With international foodie Anthony Bourdain getting ready to wrap up his final season of No Reservations he takes time to visit New York City’s Brooklyn borough. While there he samples local dishes and kicks rhetoric about gentrification and change with none other than BK’s very own HipHop royalty, Talib Kweli. Check out the trailer.
Two poets from Oakland’s Brave New Voices spokenword organization take on token hipsters and what they mean to the neighborhoods they gentrify. The result is a riveting performance that puts selfsatisfiedkumbayawannabe’s in their rightful place. Check the technique then check your own rhetoric in case you unknowingly exmplify any of the characteristics that they describe.
We came across this local Kickstarter and just couldn’t resist the pitch. Imagine that Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing) and Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill) work at a Martin Scorsese (The Departed)owned deli and that’s kind of what this project’s about. TryBoro Productions wants to make their dark comedymeetsslashermeetsgentrification, Shankman’s, come to life (and budget) and they need your help to do it! Peep the pitch and decide if you want to help them reach just $10K more to fund their wild indie flick.
What happens when you put Brooklyn, gentrification, Seinfeld humor and a bunch of Latino talent together? East Willy B, that’s whatan original multiplatform web series about urban living from the perspective of the new bilingual, crosscultural American Latino. The show is also unique in its distribution approach, considering that it is completely geared for the internet and mobile media, with episode/vignettes running under 3 minutes each. The goal is to reach enough viewers to interest sponsors and eventual syndication. And by the looks of it, it’s well on its way! It also doesn’t hurt to have an amazing fresh cast involved.
Bryan Llenas of Fox News Latino wrote an intriguing article about the cultural significance of the viral hit, Pan Con Queso. Aside from detailing the inception of the successful parody, the passionate journalist goes on to quote startling figures about the Dominican American population drop in Washington Heights, Manhattansomething that Pan Con Queso star, and Uptown resident himself, Juan Bago, is genuinely concerned about. “Arts, he said, need to be better supported among Dominicans, particularly in Washington Heights, known as New York City’s center of Dominican American culture and a place that looms large in the cultural landscape of the Dominican diaspora.” The article also goes on to quote several other culturallyrelevant sources, including Cid Wilson, vice chairman of the National American Latino Museum commission and Manny Pimentel, founder of ThatsDominican.com. You can read the entire piece here.
Skyrocketing rents are pushing black and Latino residents out of their communities. The polite word for this is gentrification, and in New York, it’s becoming more than a nuisance.
The HipHop Theater Festival will host a silent art auction and benefit for Alan Ket’s legal defense entitled, THE WALLS BELONG TO US; at the POWERHOUSE ARENA. THE WALLS BELONG TO US will feature the largest line up of global graffiti, urban art, and photography ever assembled in one space, with over 120 pieces and 105 artists involved. Canvases, sculptures, prints and silk screens from worldrenowned artists including, Martha Cooper, FUTURA 2000, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Jamel Shabazz, GHOST, Grotesk, DELTA, Guy Gonzales, IZ THE WIZ, Jose Parla, Henry Chalfant, REVS, ZEPHYR, Shepard Fairey, EWOK 5MH, Joe Conzo, DAZE and Brett Cook Dizney.