Francisco Molina Reyes II
(August 27, 2016) Fresh walls are going up at the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem. The annual weekend event organized by Joey TDS & James Top Productions often brings together graffiti artists, including local legends and pioneers, with others from around the world. The walls are located in the Jackie Robinson Educational Complex playground, East 106th Street off the corner of Park Avenue, East Harlem.
(August 20, 2016) The Bronx Music Heritage Center whipped up more summer entertainment, this time as part of the month long celebration Bronx SalsaFest. ‘Women in Salsa’ featured a poetic recital by “La Madrina” Sandra Maria Esteves — one of founders of the Nuyorican Poetry Movement — accompanied by percussionist Bobby Sanabria.
(August 21, 2016) A new festival has sprung forth in New York City. The First Annual Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival has brought world-renowned Cuban musicians, visual artists, dancers, film, chefs and educators to the U.S., as part of Harlem Week 2016 activities.
(August 20, 2016) A lot of new additions to Harlem Week 2016. Lots of vendors, many authentic artisans down three avenues along West 135th Street. Live performances at various spots along the venue, and an exciting collaboration with a Cuban cultural exchange program.
(July 31, 2016) The 49th Annual Festival de Santiago Apostol en El Barrio finale commenced with the traditional processional from Saint Cecilia Church (E.106th Street, between Lexington and Park Ave.), along a truncated route to the festival venue (109th Street, between Third and Second Ave). Weather conditions prompted the decision to shorten the route.
(July 30, 2016) Day Two of the 49th Annual Festival Santiago Apostol De Loíza En El Barrio, also called Loíza Festival in El Barrio, brought a showcase of bomba, plena and surprises. The festival, for the first time in its history, featured a presentation by the group Taíno Guatu-Ma-cu A Boriken, as a reaffirmation of Puerto Rico’s indigenous heritage.
(July 28, 2016) After three years of determined effort, the “13 Years of Tools of War Park Jams in The Bronx” exhibition finally came together. Thanks to the support of Elena Martinez and Bobby Sanabria at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, over 200 photographs hit the walls, as a personal homage to the True School NYC Park Jam Series.
(July 24, 2016) Lincoln Center Out of Doors presented ‘Global Beat of The Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats.’ The performances organized by The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) celebrated” the dance traditions that have been birthed, cultivated, and perpetuated in the Bronx.”
(July 16, 2016) A sudden rainfall could not cool down the heat at the 12th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Main Stage headliners included none other than NAS (Nasir Jones ) with special guests The Soul Rebels, Bed-Stuy’s own Fabolous, Brooklynite activist MC Talib Kweli and one of Hip-Hop’s hottest wordsmiths Rapsody. The official house spinner was DJ Rob Swift, with hosts Uncle Ralph McDaniels and Torae at the helm.
(July 14, 2016) The 2016 Crotona Park Jams are officially underway. After cancellation of Week 1, due to weather, Week 2 withstood the hour-long deluge of rain and thunder to emerge unscathed. Making the event happen were DJs Chuck City, Rockin’ Rob and GrandWizzard Theodore. As the word got out that the jam was still on, people promptly began to show up.