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Art, Culture & Dialogue @ The Schomburg Center

By Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography by Alex Weber

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(L-R) Maria Hinojosa, Anchor and Executive Producer of the National Public Radio show Latino USA, moderates a Dec. 15 Pratt Presents panel on language and culture at The Schomburg Center, joined by Pratt Institute Communications Design graduate student Eduardo Palma, Artist Shantell Martin, and Pratt Associate Professor of Creative Writing Ellery Washington.

Art, at it’s best, is a catalyst for deep contemplation, conversation and introspection.

Such was the case at the recent unveiling of the innovative and interactive installation Plata or Plomo (“Money or Lead”) by emerging artist Eduardo Palma at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Palma’s mural was the 2014 winner of an annual competition powered by the Pratt Institute and Hennessey. This year’s challenge for Pratt’s students was to take Hennessey’s mantra, “Never stop. Never settle”, and create something magnificent.

Thus was Plata O Plomo conjured. The name of the installation comes from a phrase made popular by Colombian Drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, which literally means you take the money (plata) or you get the lead (plomo). That was his modus operandi for dealing with the Columbian authorities, you either take the bribe or you get the bullets. The Colombian born Palma deconstructs the laden phrase to create a multi-layered mural that explores how language shapes society.

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Spread Love: Hype Feet

Words & Pics by Led Black (@Led_Black)

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Sneaker-Heads now have another spot Uptown to indulge their habit. Hype Feet (1567 Saint Nicholas Ave 188th) is the place to get your fix. In addition to an incredible selection of kicks they also carry a few choice apparel brands.

With the 11’s dropping tomorrow, you might want to holler at them asap.

Twitter: @hypefeet

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Uptown Tonight: Craftecito Holiday Night Market @ Word Up Books

Craftecito Holiday Night Market @ Word Up BooksStop by Word Up Books (2113 Amsterstam @ 165th Street) tonight from 5 to 9 pm for the Word Up Craftecito Holiday Night Market. While you are there, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City. This is the official history book of Washington Heights.

By the way, Word Up Books currently has an Indiegogo campaign to expand their Spanish book inventory and provide youth programming for our multilingual, diverse community. Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way!

Check out: Word Up Community Bookshop Para Siempre

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It’s a rap! Hip-Hop museum planned for Harlem | NY Daily News

BY | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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This is truly a rapper’s delight.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, which will be the city’s first institution focused on the popular music genre, is headed for midtown and Harlem.

It will feature memorabilia items such as jackets, turntables and posters donated by artists like Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast, Young Jeezy, Common, Eminem, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataam, according to the museum’s organizer.

“This will be the home of hip hop history,” said JT Thompson, who produced BET’s one-time Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show in the 90s.

“People need to understand the importance of hip hop, the elements, the DJs, the B-boys and B-girls and the graffiti writers,” he added.

The Harlem site on 125th St. will include a 12,000-square-foot museum space, a coffee and juice bar, shops and a TV studio.

Read more: It’s a rap! Hip hop museum planned for Harlem – NY Daily News.

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