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This edition: Episodio #48: Chico Mann, Latinas en los Medios, Sandra Garcîa Betancourt, Crisis Económica

Episode Details

Original tape date: May 7, 2009.

(In Spanish with English subtitles) 

En este episodio iniciamos con Chico Mann, proyecto que nació del corazón e inspiración de Marcos García, como un proyecto paralelo a su trabajo con la banda Antibalas. Su música existe y prospera en un mundo donde Jersey City esta a un paso de la Habana, y donde teclados Casio y cajas de ritmos se mezclan con ritmos Afro-cubanos, el freestyle niuyorkino y la sensibilidad del Afro Beat.

Luego vamos a Hunter College en el Upper East Side de Manhattan donde un grupo de jóvenes Latinas se reúnen para escuchar y dialogar con profesionales de los medios de comunicación. Esperanza Urbaez, organizadora del evento “Latinas en los Medios”, destaca la importancia de crear vínculos entre generaciones de mujeres Latinas.

Después nos trasladamos a Cornerstone Center, un antiguo edificio en la avenida Bennet en la parte alta de Manhattan, donde Patricio Lerzundi entrevista a Sandra Betancourt García, directora ejecutiva de The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA por sus siglas en ingles). Una organización artística fundada en el 2007 para apoyar artistas de todas las procedencias culturales y étnicas en el Norte de Manhattan.

Y finalmente nos vamos con Marlene Peralta, quien nos lleva al alto Manhattan, para recorrer las calles de Washington Heights y conocer cómo están viviendo la crisis económica los vecinos del mítico barrio dominicano.

We begin this episode with Chico Mann, a project which was the inspiration of Marcos García parallel to his work with the band Antibalas. His music exists and thrives in a world where Jersey City is a step away from Havana, and Casio keyboards and Beat Boxes mix with Afro-cuban rythims, and the New York Free Style mix with the sensibility of Afro Beat.

Then we go to Hunter College in Manhattan's Upper East Side, where a group of young Latinas get together to listen and talk to professionals from the mass media. Esperanza Urbaez, organizer of Latinas in the Media points out the importance of creating bonds between generations of Latino women.

Then we go to Cornester Center, an old building on Bennett Ave., in Upper Manhattan, where Patricio Lerzundi interviews Sandra García Betancourt, Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance or NOMAA, an artistic organization founded in 2007 to support artists from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds in Northern Manhattan.

And, finally, Marlene Peralta takes us to Washington Heights, in Upper Manhattan, to learn how the neighbors of the mythical Dominican neighborhood are handling the crisis.

Guest List

Sandra García Betancourt Directora Ejecutiva, NoMAA

Carmen Boullosa Distinguished Lecturer, City College/CUNY

Marcos García Músico

Prof. Patricio Lerzundi Chair of the Journalism, Communication, and Theatre Department (JCT) at Lehman College

Marlene Peralta Presentadora, Desde la Calle/Independent Sources

Esperanza Urbaez Organizadora, Latinas en los Medios

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