Hip Hop’s birthplace has mixed feelings about cultural tours

Outside her building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in Morris Heights, Sonia Vazquez, 68, eyed a group of tourists pouring onto the sidewalk at her front door. She sighed. Directing the HusH Tours’ guide was none other than Bronx native and hip hop legend Grandmaster Caz. He directed the group to the Hip Hop Boulevard street sign facing Vazquez’s front door, where he gave his flock of 20 a moment to marvel, then pulled them in for a picture. “One, two, three, hip hop!” Caz exclaimed. Vazquez, familia

Being LGBTQ in the Bronx: growing despite resistance – Mott Haven Herald

Of the 70 individual signatures Kevin Devone collected to start “Free to Be Me,” the first LGBT-centered club on the Hostos Community College campus in five years, he estimated about half came from people who didn’t know what the term “LGBT” meant. “We’re working to bring awareness,” said Devone, 27, sitting at a club meeting with the three other members of his cabinet. “At times, our only resource in the Bronx is our voice, so we’re sharpening the tool to make it stronger.”

Aloha to the world from the Don Ho Terrace

Christopher K. Ho didn’t start referring to himself as an Asian artist until after the presidential election of 2016. “My first reaction was to participate in long-distance nationalism, to say ‘I’m not really American,’” says Ho, 44, of his response to the surge of white nationalism following the election of Donald Trump. “I’m actually Chinese. I live here, but if you’re going to claim America as yours, then I also have this home country.”