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Garífuna band drums to keep culture vibrant

The Bodoma Garifuna Culture Band rehearses.

Over the past 15 years, the band has played in every state of the U.S. as well as Canada. In 2012, they made it to the finals of the Battle of the Boroughs, a yearly competition to find the best undiscovered musicians in the city, and came in second.

Culture / Food

Coquitos contest conjures up a taste of Puerto Rico

The Bronx coquito qualifier at Bronx Music Heritage Center, taken by Debbie Quiñones  .

The creamy, rum and coconut-based drink is not only a signal that the holiday season is upon us, it is a ritual that each family has a secret recipe for.

Culture / Education

Internationally acclaimed photographer brings El Barrio to the Bronx

Photographer-Joseph-Rodriguez.

Internationally acclaimed photographer Joseph Rodriguez’s latest photography show, “El Barrio in the ‘80s,” will be on display at the Bronx Documentary Center until Dec. 23.

Culture / Economy

Capital funding revs up for Hip Hop Museum

Capital funding revs up for Hip Hop Museum

A museum dedicated to hip-hop and its international influence on music has been approved by the city as part of a massive development near Yankee Stadium. But how much will the new development cost?

Culture

Bronx artist marries the love of her life—Puerto Rico

The blushing bride, Mariposa Fernández, will take a working honeymoon to Puerto Rico this winter to deliver aid. Photo by Sarah Matusek.

Poet, activist and educator Maria Teresa “Mariposa” Fernández got hitched to her homeland Puerto Rico on Wednesday night before a packed house at The Point Community Development Corporation.

Art / Culture

Hip Hop’s birthplace has mixed feelings about cultural tours

Tourists pose in front of the Graffiti Hall of Fame at the corner of 106th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem, a stop on the "Birthplace of Hip Hop" tour. 

The HusH Tours tour company, distinct from other tours of the outer boroughs, offers patrons an insider’s perspective through its employ of local hip hop pioneers. While the company’s pride for these areas is real, community members question the company’s commitment to the neighborhoods they tour.

Art / Culture

Local clothing brand looks to make its mark

Founder Amaurys Grullon vlogs Bronx Native's team meeting.

Bronx Native, a clothing line created by a brother and sister team from Longwood, uses design to promote the borough and its people.

Culture / Food

Swale returns to waterfront park

Swale

Swale, a floating food forest created by a Brooklyn artist, debuted at Concrete Plant Park a year ago and returned in early July, transported by tugboat from Brooklyn at the end of June.

Art / Culture

Pilot program announced to launch local arts initiatives

Six South Bronx groups will receive grants to help them extend cultural programming in their communities, as part of a new pilot program.