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.


I love this show. I love everything about it. Well, except for the painfully beautiful Logan Browning aka DWP's weakest link.

The show' creator, the amazing, Justin Simien has created what most filmmakers and show runners only dream of; A perfect multi-perspective piece that includes the only thing that matters in any incident worth writing about - the complete and absolute personal view of each participant. Which is tough, trust me.

The entire season one is crafted in a way that it keeps telling the same story - the black face party - but every time from another character's point of view, and while considering the essence of what makes us do things as human, love, hate, sadness, pressure, pain. The script is just so damn smart and thoughtful, and funny and emotional, and yes, I am jealous.

The acting is pretty fucking fantastic as well! We are talking about a lineup that will make ANY PRIME TIME show, or mega film proud: Brandon P Bell Antoinette RobertsonDeRon HortonJohn Patrick Amedori, Jemar Michael and my favorite -Marque Richardson - all do an amazing job, and I can't wait for their Hollywood take over. 


One other nugget is the fact that Tina Mabry (one of my favorite young directors) and Barry Jenkins (oh, you know, Barry Jenkins) have director credit on a few episode and both leave their distinct footprint though respectful to the piece.

So, what's my problem? Relax. Logan Browning isn't on par with the cast, script or the directors. Sorry, but she isn't. And it's not that I am comparing her to the incomparable Tessa Thompson because I don't. I just didn't believe her acting most of the time. I still binged the show in 2 seating though. The show's creators and Netflix are working on season 2 as we speak, and if they decide to leave Logan as Sam, I hope they'll consider getting her some nonacting lessons.








Marc Maron is a funny guy. His style of uber realistic and dark comedy has been the perfect tone for a generation that has had enough but is, even more, fitting during Trump's America.

The opening bit talks about the day to day news blasts coming from the white house will have you nodding in sad agreement while you'll try laughing. He moves into the 'I am at the age where I only do what I want because I am about to die any minute' and set the grounds to 'remember the time when you realized your dad is an idiot?" and don't even get me started about the -I am over art...

The special is all that you can expect from Maron, a top comedian that is reminiscing the great Carlin with his wittiness and sense of timing. His best trait is the fact that you do believe he is suffering and just waiting to expire while writing his self-observational lazy bits.

I am not sure if I laughed or was just nodding in agreement throughout the Rolling Stones and the hat buying bits.

Watch the trailer here and then watch the full show on Netflix.  Oh,  and twitter that Mofo and give him love.





DrafthouseWhat are the two things that The Bronx & Paris have in common? Being notoriously known for a variety of exceptional foods and inspiring art. This Wednesday, the worlds will collide at The Bronx Drafthouse, a local bar/restaurant located up the block from Yankee Stadium, known for its craft beer, burgers, and delicious sides. The drafthouse will be hosting a meet and greet with the international photographer, Matteo Pellegrinuzzi and feature his "The Bronx/ La Villette" exhibit.




MatteoMatteo is a Paris-based still photographer whose work has been featured throughout France and Italy, alike. In his newest exhibit, he created a series of photos featuring local people from both The Bronx and La Vilette in Paris. The images give a glimpse into the contrast of cultures, traditions, and histories of the world-renowned locations.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, September 6th, at 5 pm and will offer a unique menu that represents both of the photographed locations:

The Bronx: Bronx Burger & French Fries + Bronx Based Draft Beer $14.95 pp + Tax

Paris: Croque Monsieur & French Fries + Bronx Based Draft Beer $14.95 pp + Tax


Stop by The Bronx Drafthouse for an evening of art, food, beer and cultural fusion.

The Bronx Draft HouseMatteo Pellagrinuzzi


The Bronx Art Space is a Non-for-Profit that promotes the innovative ideas of underrepresented and emerging artists and curators. It is dedicated to exhibiting quality artwork from The Bronx and around the world with a mission to foster dialogue around global issues.



A three-venue exhibition between Andrew Freedman Home, BronxArtSpace and Swing Space, STATE PROPERTY is a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumption of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries. The exhibition asks guests to consider what “Made in the U.S.A” currently means about the incarceration system and corporate outsourcing. Currency and choice are the springboards towards a much deeper dialogue that recognizes these injustices.


Opening Receptions

Sep 8, 6-9pm at BronxArtSpace

Sep 15, 6-8 at Swing Space

Sep 22, 6-11pm at The Andrew Freedman Home


STATE PROPERTY describes a citizen that once incarcerated is inspected, cataloged, housed, and assigned to the state as its property like a slave whose body if damaged or altered from its original value is further financially penalized.

STATE PROPERTY also describes all goods manufactured in correctional facilities and government land and buildings from courthouses to public housing, in which many of these products from furniture to mops are then used.

When major corporations can buy into this labor system as a way of appealing to the “locally owned, locally grown” fad, the prison industrial complex pins inmates into either forced labor as a means to pay back the cost of their incarceration or solitary confinement as punishment. Prisoners provide luxury and everyday items that they cannot partake in, while taxpayers provide for the upkeep of prisons. As incarceration rates grow exponentially, taxpayer money is transferred from poor minority communities to white rural counties to reject these drastic shifts in population.

The boundaries that are challenged between product, services, and citizenry are intentionally blurred by the artists forcing us to question how we define ourselves and personal ethics within our social system.

Touching upon a narrative that categorizes people of color as property, STATE PROPERTY comments on power paradigms that perpetuate today’s socioeconomic tiers, and simultaneously presents a

visual alternative that is more hopeful. Through painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, artists scrutinize mass incarceration, police brutality, class conflict, and racial hierarchy.


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Over the past few months, the internet has been on an all out search for things that bring us together at a time when not much does. The most recent version of this, the solar eclipse, was reasonably successful in distracting us from what the news cycle has turned into since November. Yes, we're at the point of relying on natural phenomenon that only last an afternoon, to unite the country. This has us asking - is there anything we’re actually responsible for that we Americans can agree on?

Roger Goodell thinks so. The numbers don't lie: we, Americans - LOVE FOOTBALL, excluding the recent clashing of opinions on Colin Kaepernick's black balling, the NFL and all that it brings, is usually where a lot of us find common ground, even through rivalries. Jets and Dolphins fans might not agree on much throughout the year - or have any similarities for that matter - but they share the common practice of losing to the Patriots, and that essentially makes them one in the same.

Football season is short and sweet, leading to the biggest sporting event in the world - the Super Bowl, and we all passionately indulge in it week after week. BUT, even more than that, Football season marks the beginning of FANTASY FOOTBALL, the game within the game.

The season begins with all league members setting out on a winner takes all (or most) 17-week-contest leading to a roller coaster of ups and downs. Winning requires that you put in the time, have a bit of skill, footballand benefit from A LOT of luck. This type of competition IS the american way - it’s also a reminder that losing sucks. Like a lot!! As it should! Mostly because you won't hear the end of it - at least until next season.




For those of us that have been playing for a long time, there are only two seasons in the year: Fantasy Football season and rest of the year. Sunday's are holy for the right reasons, your team is an extension of you, and you get to compete with the people you most enjoy talking shit to.

You finally have a purpose; you get to watch your players perform on a weekly basis, play out your pre-season predictions for the world. If they go well, you get to enjoy the ego bump of looking like you know what you’re doing. If things go the other way for you early on, there’s just no real comeback to “how did you draft such a shitty team?”

You get it. Fantasy football is fun as hell, it’s culturally relevant, and it’s getting bigger every year. Join a league, or second, or even third, if you're like me and enjoy it. Just don’t blame me when you lose and the world knows.

BLOX will post your last place punishment on Instagram and put a like on it if that'd make you feel better.


With Colin Kaepernick banned from the NFL and with the controversy that follows his refusal to stand during pregame ceremonies, a question arises: is it time for a new national anthem?

It is evident that America's two hundred and something years of traditions are coming to an end; democracy, freedom of speech, middle-class, unity, and the principles engraved on the statue of liberty are just the tip of the iceberg. With the increasing uproar of likes of our modern day gladiators, such as Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch, it is time to reassess the relevance of the anthem and the way it represents the people of this country.

Outdated, offensive and noninclusive are words that repeat.

So, we thought about it and came up with our selection of 'This could be our new Anthem' or 'the most badass playlist of August 2017:'

anthem1. Kendrick Lamar “Humble” - The acclaimed rapper is considered to be the best of this generation, bringing back Tupac style of a poet-like-lyrics with dope beats and samples, masterfully mixed into contemporary classics. In the age of internet and empty celebrity statuses, what's a better message than to be humble?



anthem2. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk” - Bruno is universally adored! His music crosses race, gender, and political difference. If you don't funk to his groove, you are not alive really. We wanted to put 'I'll catch a grenade for you, but that sounds aggressive and unnecessary.




anthem3. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” - The vocalist phenome could easily have a dozen songs on this list, but unfortunately, she's Canadian, and though white, many of Trump supporters will object. We will try and squeeze this mega hit in, just in case.



4. Aerosmith “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” - What's more American that Aerosmith? NOTHING. Rock and Roll, drugs, sex, leather everything, repressed gay preference, makeup, saving the world from a meteor, and lots of Botox. Oh, and mega hits that touch a chord with every American age 4-69. We walk around like we deserve everything, so this song hit home hard.





5. Journey “Don’t Stop Believing” - We had to end the list on some positive note, and arguably one of the top 10 most loved songs ever. This song is the only cure to a divided America with a hopeful message and the unparallel ability to kick off a party whether you're a Burning Man creature or a NASCAR fanatic



Alas, we had to cut a few incredible numbers reluctantly; so our 'didn't make a list' list consists of:
1. Lynard Skynard "Free Bird - because, well, anything Southern needs to chill the fuck out for a while
2. The Village People "YMCA" because white heterosexual men already feel threatened






In conclusion; It's ok to protest; we need to create a new American story, one that is current with our times, and represent us all. Or, we should break the union, go about on our business, and apologize to Kaepernick


Sammy Sosa represented being Afro-Latino and the challenges we face growing up in a world that deems your complexion to be less than beautiful. A world, let's not ignore, where even family members judge you for your complexion, the way you wear your hair, who you date.

SammyWhen Dominicans and the Internet think of Sammy Sosa it’s an automatic comedy show. If it’s not that he looks like Pepto Bismol it’s that he looks like Neapolitan Ice Cream. It’s what the Internet does; it takes a person and automatically makes them a meme. It’s funny. I laugh. It’s a joke…but it also isn’t.

The Internet gets a hard-on for breaking you down but it doesn’t get a hard-on for building you back up. The easy thing to do is laugh at the memes, but that does nothing to advance the conversation. This piece helps shed some light on some of the root causes of colorism and race in communities of color.

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Women's March was just the beginning - we salute our moms, sisters, and partners. Who's your women inspiration?