UC Recap – May 8 – May 13

 May 8 – May 13

Our Wellness Contributor and my better half, Eileen Z. Fuentes, had quite a week. Last Saturday she penned a poignant and strident Op-Ed that appeared in the NY Daily News about Trumpcare 2.0 and how it will devastate our community and many others across this great country. Then on Tuesday she was featured in an article in the NY Post written by Heidi Mitchell about the necessity of choosing the right team when undergoing cancer treatment. I lovingly call my wife Doprah (Dominican Oprah) because she has dedicated her life to helping women navigate the rigors of dealing with a cancer diagnosis. She is on the frontlines everyday doing simply life-saving work right here in Washington Heights at the Columbia University Medical Center. Her patients and her family are extremely lucky to have her in their lives.

Abigail Savitch-Lew of City Limits wrote a must-read piece on the potential Inwood Rezoning. The story further delves into the contextual rezoning story that broke right here in the Manhattan Times. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan came to Harlem recently and got absolutely no love. Our Uptown Tweet of the Week captures the animus rightfully shown to Paul Ryan aka Eddie Monster. Entertainer/activist/icon Harry Belafonte now has a New York Public Library named after him. The world-famous Apollo Theater is hosting an Homage To Billie Holiday on May 16. The tribute concert kicks off Harlem Eat Up 2017.

Seriously people, you have until May 19 to catch Lost Not Found by the Up Theater Company. I saw it this past Friday and was absolutely blown away. Please do yourself a favor and get your tickets before it is too late.

Warning. Warning. Warning. The People will Storm the Palace from May 18 to 23. You need to be there. A social justice theatre festival is just what the doctor ordered in these dark days of the Trump Tyranny. Shout out to the indispensable People’s Theatre Project for their crucial, community affirming work.

Body odor, near death experiences and fake news are just some of the topics covered on the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast. Not to mention two special guests, Grizel Chachi Del Valle of I Like It Like That fame and author of the first ever weed friendly adult picture book, Linda Aybar.


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