11/07/19: Multiverse @ Buunni Coffee Inwood

The Buunni Coffee Performance Space (4961 BWAY) is in effect familia. This coming Thursday, November 7, come out to the inaugural installment of Multiverse, a new monthly reading series. Starting at 7 pm attendees will be treated to readings from Kay Iguh, Mordecai Walfish and Abeer Y Hoque and at 8 pm there will be an open mic. So there you have it folks, make sure you support this important Uptown performance space.

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Spread Love: Decade of Fire On PBS

Decade of Fire covers a shocking but untold piece of American urban history, when the South Bronx was on fire in the 1970s.

Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a quarter-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned to the ground, reducing the community to rubble.

Buildings burned almost continuously from an estimated forty fires a day that destroyed 80% of area housing stock and displaced a quarter-million residents. Decade of Fire uses striking, never-before-seen archival and home movie footage, plus testimonials from retired FDNY firefighters and brass, as well as Bronx historians and community organizers, to reveal the real reasons for the devastation, showing what can happen when a community chooses to fight back and reclaim their neighborhood.

With the help of fellow survivors, Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, who grew up in the South Bronx, and other community leaders tell the story of how they banded together amidst the rubble and built a better future for their children. The searing documentary airs tonight at 10 pm est on PBS.

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Metaphorically Speaking

On this week’s episode, the crew talks about Rachel, Jaime, and guest co-host Carmen Mendoza, performing with Room 28 in The People’s Improv Theatre’s #Sketchfest19. And in the spirit of Halloween, everybody admits to their biggest fears.

On “Bochinche Bites”, Jaime dishes on Cardi B. joining the next “Fast and Furious” movie, Kylie Jenner trying to trademark the phrase, “Rise and Shine”, and Kanye releasing his new “gospel” rap album.

On this week’s “Frank-spiracy News”, Frank tells us about the ID2020 Alliance.

In a special segment, we ask guest co-host Carmen Mendoza deep and personal questions that she answers using the power of her magical pendulum.

The crew interviews life soundtrack producer Buda Da Future, about the art of making music, career paths, his mentoring program “Steel Sessions” and the artist he’d one day like to work with.

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Pajón Power: The Recap

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Oh man, I am still riding high from our incredible Pajón Power event held at the Juan Pablo Duarte Community Space (Fort Washington Ave & 179th Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal) on Saturday, October 26. I had the great honor of having a revealing and insightful conversation with the incomparable Carolina “Miss Rizos” Contreras. The full-to-capacity crowd was treated to Miss Rizos expounding on her origins, her entrepreneurial leanings and so much more. A big shout-out goes out to Miss Rizos for taking time out from her newly opened salon to talk to the community. I am also thankful to State Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa and New York State’s Human Rights commissioner Ángela Fernández for taking part in our event. Lastly, I am grateful to the UC’s Director of Operations, Kaity Modesto, as well as our talented team of volunteers for working so hard to make the event a success. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the executive director of the Juan Pablo Duarte Foundation, Laura Acosta, for letting us use this beautiful space for our event. Many thanks to Café Bustelo for believing in our mission and supporting our event. Stay tuned for more of these types of events in the near future.

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Uptown Tonight: Danaya Band @ The Buunni Performance Space

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Mood Music: Afro Dominicano – Llorarás

Our Mood Music selection is a funky, Reggae tinged rendition of Oscar D’León’s classic Llorarás by Afro Dominicano. Listen up familia; this band is going places so get familiar.

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Call For Submissions: The Washington Heights Memoir Project

DEADLINE: December 31st, 2019 Open to emerging & professional writers of ages 12 and up and abilities, the WHMP offers free, professionally-led memoir writing workshops in Washington Heights. Aligned with Dominican Writer’s mission to elevate local narratives and stories, the WHMP helps amplify local voices through an array of writing tools, along with the professional development needed for writers to publish on their own.

​The WHMP will include current and past Dominican residents of Washington Heights/Inwood neighborhoods including youth with similar artistic pursuits in order to create an archive of our experiences living and or working in the Washington Heights/Inwood area. Submissions will be included in an anthology to be published by the Fall of 2020.

SUBMIT: https://www.dominicanwriters.com/submit-writing

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Uptown Talk: Gimlet’s The Horror of Dolores Roach Season 2

Oh snap people, just in time for Halloween, Dolores Roach is back for season 2. With blood on her hands, the infamous Dolores Roach has fled the recent shocking destruction in Washington Heights and gone into hiding deep under New York City in an abandoned subway tunnel. But she’s not alone underground, and her dark night of the soul is interrupted by the similarly self-exiled tunnel-dwellers, an extremist faction of those known as the Mole People, whose space she’s invaded. Facing re-incarceration back above ground, but pushed to the limits of shame, paranoia, lust, hunger, and depraved entrepreneurialism below it, Dolores is the outcast of the outcasts again – until she takes her survival in the tunnels into her own Magic Hands. The Horror of Dolores Roach is written and directed by Aaron Mark. The new season is phenomenal and features Donnell Rawlings aka Ashy Larry and Uptown’s own Dascha Polanco. Check it out ASAP!

All of the episodes of the much buzzed about podcast are available here.

Featuring:
Daphne Rubin Vega (In The Heights (2020))
Donnell Rawlings (The Wire, Chappelle’s Show)
Amy Ryan (The Office, The Wire)
Lea DeLaria (Orange Is the New Black)
Everett Quinton
Dascha Polanco (Orange Is the New Black)
Josh Hamilton (8th Grade, 13 Reasons Why)
Ilana Levine (Little Known Facts podcast)
Alfredo Narciso (Manifest)

Related: Uptown Talk: Gimlet’s The Horror of Dolores Roach

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