BY Peter Cooper
I didn’t set out to find Black Joy, rather Black Joy found me
I found it in the slight upward bend of a smile
The moment right before and after a breath
The spark in the eye
I found it when I went back for the photo that I almost didn’t take
Found it in that classy cool delight, that regal poise and grace
The warmth found me again and again
I am extremely honored and humbled that these beautiful humans have shared their joy with me
Awaken and share your refreshing creation of ebullience and wonder
Listen up folks NoMAA has put out the call for submissions for the 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest. This is a big deal for artists that make Uptown their home. Not only will you get your work in fronts of untold numbers of your Uptown peers but you will also receive a $750 honorarium. That’s right so make sure you bring your A Game and start submitting. You have until Friday, February 24th, 2017. Hit the jump for more info.
You NEED to see this film. In fact, now that we are on the precipice of the Trump Era, this movie is more important than ever. Directed by celebrated filmmaker Ava Duvernay, 13th takes an unflinching look at mass incarceration in the United States and posits that slavery never ended in America it merely mutated. Please make sure you come out to the beloved Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) on Thursday, December 8th at 6pm to catch one of the most important films of this year. The event is free but RSVP is required.
The entire development will be fully affordable
In October it was revealed that L+M Development Partners along with Tahl Propp Equities were planning a massive, fully-affordable residential project that would span an entire city block in East Harlem. On Tuesday, the 400-unit project was approved by the City Council, signaling its successful progress through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
In fact, the City Council negotiated a bigger share of affordability than what the development team had originally proposed. Lexington Gardens II, as the project is known, will offer 20 percent of its units at 30 percent of AMI, 30 percent to families making 50 percent of AMI, another 30 percent to families making 80 percent of AMI, and finally, the remaining units will be offered to families making 130 percent of AMI.
The project will rise right next to the existing Lexington Garden I development located on the eastern half of the block bound by East 107th and 108th Streets and Lexington and Park Avenues. That section-8 housing project was developed by one of the partners on this one, Tahl Propp Equities. The new residential building will replace the existing parking lot on the western section of that property.
It’s time to get cracking – again.
A groundbreaking holiday show which became an instant New York City classic will make its return next month.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker combines the beloved Russian ballet’s classic story elements and Tchaikovsky’s famous score with hip hop dancing, while setting the story in modern day Northern Manhattan.
The show returns for the third straight year with a trio of area performances during December.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker will revisit the stage where it debuted in 2014 — the United Palace in Washington Heights — for two shows on December 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. It will also visit the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, NJ on December 17 at 3 p.m.
Legendary rapper and Harlem native Kurtis Blow will again serve as a guest MC for all shows, performing a collection of his classic hits and rapping the intro to The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
United Palace Executive Director Mike Fitelson, who developed The Hip Hop Nutcracker along with Jennifer Weber, Artistic Director of the award-winning Decadancetheatre Company, said he always intended for the show to become an annual holiday tradition in the city.
Read more: The Classic Comeback | Manhattan Times
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