Standing in front of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman presented the congressional resolution declaring the Bronx and 1520 Sedgwick Avenue the birthplace of hip hop. The resolution designates August 11, 2021 as “Hip Hop Celebration Day”, August 2021 as “Hip Hop Recognition Month”, and November 2021 as “Hip Hop History Month”. Schumer and Bowman said that the resolution, agreed to by the United States Senate, rightfully recognizes and celebrates hip hop and its cultural impact. Schumer and Bowman said that federal recognition of the art of hip hop is long overdue.
Hip hop, now a world-wide phenomenon, had humble beginnings in New York City. Schumer and Bowman explained that on August 11, 1973, at a “Back To School Jam” held in the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, a new innovative style of disk jockeying and engaging the crowd with rap was introduced by Clive “DJ Kool Herc” Campbell. Since then, hip hop culture has spread across the nation and the world, uniquely infusing itself into the roots of communities everywhere.
“For decades I have fought to…
The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual, depicted in the attached surveillance photographs and video clip, who is wanted in connection to an assault, that occurred in transit within the confines of the 46th Precinct / Transit District…
The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying the individual, depicted in the attached surveillance photographs and video clip, who is wanted regarding a grand larceny, which occurred, in transit, within the confines of the 40th Precinct / TD #11 in the Bronx.
The event will take place on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, starting at 06:00 p.m.
Performer: Zachary Tye Richardson
Writer: Noah Wertheimer
Photographer: Savion Spellman
The second portion of Wardell Milan: Amerika. God Bless You If It’s Good To You (on view through October 24) is housed in a site-specific chapel exploring the idea of a “Safe Space” for communities that have been historically marginalized. This space sets the stage for collaborative, newly choreographed performances by Zachary Tye Richardson titled, The Five Indices On A Tortured Body.
The August 18, 2021 performance features Five Indices On A Tortured Body: The Quarantined Body. Within each performance Richardson creates movements expressing persistence and resilience, while Billy Ray Morgan sculptures are integral to the choreographed movements and expand upon ideas of mourning, identity, and love. Together, Richardson, Morgan and the performers adapt from themes within the complexities of their individual experiences, and through shared ideas of healing from traumatic, lived experiences.
“Body to body, side to side or face to face, aligned or opposed, most often just mixed, tangential, and having little to do with each other. But that is how bodies, which properly exchange nothing, send one another quantities of signals, notices, winks, or signaletic gestures. A bearing, debonair or lofty, a tensing up, an appeal, a depression, a gravity, a flair. And whatever belongs to the categories of works like youth or old age, work or boredom, force or awkwardness… Bodies cross paths, rub up against each other, press each other. Take buses, cross streets, enter supermarkets, step into cars, wait their…
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Basketball ranks first among the highest-paying sports in the world. The NBA, considered the pinnacle of professional basketball, pays its players around $8 million per year on average. Besides the big bucks, playing professional basketball also opens up another world of opportunities, including serving as a coach, mentor and finding a niche in broadcasting.
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The Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council announced a blockbuster lineup of 140-plus authors from around the world who will gather for its 16th Brooklyn Book Festival. The Festival is launching its format of the future, with a vibrant in person main Festival Day and Literary Marketplace (Sunday, October 03, 2021) taking place on multiple stages in Downtown Brooklyn, followed by a robust, virtual Festival in the evening reaching readers from across the country and globe. The 9-day Festival also includes a full slate of citywide Bookend events (Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 & 4th) presented live in venues throughout all five boroughs as well as virtually, and a celebration of childhood reading at its Children’s Day (Saturday, October 02, 2021) in Brooklyn Commons in MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn.
Camille Rankine, co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council, announced Toi Derricotte as this year’s recipient of its BoBi Award. The annual award is presented to an author whose work exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn. Past honorees have included John Ashbery, Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, N.K. Jemisin, Jonathan Lethem, Lois Lowry, James McBride, Lynn Nottage, Colson Whitehead, Mo Willems, and Jacqueline Woodson.
Toi Derricotte is the recipient of the 2020 Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. Her sixth collection of poetry, “I” New and Selected Poems, was published in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. Other books of poetry include The Undertaker’s Daughter, Tender, Captivity,…
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