BREVES | BRIEFS
Brief reports about the arts, music, events, and functions.
(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.
(June 30, 2015) With demolition of “La Escuelita” complete, the Acacia Network held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Lorraine Montenegro Women & Children’s Residence. The new 5-story building at 773 Prospect Avenue in the Bronx will provide accommodations for 40 women and 56 children.
(June 6, 2015) Wild Life and Conservation representatives and supporters gathered at Duffy Square-Broadway Plaza in Times Square to witness the pulverizing of more than one-ton of confiscated illegal ivory from poached animals. The crush was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as “a public display to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade.”
(May 14, 2015) Hip Hop Photographer Joe Conzo, Jr. and Cold Crush Brothers Legend MC Grandmaster Caz (Curtis Fisher) sat down with scholar Dr. Joseph Schloss at the Museum of the City of New York and talked about the early years of hip hop, and their experiences from that era.
(August 10, 2014) Another fine day at “Boogie on the Boulevard: Summer Sundays” sponsored by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in celebration of the Bronx’s 100th anniversary.
(March 8, 2014) The Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women presented its annual gathering and awards presentation, “Celebrating Puerto Rican Women: Today, Tomorrow and Always!” in solidarity with International Working Women’s Day.
(February 3, 2014) An unprecedented exhibition of vintage graffiti & street art was unveiled at The Museum of the City of New York. “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection” is a grand tour of the culture’s formative and golden eras.
(January 9, 2014) After being thrown into a state of chaos by this year’s first major snow storm, the 2013 Coquito Masters Finals finally made the history books. Competitors and fans showed up at the Andrew Freeman House in the Bronx to square off for the New York State Coquito Masters champion title.
(November 8, 2013) The Nuyorican community mourned the loss of its great poetic voice, Jesús Abraham “Tato” Laviera. According to reports, he had been in a coma since January, due to complications with diabetes, and never recovered. Tato died on November 1st, in a Manhattan hospital.
(September 3, 2013) Beautification of El Barrio continues with artist Manny Vega beginning the final phase of his latest installation. The Yemaya inspired mosaic expands on his on-going projects to bring El Barrio back to the foreground as a center for the arts. Manny says the piece brings a “Iya-Mi” sense of balance to his existing works which can be seen at the corner of 105th Street & Lexington Avenue, NYC.