Posts tagged with "Bronx"

Mir Fontane “Bodega” MV

Camden rapper, Mir Fontane kicks off the fall with his new “Bodega” music video, which premiered exclusively with Hypebeast. The Sage English directed visuals were dedicated to Bronx teen, Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who tragically lost his life outside of a bodega this past June and sparked a national outcry for legislation to require small businesses to protect children in danger on their property.

Fontane told Hypebeast, “To me, the bodega always represented a hub for the community… but it also embodies the spirit of the hustle and grind. The owner of the bodega is one of the first true businessmen you meet growing up in the hood.” “Bodega” is the second video off of Mir’s latest EP release, Macaroni Tony, after the release of his “New Friends Ft. Kodi Shane” visuals. Be sure to look out for new music from Mir Fontane this winter.

Macaroni Toni EP: Soundcloud | Spotify | Apple Music | Tidal

“Bodega” Music Video: https://youtu.be/cWcorKQefng

Certified Classics Releases New Big Pun Picture Disc

CERTIFIED CLASSICS RELEASES NEW PICTURE DISC TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIG PUN’S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

2-LP PICTURE DISC VINYL FEATURING ICONIC ALBUM ARTWORK AVAILABLE HERE

CERTIFIED CLASSICS ALONG WITH THE THREAD SHOP & BIG PUN’S ESTATE RELEASED NEW MERCHANDISE WHICH IS AVAILABLE HERE

Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, honors the legacy of the late great Bronx emcee Big Pun with the release of a special 20th Anniversary Picture Disc Vinyl edition of Capital Punishment which is available now. Click HERE to purchase.

The 2-LP picture disc vinyl features iconic album artwork (shot by photographer Danny Hastings) from Capital Punishment on each LP side. Capital Punishment, originally released on April 28th, 1998, celebrated its 20th Anniversary earlier this year.
In addition to the picture disc vinyl, Certified Classics, in conjunction with Sony Music’s innovative merchandising company The Thread Shop as well as the Big Pun Estateworked hand-in-hand to create a new Big Pun Capital Punishment merch collection as part of the celebration. Click HERE to purchase.
About Certified Classics
Certified Classics is Legacy Recordings’ division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip-Hop and R&B catalog. With artists like The Fugees, Maxwell, Nas, A Tribe Quest, Xscape, Aaliyah and many more, Certified aims to pay homage to the legendary innovators of Hip-Hop and R&B by preserving, curating and reissuing repertoire from the 1980s through the early 2000s.
Launched in 2016, Certified creates opportunities to discuss, revisit, and renew interest in a genre that shaped an entire culture, making the leap from a grassroots form of expression to a mainstream juggernaut with staying power. Certified provides contemporary music fans access to rare and unreleased albums, singles, remixes, photos and video footage from iconic labels that have come through the Sony label system such as Jive, Ruffhouse, J Records, Arista, LaFace, So So Def, Profile, RCA Records, Epic, and Columbiaߞall in an effort to tell stories that help illustrate the impact R&B and Hip-Hop have made on music and the world.

Fresh Produce for Kids

NYC’s Largest Food Rescue Organization and Top Produce Company Team up with Nutrition Education Nonprofit to Address Childhood Obesity and Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in New York City This Summer

City Harvest and D’Arrigo Bros. of New York bring fresh fruits and vegetables to families in Queens through a new partnership with national nonprofit Brighter Bites

Food rescue nonprofit City Harvest and produce company D’Arrigo Bros. of New York today launched a summer-long program in New York City with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that tackles childhood obesity by providing low-income families with free fresh produce and nutrition education. This effort builds on the three organizations’ similar work during the school year to provide free produce at schools with students living in underserved communities, and will increase access to produce for more than 400 families through programs at three summer camps in Queens.

“We believe that increasing access to healthy, affordable food is the key to helping all New Yorkers become food secure,” said Kate MacKenzie, City Harvest’s Senior Director of Programs. “Studies have shown children need to be offered a new food 10-15 times before they’ll develop a taste for it. For many working families in New York City that are struggling to make ends meet, however, experimenting with new foods like fresh produce isn’t always an option. City Harvest is excited to be partnering with Brighter Bites and D’Arrigo to decrease the risk that comes with trying new foods, and help families build healthy habits over the summer.”

According to City Harvest, more than 1.2 million New Yorkers face hunger every year, including nearly one in five New York City children. In Queens alone, over a quarter million residents are food insecure. Through City Harvest and Brighter Bites’ produce distribution and nutrition education programming, parents have the ability to learn which healthy foods their children have a taste for, and the recipe cards and tip sheets that come with the produce each week help them prepare meals in fun and nutritious ways.

Brighter Bites and City Harvest are kicking off programs at three summer camps in Queens that will provide more than 50,000 pounds of produce, along with kid-friendly bilingual recipes and tip sheets in English and Spanish on topics ranging from “Eating the Rainbow” to how bringing kids into the kitchen to help with meal prep makes them more invested in trying new foods.

Each week participating families will receive two bags containing approximately 50 servings of eight to 12 different fresh produce items along with the nutritional educational materials. D’Arrigo is generously donating a third of the fresh fruits and vegetables each week, with two-thirds coming from City Harvest.

“Every family wants to provide the best for their children to help them grow healthy and strong,” said Gabriela D’Arrigo, Vice President of Marketing for D’Arrigo. “As a family-owned business here in New York, we’re proud to partner with Brighter Bites and City Harvest to help our neighbors across the city have greater access to fresh produce.”

Since launching in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed more than 17 million pounds of produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to 200,000 individuals from more than 40,000 families through schools and summer camps in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Southwest Florida, and Washington, D.C. Brighter Bites uses a simple formula for introducing healthy lifestyles to families: produce distribution, nutrition education, and a fun food experience that includes sampling a recipe of the week to see just how great produce can taste. In New York City, parents and community volunteers will pack bags of fresh fruits and veggies for families and teachers to take home for six weeks this summer.

“We know that far too many parents struggle to access and provide their children with fresh produce, particularly during the summer months when kids are out of school,” said Brighter Bites Executive Director Samuel Newman. “Since Brighter Bites established our New York City program in 2017 with City Harvest and D’Arrigo, we’ve been blown away by the kids’ response to trying different kinds of fresh fruits and veggies–often for the first time–and we’re so pleased to be continuing this important work throughout the summer months with these same partners.”

Brighter Bites measures the outcomes of its program to determine impact. Research shows the Brighter Bites model provides consistent opportunities for children and their families to practice healthier behaviors in school and at home:

  • 98% of Brighter Bites parents report their children eating more fruits and vegetables while participating in the Brighter Bites program.
  • Of those, 74% said they maintained that increased level of consumption after Brighter Bites ended.

About Brighter Bites:

Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that creates communities of health through fresh food with the goal of changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health. Brighter Bites is an evidence-based, multi-component elementary school, preschool, and summer camp program that utilizes reliable access to fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and consistent exposure to recipes and messages that feature fresh food. Since 2012, Brighter Bites has provided more than 17 million pounds of produce and 100,000s of nutrition education materials to more than 40,000 families and teachers in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York City, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, and Southwest Florida. To learn more about Brighter Bites visit BrighterBites.org.

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 61 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more, visit CityHarvest.org.

About D’Arrigo Bros. of New York

Family-owned and operated, D’Arrigo Bros. of New York, Inc. has served the New York Metropolitan area for over 50 years, offering a full line of the highest quality fruit and vegetable items available every day of the week. The company is located in a 75,000-square foot. facility in the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx. D’Arrigo takes pride in offering its customers the highest quality produce that can be found anywhere. To learn more, visit D’ArrigoNY.com

Toyota Presents Doug E. Fresh x Kid Capri

Toyota turned its focus from cars to stars at the 2018 New York International Auto Show as New York’s Legendary Hip-Hop Artists Doug E. Fresh and DJ Kid Capri rocked the mic on the Toyota Live Stage together for a rare performance at the Javits Convention Center.  DJ Kid Capri, the most crowd-hyping entertainer, kicked off the set bringing people to their feet with his high energy approach to spinning music.  Doug E. Fresh, the Original Human Beat Box, joined Kid and took the audience on a musical journey back to the 80’s with his imitations of drum machines and samples of hip-hop classics.  Doug’s sound like the Toyota brand transcends language and culture moving people both young and old.

Doug E. Fresh, a native of Barbados, was raised in New York and feels a special bond to returning home to perform on opening day of the New York International Auto Show mixing Hip-Hop and cars.  Doug says, “Hip-Hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.  And, we love to listen to music in our rides.  So why not turn up the volume live on stage with Toyota.”

Doug E. Fresh, is known for his songs like “The Show/La Di, Da Di,” “All the Way to Heaven” and “Keep Risin’ to the Top.”  His music has transcended through time and attracts consumers from all age groups.  From the 80’s to 2018, Doug E. Fresh is still the best emcee of all time.  DJ Kid Capri, born in Bronx, NY, first hit the hip-hop scene on Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam as the DJ.  Since then, he has toured with Sean Combs, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige just to name a few.

Doug got a close-up look at the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 revealed at the New York International Auto Show that is set to be in showrooms winter of 2018.  RAV4 currently ranks as the number-one-selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup, as well as the best-selling non-pickup-truck in the country.

About Toyota

Toyota has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota’s Hip Hop Auto Show

NEW YORK – On Saturday, March 31, 2018, Toyota will turn its focus from cars to stars at the New York International Auto Show as New York’s Legendary Hip-Hop Artists Doug E. Fresh and DJ Kid Capri will take center stage on the Toyota Live Stage together for a rare performance.  DJ Kid Capri – the most crowd-hyping entertainer – will kick-off the set bringing people to their feet with his high energy approach to spinning music.  Doug E. Fresh, the Original Human Beat Box, will join Kid and take the audience on a musical journey back to the 80’s with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects, and samples of hip-hop classics.  Doug’s sound, like the Toyota brand, transcends language and culture moving people both young and old.

Doug E. Fresh, a native of Barbados, was raised in New York and feels a special bond to returning home to perform on opening day of the New York International Auto Show mixing Hip-Hop and cars.  Doug says, “Hip-Hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change.  And, we love to listen to music in our rides.  So why not turn up the volume live on stage with Toyota.”

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Toyota Exhibit Area, Level 3, Toyota Live Stage

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET – DJ Kid Capri will open to hype-up the crowd

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET – Doug E. Fresh and Kid Capri Live Performance

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET – Doug and Kid Selfie Photo Session with select audience

Where: 2018 New York International Auto Show – Toyota Exhibit, Level 3, Toyota Live Stage

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

655 West 34th Street

New York, New York 10014

Who: Doug E. Fresh, “The Original Human Beat Box,” was born in Barbados, but raised in Harlem, NY.  He isknown for his songs like “The Show/La Di, Da Di,” “All the Way to Heaven” and “Keep Risin’ to the Top.” His music has transcended through time and attracts consumers from all age groups. From the 80’s to 2017, Doug E. Fresh is still the best emcee of all time.  DJ Kid Capri, born in Bronx, NY, first hit the hip-hop scene on Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam as the DJ.  Since then, he has toured with Sean Combs, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige just to name a few.

CARDI B × BACARDÍ

BACARDÍ Presents Dress To Be Free with Performances by Cardi B and Les Twins 

What: Last night, BACARDÍ toasted Halloween with “Dress To Be Free,” a celebration of the beauty of those who wake up every day and dress to be their truest selves. BACARDÍ and friends joined forces for an evening of dance, liberation, creative expression and of course, cocktails, with featured performances by chart topper Cardi B and dancers Les Twins. 


Cardi B
, whose Rolling Stone cover debuted earlier in the day, arrived in true Cardi B fashion – lighting up the red carpet donning a “Bruella” de Vil costume, black and white fur coat and matching hairdo, long red gloves, a black embellished bustier, and a long cigarette holder. Sadly her new rock – nor her new fiancée – made an appearance atop her satin gloves, as it is currently getting resized. Other notable guests walking the carpet included DJs Nina Sky, actor Broderick Hunter, and models Vashtie Kola, Jordun Love, Slick Woods, and more. 

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the spirit and uniqueness of the Caribbean with the BACARDÍ Zombie, a tiki cocktail made with BACARDÍ Superior and BACARDÍ Gold, as well as exciting surprises from House of Yes. 

The evening culminated with an energetic performance from Cardi B, who performed her Billboard number one hit “Bodak Yellow” along with “Lick”, “Motorsports”, “No Limit”, and “Foreva.” She greeted the crowd in full Cruella character – yelling “what up poor people” in her signature way, followed by “despicable, despicable, despicable,” to the crowds’ bemusement. 

Before she left the stage Cardi B encouraged guests to dress however they want and be whoever they want, which is what the #DresstobeFree movement means to her. She reminded the crowd that her name, Cardi B, is a nickname for Bacardi, and that she was honored to perform at the BACARDÍ Dress to be Free event. 

Guests were also treated to an exclusive dance set from Parisian dancers and choreographers Les Twins, who have graced the stages with Beyoncé and Missy Elliott. Les Twins shocked partygoers as they took to the stage unexpectedly – dancing to get the crowd going and spraying them with water before letting Nina Sky, dressed as twin nuns, reclaim the DJ booth.                                                                                          

When: Monday, October 30, 2017

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM  

 

Who: Cardi B
– Chart-topping hip hop artist and television personality

Les Twins (Larry and Laurent Bourgeois) – Internationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers

Chef Roble – Celebrity chef, television and social media personality
Nina Sky – R&B and DJ twin-sister duo

Slick Woods – Fashion model

Broderick Hunter – Actor (Insecure) and model

Jordun Love – Model

 

Where: House of Yes

2 Wycoff Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11237

FRANK PENA

Story by Vaughn Lowery
Photos by Stephanie Van Burk 


Frank Pena was born and raised in New York City. As both a professional dancer and fashion model, he consistently stays involved within the entertainment industry. 

In 2016, he decided to move from the Bronx to Los Angeles. As of late, he appeared as a cast member on E Network’s new reality series, What Happens at The Abbey (the most prestigious alternative lifestyle bar in the world). 

Recently, he was tapped by 360 MAGAZINE as a red carpet correspondent.