New York Latin Culture Magazine represents communities of color with world-class Indigenous, European, African and Asian culture. We work for New York City’s leading cultural institutions, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and New York City itself.
This week’s cover image is from a U.S. postage stamp of Puerto Rican Harlem Renaissance man Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. His world-class collection of Black literature and arts became the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Here’s a shoutout to Gaston County Schools of North Carolina. Students across America are using our writing as reference material. Increasingly, Google does too. It’s a dream come true. Thank you!
#BlackLivesMatter ~ #ArtsGoBlack
American Art is More Mexican Than European
This bold statement is made by the Whitney Museum of American Art in the exhibition “Vida Americana Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945” which closes January 31st. The Whitney has changed and has changed art history. Try to go see how the curators brought monumental works into the museum or at least see it online. La Vida Americana is a very big deal. It’s truly monumental.
outsiderartfair.com & select galleries | January 28 to February 7, 2021 FREE 🇷🇴
Thursday, January 28, 2021 🇨🇴
Saturday, January 30, 2021 🇧🇷🇧🇷
Monday, February 1, 2021 🌍 🇺🇸
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 🇪🇸🇧🇴🇨🇴🇵🇪🇵🇷
masterdrawingsnewyork.com & Upper East Side art galleries | Friday, January 22-30, 2021 🇲🇽 🇮🇹 🇫🇷 🇪🇸
thewintershow.org | VIP Preview January 19-21 | FAIR January 22-31, 2021 | 🇲🇽 🇵🇪 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇪🇸
TO GO 🍽🎪 Monday-Sunday, January 25-31, 2021, some restaurants to February 7
Thursday, January 21 to February 27 🇩🇴🗽
December 1 – February 28
Register by Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to vote in the June 22 Primary Election 🗽
Guest Curator: Héctor “Coco” Barez
Follow us into El Laberinto del Coco of Calle 13’s original percussionist Hector “Coco” Barez (NEA, Puerto Rican Cultural Institute and SXSW), and discover the living folk art of bomba.
The distinctly Puerto Rican drum, song and dance tradition from Mayagüez, is all about connecting with family, friends, community and our ancestral forces of nature. This blend of our African and Indigenous roots has become a core expression of contemporary Puerto Rican identity.
El Laberinto del Coco is Coco’s bomba jazz project to take bomba to the world. He is curating our bomba series. Up next is Amarilys Rios, one of the first female Bomba drummers in Puerto Rico and Tego Calderon’s music director. She also leads Émina, a wonderful all-female bomba jazz project.
In this series we are going to introduce you to more African and Indigenous Jíbaro bomba traditions. We’ll also introduce you to the first families of bomba, the Cepeda Family of Villa Palmeras and the Ayala Family of Loíza.
Everybody loves bomba!
Tuesday, February 2, 1977 🇨🇴
Wednesday, February 3, 1977 🇵🇷
Thursday, February 11, 2021 🇫🇷
Friday-Monday, February 12-15, 2021
CHINATOWN | Friday, February 12, 2021 🇺🇸
Saturday, February 13, 2021 🇪🇸
Sunday, February 14, 2021 💌
Monday, February 15, 2021 🇲🇽
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 🇫🇷
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 ✝️
Wednesday, February 17 to April 3, 2021 ✝️
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 🇵🇷
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND richmond.edu 🇵🇷 February 22, 2021, FREE
Monday, February 22, 2021 🇲🇽
Thursday-Friday, February 25-26, 2021 ✡️
Saturday, February 27, 2021 🌝
Sunday, February 27, 2021 🇩🇴
March, April, May 💐
Monday, March 8, 2021 ♀
Thursday, March 11, 2021 🇦🇷
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 🇮🇪
Friday, March 19, 2021 🇧🇷 Originally sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center
“When you’re here, you’re a New Yorker,” and the entire world is here. Living, loving and working together, New Yorkers witness our common humanity every single day. It’s what makes our city work.
New York leads the country in bad times and good, so let’s get together and make Our City work for everyone. Together we help make the American Dream work for everyone too. Isn’t that why you’re here? We are #AllInNYC
It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.”Sonia Sotomayor, Bronx-born, New York Puerto Rican, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Things to do in NYC
Things to do in NYC in January 2021 include Three Kings Day, the APAP showcases for…
Things to do in NYC in February 2021 depend on the progress of the COVID-19 Pandemic.…
Things to do in NYC in March 2021 depend on the progress of the COVID-19 Pandemic.…
Everyone Gathering Together in Peace
Colonizers (human slavers) feared the drum because they understood that rhythm talks. They were afraid we would use the drum to rise up, and do to them what they were doing to us.
To justify their own violence, abuse and thievery, colonizers dehumanized and demonized everything that wasn’t their own. They said we were not human, devil worshipers who practice “black” magic and a bunch of other nonsense. Colonizer priests played along because it enriched them too. Politicians gained power. Hollywood made money. This colonial point of view got into our heads and became part of our American culture.
One of the things the colonizers didn’t realize is that there are no demons, only demonizers. To dehumanize others, you must dehumanize yourself first and that eats you from the inside. Demonizers start imagining monsters everywhere. That’s the trouble in our country now. We’ve become the very demons that we so feared.
The colonizers got the drum wrong too. The drum is a healing instrument. It’s true that it talks, but “jembe,” a West African word for drum, says “everyone is gathering together in peace.”
Regardless of your heritage, it’s time to start the drum again. It’s time for everyone to be gathering together in peace… ..
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