016 List. […]


Radical Hope | The New Yorker

Radical Hope | The New Yorker

By Junot Díaz Querida Q.: I hope that you are feeling, if not precisely better, then at least not so demoralized. On Wednesday, after he won, you reached out to me, seeking advice, solidarity. You wrote, My two little sisters called me weeping this morning. I had nothing to give them. I felt bereft. What […]


Save The Date: We The People – A Social Justice Theatre Festival – December 9-11

Save The Date: We The People - A Social Justice Theatre Festival - December 9-11

Mark your calendars folks, The People’s Theatre Project (PTP) presents We The People – A Social Justice Theatre Festival on December 9th thru the 11th. This is going to be big folks. We’re talking theatre, panels, workshops, films. People power in action. So make sure you gather your people for We The People. See you […]


Storm the Palace – The Recap

Storm the Palace – The Recap

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) We came, we saw, we stormed the palace. Hundreds of people came from far and wide to celebrate the community affirming work of the People’s Theatre Project at the magnificent United Palace this past Tuesday. For the people – by the people, succinctly sums up what the […]


Tonight We Storm The Palace…

Tonight We Storm The Palace...

Tonight we will storm the palace. We will storm the palace as a community united as one in the belief that the arts is our very lifeblood. That the arts in all of their wonderful incarnations must be valued, nourished and sustained. Especially in places like Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem. It is  undeserved communities […]


The Future Is Ours – A Q&A With Junot Díaz

The Future Is Ours - A Q&A With Junot Díaz

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Junot Díaz is a Dominican superhero. A mild-mannered M.I.T. professor by day, he is a criollo caped crusader with the escudo emblazoned on his chest by night. For the last couple of decades, Junot has lovingly rendered the truths, trials and tribulations of the Dominican Diaspora. With mighty strokes from his […]


05/09/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace – Josefina Baez

05/09/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace - Josefina Baez

Josefina Baez Monday, May 9th 6:30pm doors, 7pm show Performance takes place in the Palace Foyer FREE with RSVP, seating limited to 100. Josefina Baez is a storyteller, ArteSana, performer, writer, theatre director, educator, devotee and founder and director of Ay Ombe Theatre (1986-2016). Quite simply she is a genre-bending Dominican dynamo. She is best […]


Uptown Talk: The NYPL Podcast – Junot Diaz

Uptown Talk: The NYPL Podcast - Junot Diaz

With the publication of Drown in 1996, Junot Diaz became one of the most urgent voices in American fiction. A MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner, Diaz has published one novel and two collections of short stories, all which prominently feature voice-driven narrative and characters of Dominican descent negotiating life in America. Check out this […]


Uptown Tonight: The People Storm The Palace

Uptown Tonight: The People Storm The Palace

Tonight we storm the palace. The good folks at the People’s Theatre Project are having their annual benefit shindig and they are honoring Dominican super hero Junot Diaz and the director of community pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Dodi Meyer. You are going to want to be in attendance for this. Stop […]

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