Stephen MIller is evil. So is his boss, Donald Trump. Ronald Brownstein penned an excellent piece in The Atlantic that will give you the chills. The article delves into Trump’s plan to put forth “the Largest Domestic Deportation Operation in History.” The dastardly duo are also planning a red state private army that will, by force if necessary, deports millions in blue states. The paragraph below is absolutely frightening.
“What this means is that the communities that are heavily Hispanic or Black, those marginalized communities are going to be living in absolute fear of a knock on the door, whether or not they are themselves undocumented,” David Leopold, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told me. “What he’s describing is a terrifying police state, the pretext of which is immigration.”
In this episode of About the Journey, join host Oneika Raymond as she runs the streets of Washington Heights in New York City alongside Hector Espinal, co-founder of We Run Uptown. See as they explore the the bustling St. Nicholas Ave to check out some famed street vendors and then grab a traditional Dominican breakfast at La Casa del Mofongo. Over the meal, Hector and Oneika connect over their shared Caribbean roots, as Hector shares what it was like for him growing up in Washington Heights. Then, they visit J. Hood Wright Park with one of the best views of the George Washington Bridge you’ll ever see!
To read the full episode transcript from About the Journey and see more photos click here.
On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first major public statement against the Vietnam War, aptly entitled “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,” right here in Uptown, NYC at the venerable Riverside Church. Starting off the magnificent sermon with “my conscience leaves me no other choice,” King, in no uncertain terms, denounced the Vietnam War as immoral, grotesque and anti-democratic. He would be assassinated within the year, exactly to the date of the sermon, on April 4, 1968. By speaking so eloquently and forcibly against the war, he was deemed worthy of elimination by the powers that be. King paid the ultimate price for his outspokenness. He could not remain silent then and we cannot remain silent now as “silence is betrayal.” WE MUST SPEAK!!!
“Perhaps a more tragic recognition of reality took place when it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population. We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. And so we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. And so we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor.”
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@mayslesdocumentarycenter is currently recruiting students aged 13-18 for our Ralph and Fanny Ellison Teen DocAuthors Fellowship, which takes a holistic approach to film and media making. The program takes place Tuesdays from 4-7pm, and will run from February 13th – June 4th.
@mayslesdocumentarycenter also still has a few slots left in their award-winning Teen DocMakers Lab, a year-round after school and summer intensive film program for high school students, who work in small teams to make short documentary films. This program meets Fridays, from 4-7pm from now through June. There are also several openings still available in their Teen DocMakers Lab:
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To mark the fifteenth anniversary of the beloved Women in the Heights exhibition, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) invite artists to submit works that explore the many aspects of the subject of “Dress.”
Throughout history, we have used clothing to shield our bodies from the elements; it has also been an important form of expression/oppression for individuals and communities. Clothing certainly doesn’t determine our value as human beings, but it shares and/or hides information about ourselves, our circumstances, and our experiences. Clothing is a complex subject. Do we judge each other based on clothing? When do we choose to “dress up” or “dress down”? Why do we “dress to impress”? Do we wear an imposed or chosen uniform? Has COVID impacted the way we dress? Is there a gender bias in dress codes? What is the impact of “fashion standards” on our wellbeing?
NoMAA invites artists to approach all aspects of the subject, from the societal to the personal, from the individual to the collective, and from the literal to the poetic.
Last year, @tokischa.popola stopped by @npr for a next-level Tiny Desk Concert. Check out the entire episode. It might change your opinion on the controversial Dominican artist. The soulful son version of Estilazo is pure fire.