(February 4, 2017) Lion dance performers prowled the streets of Chinatown, searching for New Year hong paos while followed by the sound of traditional drums, gongs and cymbals. ‘Year of the Rooster’ celebrations in New York City continued, winding their way through side-streets, local businesses and restaurants.
(January 29, 2017) The 35 Mujeres NYC x Oscar movement returned to Times Square Plaza to celebrate the upcoming release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. Less than two weeks ago, in one of his final acts before departing the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Rivera’s sentence and scheduled a release date of May 17, 2017.
(January 28, 2017) New York City’s Chinatown welcomed the ‘Year of the Rooster’ with its annual fireworks ceremony and cultural festival. The rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of zodiac animals which marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar.
(January 14, 2017) For the first time, the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival presented two full days of programming celebrating the empowering tradition of black independent comic and cartoon artists, writers and publishers. Over 50 exhibitors took part in the 5th annual event, bringing with them all the magic and colors of the art.
(January 6, 2017) Three Kings Day observances in East Harlem kicked off with El Museo’s annual parade. This year’s event celebrated “the parade’s long trajectory history and roots by honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the Latino community.”
(December 3, 2016) The 2nd Annual Feria de Artesanías helped to promote public support of local businesses and artisans during the holiday buying season. The fair which is sponsored by the Hispanic Federation was held in the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center in El Barrio. Artisans and vendors representing various Latino countries offered up an assortment of handmade arts & crafts, as well as traditional edibles and libations. Members of PRIDA were also presente!
(November 19, 2016) The 11th Annual Comité Noviembre Puerto Rican Artisan Fair & 5th Annual Puerto Rican Book Expo proved to be a highlight for Puerto Rican Heritage Month observances in The Bronx. The various participating artisans, mostly representing the PRIDA collective, brought an eclectic offering of traditional and expressive art & crafts that celebrated and related Puerto Rican heritage and beauty in full rainbow. Workshops on traditional mask making, the history of Los Tres Reyes, and even bomba dancing fundamentals (led by Milteri Tucker) added depth and excitement to the day.
(November 19, 2016) Hundreds of supporters and relations came out to honor Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Izaak Taylor in a street naming ceremony at the corner of Linden Blvd. & 192nd Street. Taylor was the initial founding member of the pioneering hip hop group from the St. Albans area of Queens known as A Tribe Called Quest.
(October 29, 2016) MorePointsBx Studio held a season closing exhibition featuring graffiti artist Joey “SERVE” Vega. He blew up the gallery walls with visual experiences of growing up in the South Bronx, knee-deep in Hip Hop culture, that encapsulate many of the iconic images, writing styles, and scenes from the 1980-90’s club and graffiti scene.
(October 23, 2016) Family, friends, fans, political officials, and media gathered for the unveiling ceremony of Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros Way at 122nd Street & Third Avenue. The street renaming is yet another honor bestowed on the great Cuban trumpet player who passed earlier this year.