When Kobe Came To Harlem

In 2002, fresh off a Three-Peat, one of the most clutch players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant, came to Rucker Park in Harlem for a little bit of that Uptown Love. Kobe will be missed but his example, his excellence and his legacy will love forever. Rest In Peace King!

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud Bonus – Back in the Booth

Oh snap, the LOL Crew is back people. Now entering the seventh season, Latinos Out Loud welcomes 2020 as Frank welcomes a baby???!!! Hear the group chat about his mysterious Daddy post on social media. The crew also recaps their holiday break and recent appearance on the PIX11 Morning Show.

On “Bochinche Bites”, Jaime dishes on Gwyneth Paltrow’s scented vagina candle, a new app that photographs and then identifies strangers on the street, and El Chapo’s daughter releasing a line of beer named after her father.

New for 2020, “Bingeing with Bago” is a segment where he shouts out binge-worthy shows and the proper technique behind the binge. In this first installment, Bago indulges on Netflix reality show, “The Circle”.

Also new is a segment called “MOMedy w/Rachel La Loca” where she shares recent experiences in her motherhood journey. In this first installment, Rachel and LOL intern Dari Dejesus discuss instances of extreme reactions with their boys.

On this week’s Frankspiracy News, Frank tells us the about the top secret meeting in 1991 with the some of the rap artists of that era and how it links to the current US prison system.

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New study spotlights historic slave rebellion in Dominican Republic | Bronx Free Press

By Gregg McQueen

It was the uprising after Christmas.

A group of enslaved African men rebelled against their masters on December 26, 1521 at a sugar plantation located in what is today San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.

The African Blacks burned down a plantation owned by Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus, killing and wounding numerous colonists.

A new research paper, published by the Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) at the City University of New York (CUNY), details the little-known historical facts of the slave revolt – and its early presence in the Dominican Republic.

“It was the earliest anti-slavery rebellion on record,” explained historian Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, who led the DSI study.

“In response, the Spanish authorities issued laws to punish the rebels and prevent Black people from attempting to rise up again for their freedom,” he said.

Read more: New study spotlights historic slave rebellion in Dominican Republic | Bronx Free Press

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The right way to rezone Inwood: The city failed in its responsibility to address local concerns and disparate racial impact | NY Daily News

Cheryl Pahaham, Phil Simpson, Ava Farkas and Paloma Lara wrote an outstanding piece in the NY Daily News with the apt title: The right way to rezone Inwood: The city failed in its responsibility to address local concerns and disparate racial impact. The article cites the Churches United for Fair Housing report that paints a damning picture of how city-led rezonings in the past have led to the displacement of a significant number of Black and Latino residents of those neighborhoods.

Read more: The right way to rezone Inwood: The city failed in its responsibility to address local concerns and disparate racial impact | NY Daily News

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Judge rules against city in Inwood rezoning lawsuit | Manhattan Times

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UC Must-Reads: The Fog of Rudy

Jonathan Mahler penned an absolute must-read in The New York Times Magazine that provides a deep dive into the sordid and shady career of Rudy Giuliani. It is a long read perfect for a subway ride or 4 but it is well worth it. The piece offers outstanding illustrations by Andy Friedman. For the record, for most New Yorkers of color, Rudy was never America’s Mayor.

Read more: UC Must-Reads: The Fog of Rudy

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Spread Love: The Schomburg Center’s 8th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invites comic book fans of all ages to participate in its eighth annual Black Comic Book Festival.

The festival will be held on Friday, January 17 from 10 AM – 8 PM and on Saturday, January 18 from 10 AM to 8:00 PM. Registration for both days is free and is open to the public.

Each year, the Schomburg Center’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.

Rap icon and comic book publisher Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will be a speaker at our panel discussion “Hip Hop Comics in 3D ” on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 PM

McDaniels joins a high profile lineup, which includes graphic novelists John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Parable of the Sower), Ron Wimberley (Prince of Cats), award-winning creator and writer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (La Borinqueña) and award-winning artist and writer Alitha Martinez (Marvel’s Iron Man, DC Comics’ Batgirl). Scholar, poet and Marvel writer Eve L. Ewing (Ironheart, Team-Up) will also make her first appearance at the festival.

For more info: Spread Love: The Schomburg Center’s 8th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

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Assistance for Puerto Rico after quakes | Manhattan Times

In response to the recent earthquakes and aftershocks that have rocked Puerto Rico, city and state resources are being deployed to assist those affected.

A pair of strong earthquakes hit Puerto Rico on January 6 and 7, killing one person and leaving much of the island without power or water. The quakes are part of a series of seismic events that have occurred on the island in recent weeks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that New York City will deploy 24 additional city personnel to Puerto Rico to support municipalities affected by recent earthquakes.

The city’s response team consists of 15 building inspectors and structural engineers, seven emergency managers and two mental health professionals.

“There’s thousands of buildings in Puerto Rico and they don’t even know if they’re safe to live in or to work in, and they don’t have enough experts, they don’t have enough inspectors and engineers, but the City of New York can help,” de Blasio said at a press conference on Tues., Jan. 14th. “There’s food and water supplies that have to be distributed. There are not enough people who know how to do that. These experts do.”

Read more: Assistance for Puerto Rico after quakes | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud Bonus – Big Rizos and Reads: An Interview With Elizabeth Acevedo

On this bonus episode the crew presents an interview with author, Elizabeth Acevedo. The powerful conversation from this game-changing writer/poet were originally recorded at a live event hosted at the Miss Rizos salon in Washington Heights, and in partnership with The Dominican Writers Association and Word Up Bookstore.

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