*As Chiara de Blasio‘s dad, NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, gets sworn into office by former President Bill Clinton on January 1, the 19-year-old college sophomore can give herself a hearty pat on the back.
*Fast food jobs are fast becoming a hot commodity as the job market narrows their qualifications with standards that include more experience, education, and a high credit score.
But, the fast food industry still doesn’t provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to feed their family.
Monday, protesters took to the streets in front of major fast food chains including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, KFC, and Taco Bell, in an effort to bring attention to the wages that do not meet the demand of the new fast food employee. Workers in Detroit, Flint, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, New York City, are all seeking to have their wages raised and prevent abusive labor practices that the restaurants have taken advantage of for years.
*The revolution that is jumping off across the nation is helping African feel much more confident about their locs, but also creating more curiosity about the hair unique to the African people of color.
In an effort to open up the conversation on black hair and ease the mystery of the unique coils, curls, and waves, specific to , Un’Ruly founder Antonia Opiah sponsored a 2-day “interactive public art exhibit” event in New York City that encouraged strangers to walk up and touch various African American models hair, according to The Grio.
Sounds strange, right? As one commenter called it, the event turned the models into virtual “petting-zoo animals.”
*How do you celebrate your birthday?
If you’re Maya Azucena, you call some old friends and decide to introduce New York City to its newest live music venue, SubCulture.
Nesteled in The Village, SubCulture is the perfect place to play host to Azucena’s first concert since returning home from touring through Europe and Africa and she is definitely preparing to set it off properly. In addition to playing a full concert, replete with the live instrumentation, she’ll be performing material from her forthcoming album Cry Love.
“There’s something about the changing of the seasons that really puts me in a good mood, possibly because I know my birthday is coming, but there’s an excitement that comes over me”, Maya told me when starting to describe what this show means to her. Never one to waste energy, she’s focused on putting on a great show for those who come to join in the celebration and to do so, she’s pooled together a collection of diverse talent to satisfy the palate of those in attendance. Joining her on stage at SubCulture include HBO’s DEF Poetry Jam’s Vanessa Hidary, magical wordsmith Caits Meissner, world‐traveled phenom iLLSpokinn, teen sensation Isaac “Azar” Russell, playwright Kamaria, and libation legend Manchild Black.
Ms. Azucena is doubling her pleasure on this Friday night, playing two shows; the first set will begin promptly at 7:00pm, followed by the late-night 10:30pm show that may carry on to the wee small hours of the night. After all, it is a party! There are a limited number of tickets remaining for $20 and they can be purchased here. Join Maya Azucena and a few of her closest friends as she celebrates her birthday and SubCulture celebrates its debut of fusion of artistry, appreciation and attitude in New York’s West Village.
For a sneak peek of what’s in store for this evening, check the video below. For additional information on Maya Azucena, visit www.MayaAzucena.com and to get to know SubCulture, please visit www.SubCultureNewYork.com.
*New York City is known for a lot of things but fishing is not one of them.
Even still, there’s some holes in the Big Apple that are just as good as any other.
Eliel Santos fishes in the grates throughout New York City for money, jewelry, and anything else of value.
For the last eight years, he’s found his fishing expedition to be quite lucrative, according to the New York Post.
Just last week his haul consisted of ”a green iPod Nano in Times Square, a fake gold necklace, and a pocket full of change along Broadway between 23rd and 47th streets.”
New teen pregnancy ads are plastered throughout New York City subways and other venues all thanks to New York’s Department of Social Services. And of course, women who were teenage parents, reproductive health advocates, and other activists feel that the campaign doesn’t help, but hinders by negatively stigmatizing young parents, according to the New York Times.
Planned Parenthood has taken issue with the campaign, criticizing the lack of pregnancy prevention resources that do not accompany the posters.