Get Focused: En Foco is accepting submissions for its 2017 Photography Fellowship | Manhattan Times

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En Foco, the arts organization serving supporters of photographers of color, is accepting submissions for its 2017 Photography Fellowship.

The Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. Submission Deadline is Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Fellowships will be announced in mid-March. The contact e-mail is ‎fellowship@enfoco.org‎.‎

The Photography Fellowship Program ‎will award ten fellowships of a $1,000 each; participate in the 2017 Fellowship Group Exhibition; feature the Fellows in En Foco’s Nueva Luz publication, in printed and online editions; and provide professional development and networking opportunities. En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in the variety of ways it supports photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to the lack of cultural equity and access.

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In wake of failed Inwood rezoning, city returns with new affordable housing pitch | The Real Deal

By Will Parker

De Blasio administration wants to bring “100% affordable” apartments to the site of a library

Inwood Library at 4790 Broadway

Inwood Library at 4790 Broadway

It was less than six months ago that Mayor Bill De Blasio lost a pivotal battle to rezone and redevelop a corner lot in Inwood into a residential tower with market-rate and affordable housing. But now his administration is back with the beginnings of a separate proposal for the area promising much deeper affordability.

The Housing Preservation and Development agency announced Thursday that it would partner with the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York Public Library to explore redevelopment for affordable housing at the Inwood Library, located at 4790 Broadway.

According to a release from the city, residential plans for the site will include “100% affordable housing.” Funding for a new library, which will stay at the site, will be sourced by HPD and Robin Hood.

Read more: In wake of failed Inwood rezoning, city returns with new affordable housing pitch | The Real Deal

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Why Karl-Anthony Towns Turned Down USA Basketball For The Dominican Republic | The Undefeated

BY MARC J. SPEARS | @MARCJSPEARSESPN

Karl Towns #12 of the Dominican Republic Senior Men’s National Team posts up during an exhibition game at the Thomas and Mack Center on July 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Karl Towns #12 of the Dominican Republic Senior Men’s National Team posts up during an exhibition game at the Thomas and Mack Center on July 12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBAE VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Dominican cuisine can be quite complicated, but Karl-Anthony Towns likes to keep it simple.

Sancocho, the Dominican Republic’s national dish, includes beef, chicken and sometimes even pork, all meats that are regular staples in most Dominican meals.

But whether it’s his food preference or his love for his mother’s Dominican heritage, the Minnesota Timberwolves big man is committed to what he truly enjoys.

“I love arroz con pollo,” Towns told The Undefeated. “I keep it really simple and plain, to the point. My mom makes some of the best chicken and rice and I know why. She makes it how my grandmother makes it and the recipe was passed down. There is nothing better than having some of mom’s homemade cooking.

Read more: Why Karl-Anthony Towns Turned Down USA Basketball For The Dominican Republic | The Undefeated

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Op-Led: Democracy Meets Dominicans

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Democracy will never be the same again.

Democracy now comes with drums. Guiras y tamboras to be exact.

Yesterday, in the wee hours of the morning, 12 busloads of folks, as well an untold numbers of personal vehicles, left New York City to be a part of something truly special.

Approximately 750 people were in attendance for the swearing in of Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican-American in Congress. In fact, the biggest auditorium in the Capitol could not hold the multitudes that came out to participate in the historic occasion.

The people came out to celebrate one of their own taking an important step in the story of the Dominican Diaspora. It was a significant milestone not just for Dominicans but for Latinos, immigrants and ultimately, all Americans. Yesterday, Adriano Espaillat also became the first formerly-undocumented immigrant to win a seat in the U.S. House.

At some point, someone pulled out a guira y tambura and a fiesta ensued.

The rest is as they say history…

Pa’Lante Siempre Pa’Lante

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Harlem’s Revolution Bookstore Uses Trump to Raise Funds | DNAinfo 

By Dartunorro Clark

Revolution Books Harlem

HARLEM — Inside Harlem’s Revolution Books, a special display was laid out after Donald Trump was elected president.

It includes books on Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust with the subhead: “What we can learn from history.”

Alongside it are T-shirts that read: “America was NEVER great.”

“We are calling it out for what it is,” said store spokesman Raymond Lotta.

The shop’s management is hoping Trump’s leadership, and strongly-felt opposition to it, will help fund the future of the business, which openly strives for the overthrow of the capitalist system and its replacement with a socialist one based on the principles of Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

Read more: Harlem’s Revolution Bookstore Uses Trump to Raise Funds – Central Harlem – DNAinfo New York

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