Get Vaccinated Uptown…

So, this is how it happened. This past Tuesday, I went to www.myconnectnyc.org at approximately 3:50 pm. I created my account and had an appointment for 4:45 pm that same day. I could not believe that within 10 minutes I had an appointment and within the hour I would have my first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Upon arrival at the Armory, you are greeted by a bevy of folks dedicated to getting you in and out of there as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Everyone I encountered was helpful and knowledgeable and took the time to answer my many questions. The person that gave me my shot was super gracious and even assisted with my vaccine selfie for The Gram. Shout out to NYPH for making this process so seamless after some initial missteps. To my people, get your vaccine as soon as you qualify. Seniors, health care personnel, some essential workers as well as people with certain underlying health conditions are now eligible. This is the first step to defeating this scourge. Click below and make it happen.

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Afro-Latinx Revolution: Puerto Rico

In this new original documentary from theGrio, senior correspondent Natasha S. Alford (@natashasalford), traveled to Loiza, Puerto Rico during the 2019 summer of political unrest, where protesters ousted their governor.  Through interviews with locals residents, scholars, and historians, Alford tells the story of an “Afro-LatinX Revolution.”

Latin America and the Caribbean received 95 percent of the Africans stolen during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. But what does it mean to be a descendent of those Africans today, in a world where more voices are calling out racism in Latin America? Why do some Black Latinos call themselves “Afro-LatinX” and why do some others dislike the term? And do Afro-Puerto Ricans face similar struggles with policing, discrimination, and economic inequality as Black Americans outside of the island.

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UC Love – Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

Listen up folks, if you are a Hip-Hop fan then you NEED to see Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell on Netflix immediately. We are die-hard Biggie heads and we learned a ton of new information about arguably the greatest emcee of all time. Replete with never seen, behind-the-scenes footage, the film does a bang job of documenting the rise of the Brooklyn Bad Boy. This film will make you laugh, cry and sing along, at the top of your lungs, to all of the classic songs. And if you don’t know… You about to find out.

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A Look Back: One Year of Battling COVID-19

On March 1, 2020, NewYork-Presbyterian diagnosed its first COVID-positive patient. As we mark the one-year anniversary of the crisis, NYPH put together an awesome video on the heroic work of those on the front lines who continue to fight to end this pandemic.

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Celebrating Afrolatinidad | Black, Latino and Proud

Whether it’s food, music, politics, or literature, Afrolatinos have played a major role in shaping Latin America and U.S. culture. Lala Anthony breaks down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Afrolatinidad, celebrating the rich history of the Afrolatino diaspora, while trying to understand why there are so many misconceptions about Black Latino identity.

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Que Viva La República Dominicana…

Do yourself a favor and click above for the best 4 minutes and change you will spend online today. República Dominicana – The Land beyond the blue is an absolutely gorgeous short film by Oliver Astrologo that lovingly captures the edenic beauty of the Dominican Republic. This film might make you purchase a trip to Quisqueya. You have been warned.

Click here for a map of the locations featured in this video with coordinates and photos.

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