Yesterday, Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis along with the N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) announced they would not attend Saturday’s opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, citing the attendance of President Trump. Lewis in a press statement said, “Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum. The struggles represented in this museum exemplify the truth of what really happened in Mississippi. President Trump disparaging comments about women, the disabled, immigrants and National Football League players disrespect the efforts of Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, Medgar Evers, Robert Clark, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwener and countless others who have given their all for Mississippi to be a better place.” The images of historical figures are essential in the public content they’re presented within. Why is Martin Luther King Jr.’s bust still in President Trump’s Oval Office? The MLK bust has no place in President Trump’s Oval Office. Our societal simplicity of history has led to a misrepresentation of historical figures which have consequences on our interpretation of the present.

For starters, Americans lack an understanding of basic history. In 2016, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni studied the inclusion of American history in the curricula of the leading colleges and universities in the United States, which revealed startling facts. The study found that only about half of the students at the top 50 colleges and universities could identify the purpose of The Federalist Papers, and 22 percent knew that the phrase, “government of the people, by the people, for the people” could be found in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. What this means is that you can get away with an image of almost anything in American history. That leads me to the conflict of placing Dr. King’s bust in the White House.

Dr. King is one of the most significant figures in American history.  However, he was an activist who fought against the systems of oppositions and war. Placing the bust in the Oval Office is a misrepresentation and disservice to his role in history.  His bust also should not have been in the Oval Office, during Obama's presidency when drone strikes were occurring. However, it has no the business there today with a President who entertains hateful forces of violence, sexism, racism, homophobia on a daily basis. Along with disregarding basic democratic norms of a healthy democracy. We have to protect the legacy of our historical figures in society.


Dear Bronxites. Say goodbye to many of your favorite organizations, likely to be shut down in the next few rounds of fundraising, most of which support the youth, the arts, and those who are destitute.

The lengths of dubiousness which the GOP has gone into getting this bill passed makes it clear; Congress is gambling with the lives of millions of people who rely on charitable and government social services by increasing the deficit to fund tax cuts.

The elimination of the charitable deduction for 31 million middle and upper-middle income taxpayers causes such damage to the not for profit sector; it will have no choice but to oppose the bill.

Because the bill increases the standard deduction, fewer people would take the itemized deduction for charitable contributions which would lead to a decline in charitable giving.
Charities had pushed for people to be able to deduct their donations regardless of whether they itemize. While some GOP lawmakers took up their cause, a universal charitable deduction was not included in the bill.
When Trump ran on DRAINING THE SWAMP, did you know he was talking about us????


On October 7th the Third Ave Bridge finally received the attention it deserves from its surrounding community. Blox NYC and the Third Avenue Bid led a group of volunteers clad in orange t-shirts with the now recognizable Rocking The Bridge logo, in a massive clean up of the infamous and neglected bridge. That Saturday morning I joined friends and volunteers from the Mott Haven Bar & Grill, The Hub BID, The Mott Haven Historic District, Empanology, community residents, and of course members of Blox NYC. With brooms, bleach, gloves, and paint donated by the Altmark Group, we split up into teams. The groups shoveled human waste, painted the pillars under the bridge, and swept up used condoms, needles, and cigarette butts. News 12 reported on our efforts, hopefully bringing citywide attention to a chronic problem.



 This was my first time on the bridge. As I joined Samuel Brooks from the MHHD sweeping up what seemed to be an endless amount of used cigarettes and coffee cups, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of pedestrian traffic. We had to dodge bikers, joggers and step aside for people making their way to Harlem. With such a huge amount of pedestrian traffic on a Saturday morning, I could imagine how busy it is on weekdays. For the city to let the bridge fall into its current condition is simply unacceptable. Marco Shalma founder and CCO of Blox NYC and Blox TV says, “What upsets me is families having to walk through piles of feces and garbage. Rocking The Bridge was an initiative that we founded to create a situation where we can take control over that.” After using social media and phone calls to try and get the city’s attention about the bridge’s condition, it was decided that the community must go about this alone and lead by example.


The Rocking the Bridge Initiative, was sponsored by The Bruckner Building. Owner Daren Hornig says, “You only get to make a first impression once. So I think the impression of coming over the bridge which connects Manhattan to The Bronx is critical. You want it to be clean, safe, and you want it to be an environment that people feel is welcoming. The essence of Rocking The Bridge is bringing the community together.” 

The generosity of local businesses must be recognized. Filtered provided free coffee to participants, and Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen made sure cold beers were available that afternoon. This was the first of a series of community clean up events. The next cleanup date is October 21st, followed by a block party on the 22nd. What’s a better way to celebrate a job well done?





Though I’m a native of the South Bronx, I have never felt as though I fit into the Bronx, leading to a love-hate relationship. There are days where I love the Bronx; the culture, style, history, and easy commute into the city and then, as quick a light switch; I hate the Bronx. It’s dirty streets, regular trash on the sidewalks, strange smells which come out of nowhere but the Bronx is changing. New buildings, restaurants, art galleries are opening. According to the latest NYU Furman Center report, a center which researches city’s housing and urban policy listed Mott Haven, the neighborhood I live in among the city’s top gentrifying neighborhoods. With rents going up 28% since the 1990’s. The Bronx is finally transforming, but I know that the changes aren’t meant for me.

I grew up living in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, the world’s most famous sports arena. My mom is a teacher, and my dad is a photojournalist, both of whom are old school community activists, who started a nonprofit: Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary, which focus on educating city’s youth on environmental sustainability. I was never a child of the Bronx, with the high crime rates, unemployment, and low education attainment but that doesn’t mean I didn't know it. I was classmates and friends with kids who were, that if my life circumstances were different, I could have been them. But the kids, who were like “me,” we all knew each other. We didn’t fit into the stereotypes on both ends, always trapped.

After I completed my undergraduate degree, I moved from my parents’ neighborhood to Mott Haven neighborhoods or “Piano District.” The name has never bothered me; any causal Historian would tell you New York City's neighborhood have always been rebranded. The Upper West Side was once Bloomingdale, Wingate in Central Brooklyn used to be Pingate and Yellowhook is now Bayridge. Everything changes cause everything for sale. I think about this every morning as I walk on my street, littered with newly refurbish historic brownstones and construction of nearby condominiums. Condominiums, which down payments are several times the net income of residents in the government housing nearby.

As reported by 2012, census record, about 27 percent of the population in the Bronx live below the poverty line versus 20 percent in Brooklyn. When gentrification hits here, most of us won’t be able to afford it, and those of us who survive the first wave of gentrification will eventually be pushed out by the second and third waves. That’s the pattern of it, some survive, but mostly everyone is priced out. That’s what happened to my friends who lived in Harlem, Kipps Bay, Washington Heights, Inwood, Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, and Bushwick. It’s like being a dinosaur seeing the asteroid racing across the sky.

Now, all of us children from the Bronx both the “good” and “bad” kids see it coming and understand it. You become suspicious of the smallest changes to, “our block,” a street being fixed, a new coffee shop, new restaurants, etc. There’s becomes no more separation amongst us, but then there’s a sense of pride that finally our moment has arrived to be acknowledged and treated like human beings. We just question if it really for us. Love and hate indeed.


Love's in the air. Today is the wedding anniversary of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The couple devoted their love and sealed companionship, 25 years ago. Their love is valued among many Americans.

anniversaryMichelle Obama devoted her love to her forever partner through a warming Instagram post: "Happy 25th-anniversary @barackobama. A quarter of a century later, you're still my best friend & the most extraordinary man I know. I 💕 you."- (@michelleobama)

President Obama also delivered a warm message to his phenomenal- "Happy Anniversary. 💕"- (@barackobama)

We deeply miss the Obamas.












In the 1980s, Human Immunodeficiency Virus - (HIV) / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) became an epidemic in the United States predominantly in the West Coast. Icons like: Easy-E, Pedro Zamora, and famous AID's activist /artist Keith Harding have succumbed to this illness which shortened their young and talented lives.

Today September 22, BCC news announced a possible new testing to slow down the strength of the life-threating duo disease. The new site article "New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains" by health and science reporter, James Gallagher explains the progress of update research to cure HIV/AIDS of a French Pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The Paris based company reveals their tactics of their research and work to attach the strain which creates the AIDs symptoms.

The article reveals Sanofi work analysis:

The International Aids Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough." Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat the infection.

Our bodies struggle to fight HIV because of the virus' incredible ability to mutate and change its appearance.

Confident to find a cure for HIV

Dr. Gary Nabel, the chief scientific officer at Sanofi confidently tells BCC news, "We're getting 99% coverage, and getting coverage at deficient concentrations of the antibody." Although this is great news, over 3 million people worldwide live with HIV / AID causing half of the people to demise terminally and fatally.

To learn more about HIV / AIDS: visit www.publichealth.org


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The chances of such program passing legislation are as good as an Anthony Wiener's 2020 presidential campaign. None!
I read four comprehensive articles about the subject, and when I say 4 I mean 2. The bottom line is, that though a government-run single-payer-health-care system providing insurance coverage to all Americans sounds amazing, this shit ain't happening.


Sanders wants to make sure that Americans don't pay out of pocket when they visit the doctor. He wants us to have a coverage package that is more generous than even Canada and Norway has, by including eye and dental care and no deductible. He claims that the reduced administrative waste caused by having to deal with thousand of insurers in the current system will counter the increased cost of his Medicare-for-all plan.


Sounds good, right? Here's the thing:

1. Sanders still hasn't explained how we are going to pay for that.
2. Most Dems are not close to even considering such a leftie concept, especially those up for reelection in red states.
3. Should we even mention enormous tax increase? *see #1
4. Insurers, drug companies, and all their 'beneficiaries' will put up a bloody fight

Bernie understands that and says: “Nobody has all the answers. What I can say is we are going to be listing some revenue-raising proposals, which will generate more than enough money to pay for what we want to do.”  The idea sounds great, though the timing, cost, and the support don't. I, personally, think that Bernie knows what he is doing, why he is doing it, and more importantly, why now.


Think about it; Trump uses a simple, yet brilliant tactic consistently - move the status quo so far to your direction and force your opponent to compromise well in your territory. We've seen it in every move he made, including, of course, The Obamacare. If anyone in D.C is smart enough to realize that - It's Sanders, understanding, that if you want to leave things where they are, at least until we relieve ourselves of president-num-nut in 2020, you have to pull a hard left, so you can end up where you've started.



Make sense? Once again, Bernie is a mofo'ing gangsta!

Read more about the detail here.


In the Bronx, 30% of children live under the poverty line and our community is plagued by obesity, diabetes and undernourishment. In 2015, we were named the unhealthiest of 62 districts in NYC for the 6th year in a row, prompting Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to establish the #Not62 hashtag and create a partnership with Montefiore and the Department of Health to combat the health disparities.

Lily Kesselman, a Mott Haven resident, mother and wedding photographer, was also tired of the lack of healthy options available near her home. After taking an Urban Farming class with Just Food's Farm School NYC, she and a few neighbors decided they would help play a role in the battle against the Bronx's health crises by offering the one thing the Bronx has been missing: options.

In 2014, The South Bronx Farmers Market was created, offering affordable, local produce to residents once a week. For the first time, farmers and community gardens from around the city were able to connect directly to the consumers of the South Bronx face-to-face.

Farmers market

Since it's opening, the market has grown as part of the community and has been able to expand; it's now open two days a week and offers tutorials and educational programming to local children and families.

The South Bronx Farmers Market is located on 138th Street, between Willis and Alexander Avenues on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10am-4pm. The season ends on November 22nd.

Visit the website: http://www.southbronxfarmersmarket.com/


Not long ago, we made a video titled "Condoms, Needles, and Poop WTF??!!" which describe the horror of walking the pedestrian walkway between Harlem and the South Bronx. And yes, it is filled with the above on a regular base. But there's more. The bridge acts as a shelter to a growing number of homeless, a side motel to street walkers, an outhouse to the random individual on the run, a favorite spot for cheaply produced, alcohol infused music videos, and a drive in lunch and nap lot to littering EMT's and other mobilized professions.


If you just pulled a stunk face thinking about the above paragraph, you're on point. We've been tweeting the DOT, continually calling 311, and attempted to rally some of the local folks to help with managing the disaster, but without much luck.

Enter, Michael Brady and Third Avenue Bid.
Michael is the Executive Director for the BID, a South Bronx resident, and a rising star in the community leadership. He possesses vast experience in all things local government and an impressive speed dial list.








The BID or Business Improvement District, a public-private partnership governed by a Board of Directors and derives its revenue from an annual assessment on all real property located within its boundaries, promotes the growth, vitality, and visibility of the commercial corridor. The organization serves over 200,000 individuals daily with a mission is to keep one of NYC’s most trafficked shopping districts clean, safe, and attractive to businesses, workers, community residents, and visitors.


bridgeThe BID, lead by Mr. Brady, has been monumental in assisting and consulting the formation of the South Bronx Alliance, a local business improvement organization with intending on becoming a local bid covering Bruckner Blvd and the lower parts of 138th st. In addition to the tedious but crucial paperwork, grant writing, legal documentation, blah blah, the team understands the importance of activating the community, feet on the ground. They have been orchestrating a few key events to take place throughout the remainder of 2017, in partnership with BLOX NYC, EDIBLE BRONX, BRONX EATS, SOUTH BRONX FARMERS MARKET, and FIT BRONX.



On October 7th and 21st, we will gather a group of locals to power wash the bridge, clean the passages, safe proof both walkways and underpasses, and beautify the surrounding. We will also document the process and share it with city and borough officials, and local developers/ business owners. The cleanup will culminate with an OCTOBER 22nd BLOCK PARTY under the bridge where we will celebrate our strong and active community with a clean and safe Third Ave bridge, great food dished by a dozen restaurants, great music, street activation, health education, and lot and lot of fun.

So, save the date. OCTOBER 22nd. More info to come soon.


Our planet has experienced defeats: Donald Trump planning to ban the DACA program, Labor Day weekend claims eight lives- Chicago (7) and New York (1) and death toll rise due from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, destroying Texas last weekend. The category four hurricane made its August 25 arrival and landfall occurred the next day, the 26th. A possible event coming out from the eruption of natural disasters and catastrophe, the view of  2017 Solar Eclipse appeared August 21, 2017, for approximately from three to four hours varying from each continent.

Capture of Solar Eclipse 2017










The view of the Solar Eclipse was the main topic of conversation on all social media outlets for the past two weeks until the news of hurricane season.


Hurricane Season

The comfortable seasons of Summer and Fall are indeed joyful but it's also the season for natural disasters to arrive. A total of six hurricanes have occurred from the Atlantic this year: Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia . The three musketeers: Harvey, Irma and Katia are powerful, causing millions of dollars of damages, death and chaos throughout the North and South American continents.

Hurricane Harvey- August 25-28

The storm started a slow approach as a brief tropical storm. The Weather Channel reports:

Aug. 17- That disturbance finally formed into Tropical Storm Harvey east of the Lesser Antilles. Those islands experienced locally heavy rain and gusty winds as Harvey passed through.

Aug. 19- Harvey succumbed to dry air and unfavorable winds aloft in the eastern Caribbean, and the National Hurricane Center ceased advisories.


Aug. 23-The remnants of Harvey continued to push northwest for several days and eventually crossed Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Once its remnants moved back over water in the southwest Gulf of Mexico, Harvey quickly reformed into a tropical depression.

Aug. 25- In just 56 hours, Harvey grew from a regenerated tropical depression over the Gulf of Mexico into a Category 4 hurricane as it made landfall near the Texas Gulf Coast.

Aug. 25 continued: Rockport, a town of fewer than 10,000 people and about 30 miles up the Texas coast from Corpus Christi. Maximum sustained winds in Harvey's eyeball were 130 mph at that time, making it a Category 4, Harvey was the nation's first major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane landfall since Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida in October 2005, an almost 12-year run. It was the slow movement from Aug. 26-30 that led to the catastrophic flooding that was observed in southeast Texas.

Aftermath of Harvey


Volunteers save dog from Hurricane Harvey floods

This overview of this reported was surprising and devastating. The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey left Houston underwater with 70 billion dollar damages, abandoned/sacred animals and 65 lives perished including: A texas mom, 41 year old Beaumont resident saved infant daughter from Harvey's flood on the interstate. A family suffers a loss: the family of late Tejano singer Selena also perished in Harvey waters.  Manuel Saldivar, 84, his spouse Belia, 81, and great-grandchildren Devy Saldivar, 16, Dominique Saldivar, 14, Xavier Saldivar, 8 and Daisy Saldivar, 6 died as they were swept away by flood waters . Manuel's son, Sammy Saldivar, was the only person to survive the attempt to seek higher ground during the flooding. This is a tragedy.


Hurricane Irma September 6- Present

Another hurricane, Category 5 Irma made its way towards the Caribbean. This past Wednesday, the female hurricane ripped through the small island of Barbuda located by Antigua, killing a two-year old and destroying the entire island. Yesterday, Irma headed up north to Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, leaving millions without power and damaged homes. This weekend, Hurricane Irma will be heading for its target, Florida increasing havoc and paranoia among the residents. Hurricane Irma is expecting to hit Florida on Saturday.


Governor Rick Scott on Hurricane Irma: "This thing's coming; It looks like it's going to go right through the middle of our state."

Florida Governor Scott's calls a state of emergency 

Hurricanes Jose and Katia

As Hurricane Irma is actively bringing destruction up North, two more Hurricanes will be a problem. Hurricanes Jose and Katia follow closely behind Irma to join in on the pathway to destruction. Radar and news all over are keeping track of their whereabouts.

Hurricane Jose- CNN reports: Hurricane Jose strengthened to an "hazardous" Category 4 storm Friday, with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Jose will make landfall this weekend, following Irma's path.

Hurricane Katia- The current category 1 hurricane slowly reaches into the Gulf of Mexico. An update from U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC):  By mid-morning, Katia was 160 miles (255 km) east of the port of Tampico, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (155 km per hour), making the storm a Category 2 hurricane.

What's causing this Mayhem?

Discipline Luke

Many people including myself ask this question: Why is this happening? Three Hurricanes happening all at once? Some people believe the new testament verse: 21:25-26



The Bronx isn't known for its flowers, but it should be. From the Botanical Garden to Pelham Bay Park to Crotona Park to Co-Op City, we got varieties of flora to fawn over. Verde Flowers is a staple in the flower industry and another Bronx gem that gets more than slept on. Located, at the foot of the Third Avenue Bridge on Bruckner Boulevard, the storefront has been servicing local communities and others around New York State for over ten years. flowers

Thousands of cars pass by the shop every day as they cross the bridge to enter Harlem or take the FDR to settle in Manhattan or Brooklyn but few experience it from the inside. The shop works as a part-prep station for employees and also as a boutique with flower styles offered, as well as a variety of handmade decor that combines the urban aesthetic with floral design.



Mike Gonzalez, is co-owner and creative director of the Mott Haven flower shop. He's a Bronx native with over 20 years of experience in floral design and event decor. The Blox crew sat down with Mike to hear stories about the origin of Verde Flowers, how the neighborhood has changed since the shop's opening and what he hopes for the future.

Follow Verde Flowers on Instagram and Facebook.


"We want to be the compass that helps men of color navigate those journeys.” Jason Rosario stated in an interview with thegrio.com this past June. He was explaining  the impact  a lack of authenticity and vulnerability in a digital landscape had had on men of color and how he's like to counteract it. It's a perfect sentence to summarize the intention of The Lives of Men, an integrated media + lifestyle website, founded by Jason, this past January. Their intention is to focus on chronicling positive and diverse stories of men in color.

The Lives of Men

As the oldest of 5 children, raised by a single mother in the Bronx, Jason has always been a leader and he's now utilizing those skills to help lead the next generation of young men. He hopes the website can serve inspiration and instruction while providing tools not afforded to him while growing up. The website's name symbolizes the complexity of being a back man in America in 2017.  Jason stresses the importance of featuring stories as diverse as the variety of experiences of all men of color and the importance of men being self-aware and in tune with their emotions in an environment that is inclusive to women and the LGBTQ community.





The Lives of MenSo what's on the mind of a black man who has dedicated himself to improving the perception of men of color in a racially tense America in 2017? We asked him. His response: Jay-Z's "4:44" and letting go "because at the end of the day, shit is not that serious."


Check out The Lives of Men and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.



A helpful tip for NYC students to start the school year off on the right foot. The first week of school every year is full of mixed feelings: anxiety, curiously and excitement trying to overcome homework and classroom setbacks. Carmen Fariña, the NYC Chancellor of 1,600 schools, proposed wise tips for parents and students while saddling up the months of school ahead. News 12 Bronx interviewed the longtime educator, capturing her smooth approach of steps to having a stellar school year. Fariña, mother, and grandmother persist on the first day of school; parents should take their child to school despite their age. She explains the importance of parents taking their child to school, "Why not if your child knows your leaving them in a place you respect and thing its a good thing, that's fabulous." Ending her interview, she told News 12 Bronx reporter Krissy Reader: "Going to school can be fun, but if you don't go to school, the rest of your life won't be fulfilling."

Click to view Farnia's News 12 Bronx interview
Taking the initiative to go to school and receiving an education is challenging but rewarding. It's been two years since I have graduated with bachelors from college. Educators including Fariña who deliver their compassion and wisdom to help students achieve greatness is a plus.

To more words of wisdom from NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña, click this video below:




Even if you're knee deep into the current events happening in our country; it's hard to keep up. From Russia to North Korea to Charlottesville: more is going on than can be digested at a reasonable rate. The toddler-like attention span of President Trump and the media doesn't help the situation. We are here to help, however.


Recently, The New York Times published a draft report by scientists of 13 federal agencies concluding that Americans are already feeling the effects of climate change. DUH!!!! The extinction of our favorite seasons of "spring" and "fall" has been proof that the patterns of the world's temperature is changing...rapidly.

But do most people have the ability to explain what global warming is and why it's detrimental to our planet's future🤔? Doubt it😁. If you are one of the few people who saw An Inconvenient Truth and therefore, understand the changes occurring. Are you savvy enough to explain it to your uninformed elders? How about the herds of naysayers sitting on your friend's list? If your response is no - don't fret, big-little brother, pSwitch sat down and explained all the science, in a "slightly scientific way." Now, you can skip the research process and get right to tagging your friends.

Moral of the story: CLIMATE CHANGE! BAD!!

Maybe if the report explained it in a language that our President could understand, he'd finally acknowledge the facts.trump




Do you want to know how fucked up things are nowadays in the South Bronx? I give you - The Third Ave Bridge.

The bridge is a pedestrian route, connecting The Bronx to Manhattan. It is plagued with- right in front of our frickin’ faces- prostitution, homelessness, and hardcore drug use that litters the walkway, the nearby playground, and both underpasses: used condoms, human feces, and needles.



You heard me: the bridge is littered with condoms, human feces, and needles.


bridgeBut this is the dilemma; The Bronx government doesn’t have the budget to clean this mess up. The police ignore broad daylight pimping. The housing authority doesn't give a damn about the homeless invading the underpasses. The Mayor's office is passing it around like an unwanted adopted child. The DOT defers concerned parents to the purgatory that is a 311 hotline. The South Bronx community is too busy making minimum wage and alternately fighting Freshdirect. And the wealthy developers that are building around embrace the attitude of 'once bitten twice shy' with gentrification being called out following every move they make.

What about us? Those who cross the bridge to go to work/school/practice every day? It seems like everyone else knows what we want better than us, and they will fight tooth and nail over that, without asking us, of course.

Hashtag This Sucks!

So, Fuck that noise. Take things in your hands and be loud till someone picks up the trash. Literally.

Here's how we do it.  Share if you care.