Friday, August 31, 2012

Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park


Date: September 2, 2012

Enjoy live lakeside music in the Park's beautiful northern end at the Central Park Conservancy's weekly Harlem Meer Performance Festival concert.

6/17/12 - Orlando Marin (Latin World)
6/24/12 - Bob Cunningham 7 Jazzy Friends (Jazz)
7/1/12 - New York Cuban All Stars (Afro Cuban)
7/8/12 - Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil (Brazilian Jazz)
7/15/12 - Grupo Rebolú (Afro Columbian)
7/22/12 - Charansalsa (Salsa)
7/29/12 - Sean Smith Quartet (Jazz)
8/5/12 - Sumba Swing (Latin Jazz)
8/12/12 - Sonido Costeño (Latin World)
8/19/12 - Chembo Corniel Latin Jazz Quartet (Jazz)
8/26/12 - Cocomama (Latin World)
9/2/12 - Ballet Hispanico (Dance) Special performance!

Free. No advance registration. All ages are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled (no rain dates). For day-of weather-related changes or cancellations and accessibility information, call (212) 860-1370.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

Harlem Meer Performance Festival in Central Park
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 04:00:02 GMT

Garden Highlights Walk at Wave Hill


Date: September 2, 2012

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

Garden Highlights Walk at Wave Hill
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 04:00:02 GMT

Thursday, August 30, 2012

CANCELLED: Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up in West Harlem Piers Park Zumba


Date: September 1, 2012

Please note: this event has been cancelled. Happy Labor Day weekend.

Shape Up NYC (partnered with the Department of Parks and Recreation, Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire BlueCross Blue Shield) offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to help New Yorkers shape up!

Mercy Irizarry teaches Zumba class on Saturdays in West Harlem Piers Park – Enter at 125th St.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

CANCELLED: Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up in West Harlem Piers Park Zumba
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 04:00:03 GMT


* Democratic Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod, who is challenging Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz in a primary, apologized for sending out a campaign mailer using the word "negrohood" to Brooklyn residents, the Daily News writes:

* Newsday calls on the NYPD to end its controversial program that eavesdrops on Muslim groups, which it calls "ineffective" and "dubious":

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fw: Health Department to Spray Pesticide to Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes and the Risk of West Nile Virus in Manhattan

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Health E-News August 29, 2012

Health Department to Spray Pesticide to Reduce the Number of Mosquitoes and the Risk of West Nile Virus in Manhattan

MosquitoTo reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Manhattan on Friday, August 31, between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6 a.m., weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Wednesday, September 5. These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations.

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* Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his administration is not contemplating any changes to his proposal to ban large-size sodas from restaurants and theaters despite heavy pressure from the beverage industry, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* A top Manhattan Democratic leader claims a Board of Elections clerk told him not to approve poll worker applications for the September primary from Democrats allied with state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, the News's Juan Gonzalez writes:

* Public school students will no longer be suspended for one-time infractions and younger students will have some suspensions reduced, according to new disciplinary rules from the city's Department of Education, the Times writes:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Seriously? Michelle Obama Depicted As Slave On Spanish Magazine Cover


michlle obama spainThe August 2012 issue of Magazine Fuera de Serie, a supplement to Spanish newspaper Expansion, features a cover image guaranteed to turn heads.

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s face (pictured) is superimposed over an 1800 female slave painting by French artist Marie-Guilhelmine Benoist. Seated on a chair covered with the American Flag, right breast exposed, and wearing an Aunt Jemina headscarf, the image is part of a feature article examining Mrs. Obama’s popularity among the American public.

“…Behind every great man there is a great woman [which best] describes the Obama marriage. In the shadow of the U.S. President is a person whose popularity ratings exceed those of Barack’s own. This person is none other than his wife Michelle,” reads the roughly translated description for “Michelle Tataranieta De Esclava, Dueña De América” (Michelle, Granddaughter Of A Slave. Lady Of America).

Watch New Yorkers give their opinions on New Yorker Magazine’s “Radical Muslim” Michelle Obama cartoon:

According to Clutch Magazine, the cover is part of a series depicting famous people nude and also features Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, and even Michelle’s husband, Barack Obama. Defending her controversial image, French/English artist Karine Percheron-Daniels claims it gives the viewer a glimpse in to an “alternative unexpected reality” letting us “view famous individuals in a different way.”

An interesting defense. But with Europe’s history of racially questionable images and descriptions of Black women (Dutch Magazine Jackie referred to Rihanna as “De Niggabitch,” for instance), many across the African Diaspora are sure to have strong opinions on Magazine Fuera de Serie’s cover choice.

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Seriously? Michelle Obama Depicted As Slave On Spanish Magazine Cover
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Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:08:33 GMT

Fw: [SOA~2012] Sept 12th and 15th: Free the Cuban 5


The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5
 "Ours may be one of the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country"- Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, The Cuban 5
This September 12th, 2012 will mark the 14th year anniversary of the arrest of the Cuban 5; five US held Cuban political prisoners incarcerated for protecting Cuba from U.S. sponsored terrorist actions.
In 2006, President Ricardo Alarcon, of the Cuban Parliament, declared Sept. 12th through October 6th to be a period of time to raise awareness on the case of the Cuban 5. The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 is committed to building an international movement for the Cuban 5's freedom by extending this period of time to be a full month (Sept. 12th-October 12th) and calling it "Free the Cuban 5 Month."
During this month we organize a calendar of events to raise awareness about the Cuban 5 and how people can support their release!
Please support the Free the Cuban 5 picket on Sept 12th,  the Vicente Feliu concert on Saturday Sept. 15th at 1199, the special Film screening of "South of the Border" on Sept. 22nd and support the Cuban 5 call in day on Oct. 12th!
International Committee for the Freedom of
the Cuban 5 

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New York City,
Saturday September 15


A Leading Voice of the Cuban Nueva Trova Movement
The Nueva Trova Movement is a distinct musical tradition that emerged in Cuba in the early 1960's heavily influenced by the events surrounding the Cuban Revolution in 1959. One of these singer songwriters is Vicente Feliu who has performed in more than 20 countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He has shared the stage with numerous other Cuban musicians from the same movement including Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés. He has also performed with Luis Eduardo Aute and Caco Senante (Spain), Isabel Parra and Inti Illimani (Chile), León Gieco and Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Holly Near and Little Steven (United States), Daniel Viglietti and Alfredo Zitarrosa (Uruguay), and Luis Enrique and Carlos Mejía Godoy (Nicaragua). Currently he directs the cultural center Canto de Todos that promotes musical gatherings and exchanges between the countries of Latin America. 
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