Op-Led: The Struggle Continues…

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Our long national nightmare is over. Or is it? The Tyrant has been given a decisive blow. Or has he? What we do know for sure is that Saturday, November 7, 2020 was the best day of this year and probably of the entire Trump usurpation. From this point forward, November 7, 2020 will be known as F Donald Trump Day. All jokes aside, there is plenty of work to be done, the pandemic is spiraling out of control, the economy is in turmoil, but the people really needed this victory. Our deeply flawed Democracy still stands. Or does it?

This past Saturday when the news broke that the tyrant has lost the election, simultaneous celebrations erupted not just in NYC and the United States but around the world. Walking through the hood on that day was something special as the relief that everyone felt was palpable and you could not help but revel in the defeat of the despot. We had dodged the dictatorship bullet. But have we?

It starting to feel like the festivities for the end of a tyranny might have been premature. First of all, the man-child has not conceded. At this point, there will probably never be a formal concession from the worst president ever. But so what you might say, you can’t expect Trump to be magnanimous and decent in defeat if he has not behaved in that manner when he was victorious. He still inexplicably brings up Hillary’s emails.

But on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has this to say, “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.” Not long afterwards, Trump tweeted the video of Pompeo saying what amounts to a coup, practically endorsing the stealing of an election.

This may just be one last attempt at “owing the libs,” a final troll before fading to black. But what if it is not? What if these people really do want to break our democracy? My money is on the latter. Trump is a would-be autocrat. He has tasted the ultimate power and he does not want to relinquish it. The question becomes will we allow him to do that? The future of the country still hangs in the balance. The Struggle Continues…

Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante!

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#TBT: Revisiting Flight 587 tragedy | Manhattan Times

Belkis Lora still remembers the last time she saw her brother, José Franciso Lora.

It was just moments before he died.

He was a passenger on Flight 587, and they were together just before the flight’s take-off from John F. Kennedy Airport on Nov. 12th, 2001.

265 people, including 5 on the ground in the Belle Harbor community in Far Rockaway, died when the plane crashed.

“I was the one who took him to the airport,” she said, with tears welling in her eyes. “I hugged him, hoping I would see him in the summer.

90 percent of those on board were of Dominican descent; the flight also included nationals from several other countries, including France and Taiwan.

“This was a devastating tragedy for the Dominican community, and for all New Yorkers,” said Assemblymember Guillermo Linares on the anniversary of the crash, which was marked on Mon., Nov. 12th.

The crash of Flight 587 renewed fears of terrorism, as it came so close after the 9/11 attacks. The loss has seared those left behind.

“He was very smart. He loved to laugh, and he was a great brother,” said Lora of José, who left behind two sons. “We are always going to remember him.”

Lora and other families of the victims have made a yearly pilgrimage to the Belle Harbor, where a memorial service is given at Saint Francis de la Salle Church.

Read more: Revisiting Flight 587 tragedy | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Time Machine: WNYC Takes You To The 27 De Febrero Restaurant

Our Uptown Time Machine takes us back to May of 2010 for a cool video from WNYC that explores the live music scene at the 27 De Febrero Restaurant. That restaurant, which was an Uptown institution, has disappeared like so many of our beloved neighborhood haunts.

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – ELECT-ile Dysfunction or We Had A Massive Election

In this episode the crew talk about everything that happened during Election Week: the celebrations on the streets of NYC, the first female/POC Vice President, and President Trump being a sore loser. In this week’s Bochinche Bites, Jaime breaks down the new potential Coronavirus vaccine and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek passing away. In honor of Alex Trebek, Rachel hosts a very special installment of LOLeopardy, where she asks Jaime and Frank questions from old Jeopardy episodes. In this week’s Frankspiracy News, Frank tells us about the frightening possibility of the world having two Donald Trumps.

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UC Must-Reads: LEST WE FORGET THE HORRORS: A CATALOG OF TRUMP’S WORST CRUELTIES, COLLUSIONS, CORRUPTIONS, AND CRIMES

Big shout out to McSWEENEY’S for putting together a comprehensive list of all of the shit that Trump has put us through. Totally almost 1000 entries, the list starts in 2011 and continues to the present day. McSWEENEY’S even makes the list downloadable. So click below and check it out.

Read more: UC Must-Reads: LEST WE FORGET THE HORRORS: A CATALOG OF TRUMP’S WORST CRUELTIES, COLLUSIONS, CORRUPTIONS, AND CRIMES

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11/13/20: De Lo Mio On HBO Latino

That’s right familia, tune into HBO Latino at 8:15 pm est on Friday, November 13 to see the much anticipated De Lo Mio. The film is directed by Diana Peralta and stars Sasha Merci and Dee Nasty. You can catch it at HBO MAX afterwards.

Two sisters, raised in NYC, return to the Dominican Republic to reunite with their estranged brother as they clean out their grandmother’s home. But emotions run high as the siblings lose their final connections to their motherland.

Inwood Hill Park - Dominican & American Flags
(Photo: Briana E. Heard)

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