Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Freedom Dance Party with special guest Cameo

The Freedom Dance Party with special guest Cameo

Date: July 2, 2013

Join The Freedom Dance Party as they celebrate 10 years of weekly parties with a huge live performance with Funk and R&B legend, Cameo!

The Freedom Dance Party is the longest running, weekly, Friday-night party in NYC history. Winner of Papermag's highly coveted award for “Best Party (People's Choice)” and runner up in URB magazine's “Best Party” (nationwide), Freedom was created in 2003 by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth to provide a party for people from all walks of life to dance and be free. Today, it is a bona fide nightlife institution and takes place at Le Poisson Rouge. Playing an incredible mix of danceable, soulful hits from the 60s through today, including Rap, House, Disco, R&B classics, Rock, Reggae, 80s, Electronica, Latin, Afrobeat and more, Freedom continues to fill its dance floor each week with fun, beautiful people from all over the globe looking to have an unforgettable, true NYC party experience.

Selling more than 17 million albums worldwide, Cameo is one of the most popular Funk/Rock and Soul bands of its era. For nearly four decades, Cameo has maintained its core funkiness and has been churning out trailblazing hits that have permanently marked major turning points in music and set the standard that many have tried to duplicate and follow.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

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Location: Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)

The Freedom Dance Party with special guest Cameo
Sun, 30 Jun 2013 04:00:03 GMT

Joe Bataan / Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

Joe Bataan / Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue

Date: July 2, 2013

Joe Bataan, called the “King of Latin Soul,” was influenced by the melodic sounds of Doo-Wop and the energy of Latin music that were the hallmarks of his Spanish Harlem neighborhood. The famed Fania Records found this intersection of sound and culture enticing and propelled Bataan to become a major force in the “Latin Boogaloo” music scene with hits like “Gypsy Woman” and “My Cloud.”

Felix Hernandez is in the business of remembering the good ol’ days. Hernandez’s wildly popular radio show, Rhythm Revue, takes on a life of its own at New York’s Roseland, where three thousand disciples regularly come to hear Fernandez spin the sounds of the past and boogie down. Felix Hernandez will rock the crowd once again at SummerStage again with his mix of soul, Motown, funk, salsa and disco dance classics. Bring your dancing shoes.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

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Location: Soundview Park

Joe Bataan / Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue
Sun, 30 Jun 2013 04:00:03 GMT

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Outrage after Mayor Bloomberg says whites are stopped and frisked more frequently than minorities

Outrage after Mayor Bloomberg says whites are stopped and frisked more frequently than minorities


Mayor Bloomberg’s off-the-cuff comments have finally come back to bite him.
Hizzoner declared yesterday that whites are stopped and frisked at a higher rate than minorities based on city crime statistics — giving instant ammunition to his political opponents.
“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they say,” Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.
Bloomberg argued that black and Hispanic males are stopped disproportionately to the rate they are suspects in crimes — and that his critics base their statistics on the overall population.

Mayor Bloomberg

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Mayor Bloomberg

But mayoral candidates seized the opportunity to take a shot at the man they hope to replace.
“The mayor’s comments seem to indicate that if you’re black or Latino, you’re automatically a murder suspect in the city of New York,” said Bill Thompson.
“What he indicates to the hundreds of thousands of people who are stopped and frisked unnecessarily in past years is that ‘we’re sorry we didn’t stop more people in the city of New York.’ ”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he was “outraged.”
“[The mayor] literally said the police aren’t stopping black and Latino people enough — that by the statistics, there should be more stops, particularly of young men,” de Blasio said. “That is unacceptable. It’s out of touch, it’s insensitive, and I dare say it is hurtful to people all over the city.”
Christine Quinn also criticized the mayor.
“I disagree strongly with the mayor on this point. We have too many stops that overwhelmingly focus on young men of color, yielding very few weapons,” she said.
Bloomberg cited NYPD statistics stating that whites make up 7 percent of all murder suspects, but 9 percent of all stops. Meanwhile, 87 percent of those who are stopped and frisked are people of color, though they made up 90 percent of all murder suspects.
“I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course,” he said of stop-and-frisk critics. “People say, well, you know, cops shouldn’t be stopping so many of any one group . . . The cops’ job is to stop so many of groups fitting the description. It’s society’s job to make sure that no one group is disproportionately represented as potential perpetrators.”
His comments followed the City Council’s passage of two bills on Thursday aimed at curbing the practice. One bill creates an inspector general in charge of monitoring the NYPD, and the other makes it easier to sue the city for racial profiling. They passed with a veto-proof majority, but Bloomberg has said he would pressure council members to vote against overriding.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly last month said as many as 75 percent of the suspects in major crimes were described as black, though they make up 53 percent of stops.
“So really, African-Americans are being under-stopped in relation to the percentage of people being described as being the perpetrators of violent crime,” he said on TV’s “Nightline.” The stark reality is that a crime happens in communities of color.”
Additional reporting by Jensen Werley

Outrage after Mayor Bloomberg says whites are stopped and frisked more frequently than minorities
Rafael Martínez Alequín
Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:10:00 GMT

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fw: Events at Indian Road, 6/28-7/4

Indian Road Cafe
600 West 218th Street, New York, NY 10034 
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Dyckman Ferry, 1936


bliss and al  

8PM, LIVE MUSIC: Bliss Blood and Al Street
Their songs are erotic, sensual, stripped-down rhapsodies to longing, love, heartbreak, and secret desires, and tap into musical styles from across the sound spectrum, from flamenco to jazz to punk rock to North African music, anchored by Al Street's lyrical, virtuosic guitar, and Bliss Blood's dreamy, cinematic, and deeply amorous lyrics.



8PM, LIVE MUSIC: Jazz with The Upper Manhattan Collective





RAPPIN' (1985)

In Rappin', Mario Van Peebles is John Hood, a con who when released from jail goes back to his neighborhood to find his girl shacked up with a nasty gang-leader named Duane (Charles Flohe). Duane is on the take with a corrupt contractor who plans to tear down Hood's neighborhood and he and his gang serve as ruffian rowdies who help evict the tenants. John Hood will not put up with this nonsense; he throws a community rap session and gets everybody aligned against the bad guys. His rappin' is so ratin' that he (SPOILER ALERT) impresses a record company and wins his gal back.


steve murphy
1 - 3:30PM, Sunday Songs with Steve Murphy

Now in his fourth year at IRC, the Cafés longest running musical act plays piano medleys from The Beatles, Gershwin, Joel, Porter, Ragtime, Rogers and Hart, Broadway and a bit of opera. Impromptu solos of all styles receive a free drink or dessert.


jerry devore  

7PM, LIVE MUSIC: Jazz with The Jerry DeVore Trio 



4 - 7PM, Happy Hour at the bar





For 187 years in Inwood, Monday nights have seen serious singer-songwriters performing originals and covers; country, rock, folk, jazz, gospel, and alt whatever; electric and acoustic guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, accordions, harmonicas, flutes, keyboards, trombones, saxophones, basses (standup, electric, and acoustic) drums, a cello, and even a berimbau (you can look it up). Everyone is welcome to perform anything--including stand up and spoken word.




7PM, Indian Road Knitting Circle

Come on in, have a glass of wine and/or dinner, and knit.

   This week-Amanda Bynes Film Festival: Final Stages Planning


Princess Naomi     


slides, photos & artifacts from our neighborhood's past

TONIGHT: Inwood's Native American History    

LOST INWOOD will explore Inwood's rich Native American history.  We'll take a look at turn of the century photos of local archeological digs and discuss the stories behind them.

  From there we'll explore some more recent park inhabitants including "Princess" Naomie Kennedy and the staff of the "Indian Life Reservation."


And to add true authenticity to the evening members of the Shorakapok Earth Keepers will also join us. 




8 - 10PM, Trivia Night with the Dr. Jordan, the Evil Mr. Phil & (sometimes) OJ the Imposter

Come on out and join up with your friends and neighbors for a night of raucous fun and great prizes, including tickets to Broadway and sporting events.




BBQ food and drink specials all day long

Hendrick's Beer of the Week is on hiatus for 2 weeks
Indian Road Cafe | 600 West 218th Street | New York | NY | 10034

Fw: National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars Play Gordon Parks + Spring 2013 exhibitions closing this weekend!

Spring 2013 exhibitions and projects on view through June 30, 2013
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Friday, June 28, 2013, 7PM 

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars Play Gordon Parks, led by Harlem Resident Jason Marshall

Join the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars, led by long time Harlemite Jason Marshall, for an exciting, interactive concert as they perform to a selection of photographs from the exhibition Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967. Come see if you can identify the sound of a sleeping child, a busy Harlem street corner, a family at their kitchen table and more!

We would like to offer you LAST CHANCE discounted tickets for The National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars, led by Harlem resident Jason Marshall.

Please visit our page on Brown Paper Tickets to reserve your $10 tickets; use promotional code 50OFFNJMH where prompted (case sensitive).

This offer is valid through 5:00 PM (EST), Friday, June 28, 2013. 

Last Chance to see Spring 2013 Exhibitions, closing this Sunday!

This is your last weekend to see David Hartt: Stray LightFred Wilson: Local ColorGordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967,  Assembly Required: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Brothers and SistersAyé A. Aton: Space-Time ContinuumMendi + Keith Obadike: American Cypher, and Harlem Postcards Spring 2013

Also, enjoy two family-friendly activities related to the Spring 2013 exhibitions this Sunday! Sundays are always free at the Studio Museum, thanks to Target!

1pm: Gallery Tour: Houston Conwill: The Joyful Mysteries (1984–2034 A.D.) and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family, 1967
Enjoy an interactive and informative tour of Houston Conwill: The Joyful Mysteries (1984-2034 A.D.) and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967 with a knowledgeable museum educator. RSVP here.

2pm: Hands On: Create a Time Capsule
Take a look at The Joyful Mysteries, an installation of seven bronze time capsules created in 1984 by Houston Conwill (b. 1947) that contain confidential testaments by seven distinguished black Americans. Then, join us in the workshop to decorate your own time capsule that you can fill with things that are important to you. RSVP here.

David Hartt: Stray Light was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where it was curated by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator. Support for this exhibition is generously provided by the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation. The presentation at The Studio Museum in Harlem was organized by Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator.
Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967 is supported by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, with additional support from the New York Council on the Humanities. 

Left: Gordon ParksUntitled (Harlem, New York, 1967), 1967. Copyright and Courtesy The Gordon Parks Foundation / Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967 (installation view). Photo: Adam Reich  

Right: William Pope.L,Green People are Hope Without Reason, 2004. Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Barbara Karp Shuster, New York  05.4.1 / Ugo Rondinone, Wish You Were Here, 2013. Courtesy the artist / Ibrahim El-Salahi, Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams, 1961–5. Copyright Ibrahim El-Salahi and Courtesy Tate / Alex Da CorteCrossover Cameo, 2013. From Harlem Postcards Spring 2013. Courtesy the artist.

Things we love this week

DKBWAVE Training & Consulting workshops

Ellen Gallagher: Don't Axe Me at the New Museum

Agnes Gund's "Creativity Every Single Day" post for the Huffington Post

Narcissister's upcoming performance at the opening party for Dirty Looks: On Location 2013 

Performances by Kemang Wa Lehulere at the New Museum

Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist at Tate Modern
This year, The Studio Museum in Harlem is a Blue Star Museum, offering complimentary admission to active duty military personnel (including National Guard and Reserve) and up to five family members now through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. 

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. 

To find out which other institutions are participating in this initiative, click here.

Upcoming at the Studio Museum

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

11am: Lil'Studio! Postcard Mobiles
How do you capture a community on a card? The Harlem Postcards project, now in its 10th year, commissions artists to photograph Harlem, and turns their unique depictions of the neighborhood into free, limited-edition postcards. Participants will choose from a wide selection of Harlem Postcards to create a sculptural mobile. RSVP here.

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Blame Drizzy Drake: Moscato Drinkers Classified By Wine Experts As “Much More African-American, Much Lower-Income”

Blame Drizzy Drake: Moscato Drinkers Classified By Wine Experts As “Much More African-American, Much Lower-Income”

nicki minaj moscato

Black People Are 3 Times More Likely To Drink Moscato Than Other Wine

Do you love drinking moscato?????

According to NPR:

The wine of the moment — well, the past few years, actually — has been moscato. And its rise has been astronomical. “I’ve been following the wine category for over 10 years,” says Danny Brager, the senior vice president of beverage/alcohol practice at Nielsen. “Frankly, I haven’t seen anything like it at all.” Nielsen doesn’t just track TV; Brager’s group follows retail wine sales. According to Brager, the number of moscato brands has doubled in the past three years — and it’s not over yet. Sales of moscato will keep growing, he says, at about 25 percent a year.

But almost all of the big press about moscato and its newfound fame seem to forget one thing about the wine and its consumers: race. Brager says one would typically describe the average wine drinker as older, white and upper-income, and they are equally split by gender. Not so with moscato drinkers. “Much more African-American,” says Brager. “Much more Hispanic, much younger, much lower-income, much more female.”

Brager says African-Americans are three times more likely to drink moscato than some other table wine. That’s believable, especially if you listen to hip-hop. As long I can remember, some rapper has been name-dropping some type of alcohol in his or her song. For a while it was the champagne Cristal. I distinctly remember the liqueur Hypnotiq being big when I was in college, and ciroc vodka is trending a bit right now. But moscato has trumped them all.

Lil’ Kim is believed to have first rapped about it in 2005: “Still over in Brazil sippin’ moscato, ya must have forgot though, so I’mma take you back to the block yo.” But Drake gets most of the credit for putting moscato on the map, in a song from a 2009 mixtape. The lyrics include the line: “It’s a celebration — clap clap bravo. Lobster and shrimp and a glass of moscato.”

After that, it became a hip-hop staple, name-dropped everywhere. Most recently, the wine was featured prominently in the chorus of a Waka Flocka Flame song (“I’mma sip moscato, and you gon’ lose them pants”), as well as in one featuring Kendrick Lamar. Moscato even found its way into the world of reality TV. For a while, NeNe Leakes of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was pushing her own brand, Miss Moscato. It’s unclear how moscato got so big with hip-hop — and black people — so quickly.

At the San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles one sunny Sunday afternoon, I found dozens of these moscato wine converts, like Quintasha Scorza. Scorza first sampled moscato while she was working at an Olive Garden restaurant. After that, she was hooked. She was at the winery with a group of girlfriends — all black — celebrating one of their birthdays. All of the women in the group — and many of the people in the winery — were drinking wines like moscato. The wine drinkers are young; they’re Latino, or black or Asian. And a lot of them are pretty new to this: Moscato is their gateway wine.

But people who like moscato really don’t care. Moscato drinkers are loyal to their brand — so loyal that beverage makers are flooding the market with various moscato spin-offs. Beer and moscato-mixed drink recipes. Nicki Minaj-endorsed coconut moscato. Moscato-infused vodka? Yeah. That exists. Riboli may be on to something: There is nothing wrong with sweet potato pie. Soon, there’ll be a slice of it for everyone.

Wow. Very interesting. Thoughts on this??

Blame Drizzy Drake: Moscato Drinkers Classified By Wine Experts As “Much More African-American, Much Lower-Income”
Bossip Staff
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:24:38 GMT