Celebrating the Release of Oscar López Rivera

35 Mujeres NYC x Oscar Victory Rally @ Times Square Plaza

(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.

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5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Schomburg Center's 5th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

(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.

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2nd Annual Feria de Artesanías

Artesano Luis Cordero Santoni (PRIDA co-founder) @ 2nd Annual Feria de Artesanías

(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!

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Comité Noviembre 2016 @ Hostos Center

'Los Tres Reyes' de palo by artesanas Marta Iris Rodriguez-Olmeda and Barbara Diaz @ 11th Annual Comité Noviembre Puerto Rican Artisan Fair

(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.

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SERVE @ MorePointsBx Studio

"SERVE" solo exhibition @ MorePointsBx Studio

(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.

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La India Enchants @ Lehman Center

La India Enchants @ "The Kingdom of India" - Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

(October 15, 2016) “La Princesa de la Salsa” delivered a stunning performance to a packed audience at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Linda Viera Caballero, “La India” as she is known world-wide, gave her emotional return to The Bronx a celebratory tone of remembrance to the great influences in her singing career, now spanning three decades.

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Volume 2 - This portfolio contains the 5"x7" & 8.5"x11" images, and archival materials that appeared in the 2016 exhibition.