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HOLYOKE INNOVATION WEEK 2018

Innovation Week

We welcome Insiyah Mohammad Bergeron, Holyoke Innovation District Manager, and Transformative Development Initiative Fellow for MassDevelopment. On this episode, we talk about the Holyoke Innovation Week, putting together a collaborative effort to showcase some of the assets in the city, that covers the arts, crafting, businesses, technology, venues, landmarks, food, education, wellness, media, and community, among others.

From April 22nd to the 29th, The City of Holyoke will have a series of events and workshops, in several locations across Downtown Holyoke.

For more information, schedules, events, workshops, and details of Holyoke Innovation Week, you can visit www.holyokeinnovates.com

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National Poetry Month 2018: Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy

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RACIST, CULTURAL APPROPRIATION BY THE AMHERST AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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On the morning of April 10th, 2018, it was brought to our attention, a couple of videos posted by The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook, promoting an event named “Margarita Madness”. Later that same morning, the videos were taken down, after a strong wave of reactions, comments, and messages, addressing the levels of racism, ignorance, cultural appropriation, disrespect, cultural insensitivity, and entitlement. However, that was more a damage control move, to eliminate any evidence, and pretend nothing happened.

You can watch one of the videos posted by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, featuring Youssef Fadel.

Facebook video captured by Neftalí Durán

There has been no official statement from the AACoC, regarding their ignorance, and the racist, entitled, cultural innappropriate, offensive, and badly produced video. Such silence is deafening.

[UPDATE]

After this editorial was shared on the Facebook Event of Margarita Madness, on April 11th at 10:30 AM, Lindsey Matarazzo, the lady in one of the videos, posted the following statement:

“This is Lindsey from Russell’s Liquors. I understand that I have offended a community with my recent post promoting Margarita Madness. I would like to apologize to all those who took offense to my video, it was by no means meant to offend anyone, and for that I am sorry. Putting my business aside, I write this as a women and an individual who believes all deserve their voice to be heard. I have read and heard all that you have said and I respect the pride and love that you have for your culture. I hope those that I have offended will accept my sincere apology and know that I will use this as a learning experience for all my future endeavors.”

As a reply, we invited Ms. Matarazzo to “keep the communication open for a further dialog that could broaden the understanding of our multicultural environment”, thanking her for coming forward, and owning and acknowledging the impact of the video.

At this point, the AACoC continues silent, feeling that those offensive videos being taken down, and the cringing image on the event displaying an old caucasian lady, holding a margarita, wearing a sombrero, being replaced for a generic margarita glass and the name of the event would be enough. Damage control, yet no intentions of ownership nor acknowlegdment.

 

TEEN TOWN HALL AT HCC [March 31st, 2018] Special coverage by The Holyoke High Herald, in collaboration with Radioplasma.

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This is a special event coverage, produced in collaboration between radioplasma, and The Holyoke High Herald. On March 31st, 2018, there was a Teen Town Hall at Holyoke Community College, that brought several politic figures in a Town Meeting format, to engage in conversation and answering questions from teens in the Pioneer Valley.

Organized by Youth Rise Together, the Teen Town Hall, gathered State Representative Aaron Vega; U.S. Representative, Jim McGovern; a representative from the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, in a session that covered issues like gun violence, racism, safety, climate change, among others.

Holyoke High Herald assigned staff reporter, Charlie Brunette to cover this special event, and also is hosting this episode, with the summary of the whole Teen Town Hall, and comments as a high school student, representing Holyoke.

 

ONE HOLYOKE CDC: The Great Gatsby, The Flats Community Center, and their work on community development.

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One Holyoke CDC is not only doing Community Development on housing management, they also are bringing theater performances, and community engagement in different creative ways.

Michael Moriarty and Israel “Izzy” Rivera are our guests on this episode, and they share the news on the recent plans for a Community Center in The Flats, cleanups, a house relocation, and the upcoming performances of “The Great Gatsby” at Holyoke High School, and Wistariahurst Museum.

For more information about “The Great Gatsby” and get your tickets, you can visit The MIFA Victory Theater website at mifafestival.org

Also, you can visit One Holyoke CDC website to know more about their work with the community in The Flats and across the City of Holyoke.

Jackie Velez – Neighbor 2 Neighbor, Holyoke Chapter

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Esmeralda Santiago in Holyoke

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WGBY’s Presencia, Season 3

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Presencia is WGBY’s bilingual magazine TV show, featuring stories of the Latino communities of western New England.

On this session, host, and producer, Verónica García, shared her experiences doing Presencia, now in its third season. This show also is an opportunity for youth to learn how to produce and create their own audiovisual content, that also can be featured on the show.

There will be a workshop for youth on April 18th to the 20th, free of charge. And during the summer, an intern will have the experience of working on the production of Presencia. For more information, you can contact Verónica at the Presencia website: http://presencia.wgby.org

 

Mtali Shaka Banda – “The Oneness Project: Rites of Passage”

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Mtali Shaka Banda visits the studio to talk about his debut album, The Oneness Project: Rites of Passage. A story of personal experiences, and emotions, told through the sounds of his saxophone, and the talents of several musicians, in a deep and emotive fusion of jazz, hip hop, and R&B.

Also, Damany Gordon, from Genuine Culture LLC, joins the session, supporting Mtali’s musical work.

You can enjoy of a live performance of The Oneness Project: Rites of Passage by Mtali Shaka Banda, at The Parlor Room in Northampton, on April 14th at 7:30 PM. More information and tickets available at the Genuine Culture LLC website.

For more information and listening to Mtali Shaka Banda’s music, you can visit his website at https://mtalibanda.bandcamp.com/

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