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Cardi B Graces Cover Of New York Magazine

You’ll have a tough time naming someone who’s year was more lit than Cardi B. The Bronx native is on the cover of New York magazine’s newest issue.

Adorned in an all pink Fendi peacoat everyone’s favorite regular, degular, shmegular girl continues to make money moves. Titled “Cardi B. Was Made To Be This Famous”, the iconic publication shadows her the night of her Jimmy Jimmel Live! performance back in September and as she navigates throughout her daily duties as Rap’s newest star.


Styles P and Jadakiss Co-Own “JUICES FOR LIFE” Juice Bar & Talk Healthy Eating

Juices for Life is a new juice bar in the Bronx, but most people don’t know that rappers Jadakiss and Styles P are behind the venture. A juice bar in the Bronx? It’s no secret that freshly pressed green juice is a favorite among the SoulCycle set, but it may come as a surprise to learn Jadakiss and Styles P have brought out juice lovers in the Bronx. The shop has a solid four-and-a-half star rating on Yelp.

Today! June 23: FROM MAMBO TO HIP HOP: BRONX 7:30-10pm. Free! Outdoor Screening



Rescheduled Due to Weather: Tuesday, June 23, 7:30pm to 10:00pm

7:30 to 8:30pm DJ David Medina

8:30 to 9:30pm Film
9:30pm to 10pm Q&A with director Henry Chalfant

Free admission

Location: Target Community Garden, 1025 Anderson Avenue, Bronx, NY

About From Mambo to Hip Hop
Produced by Elena Martínez and Steve Zeitlin, directed by Henry Chalfant. 56 minutes.
Even in its darkest period, the Bronx created young hip hop artists in music, dance, art, and poetry in the forms of deejay mixes, b-boying, graffiti, and rap. Chalfant shows how closely linked are the two cultures of salsa and breaking.

New York City’s borough of the South Bronx was home to many of the new immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other Caribbean islands in the late 40s and early 50s. Machito had already made his musical mark with his Afro-Cuban mixture of Caribbean music and jazz. Mambo ruled the dance floor. Soon Ray Barreto, Willie Colon, and Eddie Palmieri joined existing bands and then formed their own groups to introduce new songs, rhythms, and dances, all of which eventually led to the salsa revolution of the 1970s.  The Fania All-Stars propelled salsa across the nation and beyond.

Growing up in the midst of salsa rhythms, younger dancers, both African American and Latinos, responded most strongly to the instrumental “breaks” being selected by deejays rebelling against the disco craze of the 70s. Soon mixes of these breaks became the music for “break dancers” (eventually known as b-boys/b-girls).

2015 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams: June – September @ various parks in the Bronx and Harlem!

2015 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams: June – September – presented by Rane @ various parks in the Bronx and Harlem!
DJs who confirmed to rock the 2015 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams include Biz Markie, DJ Rectangle, DJ Steve Dee, Bobbito, Bobby Morales, Dj Lean Rock, DJ Slyce, Charlie Chase, Jorge Fabel Pabon (of course), Jazzy Jay, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Marlon B, Chairman Mao , Kool DJ Red Alert & more tba once they check their emails and get back to me ….

June – Spanish Harlem Hop every Thurs. God willing – Park tba – we are working on it now.

July – Crotona Park – Bronx – every Thurs. God willing.

Aug. Diggers Delight – Harlem – every Tues. @ St. Nicholas Park, God willing.

Sept. some kind of park jams somewhere in some park, God willing!

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Hip-Hop Pioneers Plan a Museum for the Bronx .. To showcase the history & legacy of Hip Hop culture & elements









Before hip-hop became a musical genre, it was a form of expression — and an escape — for its early creators in the Bronx.

Now some of those elders of the genre want to underscore its Bronx roots by opening a hip-hop museum inside the Kingsbridge Armory, a long-empty fortress that is being redeveloped into a national ice sports center. The museum — to be called the Universal Hip Hop Museum — would utilize interactive technology to provide a comprehensive look at hip-hop, including its historical and cultural roots and the contributions of break dancers and disc jockeys, according to museum organizers.

“Many people have a misconception of what hip-hop is,” said Afrika Bambaataa, who is often called the godfather of hip-hop and will serve as the museum’s chairman. “When they say hip-hop, they only say it’s the rapper, and there’s a whole culture and movement behind it.”

The plan for the museum was announced by a group of hip-hop artists and their supporters at a news conference in front of City Hall on Wednesday after a City Council ceremony inside to honor the achievements of Mr. Bambaataa and other early hip-hop pioneers, including Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Grand Wizard Theodore. The new museum, which is still being developed, is the latest in a line of efforts to honor hip-hop that date back to at least the mid-1990s.

In a separate project, Craig Wilson, co-founder of the National Museum of Hip-Hop, said that he was in negotiations with developers to open his museum in Harlem, though he added that he would consider a proposed location in the Bronx. But citing studies on foot traffic and tourists, he added that “the numbers in Manhattan make more sense financially than in the Bronx.”

Rocky Bucano, the president of the planned Universal Hip Hop Museum, said that their effort was different because it had the backing of Mr. Bambaataa and other artists who have agreed to serve on an advisory committee for the museum and raise money on its behalf. He said that they hoped to open in the armory by 2017. “Since we started the art form,” he said, “we think we should have the most invested in it.”

The redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory will include 52,000 square feet of space dedicated to community use, said Councilman Fernando Cabrera, whose district includes the armory.

Mr. Cabrera said that while he supported the idea of a hip-hop museum, the final decision would be made by an advisory board that was still being appointed to oversee the community benefits from the armory. He added that about a dozen community groups have expressed interest in using space at the armory, including a youth basketball program.

Grandmaster Melle Mel said that a hip-hop museum could draw tourists to the Bronx and become a destination like Yankee Stadium. “If you just keep it on the music level it cheapens it,” he said. “To embrace it as an art form, that’s what makes it a museum.”

krs one speaks on the great hip-hop museum debate