Op-Led: Democracy Is Dying

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

You can respect the presidency or you can respect this President. You can’t do both. This may well be this country’s last President’s Day. The barbarians are not at the gate, they are in the White House.

The Republican Party, with their spineless acquiescence during the senate trial, has once and for all given up any and all pretense of participating in a functioning Democracy and have instead handed us a monarch.

The United States now has a king. His name is Donald J. Trump and if he finds a way to win this November it is Game Over for the American Experiment. The future of the country, no correction, the planet hangs in the balance.

Think about that as you enjoy your day off. Come this time next year, American Democracy may be another wholly owned subsidiary of the Trump Organization. Just saying.

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Film version of Hamilton musical set for 2021 | Bronx Free Press

Grab your popcorn.

Now everyone will get to be in the room where it happens.

The groundbreaking Broadway musical Hamilton will be coming to a movie theater near you.

Disney has announced it is bringing a film version of the show, featuring the original Broadway cast, to North American cinemas in October 2021.

Stage performances were filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre shortly before the departure of the original cast, and Thomas Kail served as director.

“Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theater experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that ‘Hamilton’ was hailed as an astonishing work of art,” Disney chairman Bob Iger said in a statement. “All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”

Published reports indicate that the rights to the film were sold to Disney for $75 million.

Read more: Film version of Hamilton musical set for 2021 | Bronx Free Press

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NYPL unveils new Macombs Bridge Library | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

It’s a size up for these stacks.

The new Macomb’s Bridge library is a big deal – literally – for Harlem residents.

Once the smallest branch in the New York Public Library (NYPL) system at only 685 square feet, Macomb’s Bridge now has a new facility nearly five times the size.

Located at 2633 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, the new branch was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 30.

Tony Marx, President of NYPL, called the previous branch “small but mighty” and praised the staff for making the most of the limited resources they had at the old location, which was used for 65 years.

“The community deserved better, and they deserved better for a long time,” Marx said.

The new, 3,375 square-foot branch is nestled within the Harlem River Houses public housing complex and features an adult reading room, community room, numerous computer stations and a children’s section. It is also wheelchair accessible.

Read more: NYPL unveils new Macombs Bridge Library | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud Bonus – Model Behavior

On the latest episode of Latinos Out Loud the group recaps Rachel and Jaime’s hosting of the Dominican Writers Association fundraiser and Frank tells us what he did on his top secret birthday weekend.

On “Bochinche Bites” Jaime dishes on doctors advising men to not masturbate with banana peels, Dolly Parton starts a new Internet challenge, and we each find out our Chinese New Year predictions for 2020.

On this week’s installment of “MOMedy” Rachel talks about how hard it is having two sons with VERY different penis sizes. Plus, her and Dari share their thoughts on circumcision.

On this week’s Frankspiracy News Frank plays some recordings from the past that predicted President Trump’s actions.

The crew interviews model Miguel Perdomo on how he got his start, how the modeling industry has changed because of social media, and the business aspirations that he wants to pursue once he walks his final runway.

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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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