Tag Archives: The Bronx

Stay Strong Cristela Alonzo

Her show was unceremoniously canceled by the ABC Broadcasting Network and Cristela Alonzo was understandably upset. It didn’t help matters that she was forced to deal with trolls hurling insults at her on Twitter.

In a long and emotional blog post, the comedian laid bare how she felt about the lack of support her self-titled sitcom received from the network. Cristela also made it clear that despite harsh criticism, she felt it was important to tell stories based on her family and personal experiences.

I thought it was important to show my family because there had never been one like that on TV before. A lot of the time, Latinos are shown as cholos/cholas that ride around in lowriders. I didn’t grow up that way but I always respected authentic stories that (as you’ll find in movies like Mi Vida Loca) showed that life because that lifestyle is someone’s reality.

Our sincerest hope for the talented Ms. Alonzo is that she get another chance to tell her story and we eagerly await Cristela’s next move.

Stay strong, mija!

Boxers, Politicians, and ‘Thugs’. Oh My!

It was a dramatic scene.

Marilyn Mosby stood at a podium festooned with microphones that also sported a large emblem emblazoned with the scales of justice and the words “Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City”. She was there to announce charges of manslaughter and assault against 6 police officers accused of murdering 25 year old Freddie Gray.

Ms. Mosby was poised, passionate, forceful and articulate. There’s no question she politicized the case but Marilyn Mosby single-handedly ended several nights of chaos by being the much needed leader the city of Baltimore desperately needed.

Pretty sure she never uttered the word “thugs” either.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. could learn a thing or two from Ms. Mosby.

On this episode, the Beep’s continued missteps handling the outcry over casting and imagery used in the upcoming Netflix series The Get Down and his laughable Bronx Walk of Fame induction of D-level actress turned conservative wingnut Stacey Dash get the unique Robles & Rosado treatment.

On the show we also discuss the disappointing Dance of the Century between God-fearing and filthy-rich Manny Pacquiao versus the undefeated grinning-and-sinning, super-rich Floyd Mayweather.

A special shout-out goes out to Chicken Fingers Rosario for helping Mike save 100 bucks on the debacle…I mean “fight”.

Robles & Rosado: We’re Not Thugs Nor Are We As Negative As You Think We Are

Listen to Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado  on the latest episode of Robles & Rosado

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Will ‘The Get Down’ on Netflix Be a Huge Letdown For Latinos?

I never gave the devastation surrounding me as a kid a second thought. It seemed perfectly natural to have abandoned buildings and rubble strewn lots as playgrounds.

The idea that I was living in a blighted and dangerous ghetto that could easily pass for any number of ruined European cities during World War II never once dawned on me.

For me and my friends, it was just home.

The soundtrack to my formative years in the South Bronx included boogaloo, salsa, R&B, rock and roll (in all its myriad forms), pop, and a new form of street music that took elements from all those genres.

This new style was straight up party music, complete with an MC who kept us all entertained with his “raps” over a beat provided by the DJ to make sure the fun never stopped.

All you needed was a streetlamp to plug in the turntables, speakers and a microphone for the MC and the party was ON!

Those early days of hip hop were a blinding mix of fashion, dance, art and attitude that influenced all young Bronxites living in the southern-most neighborhoods of the borough.

Hip hop was always a Black Thing. Hip hop was always a Latino Thing.

Unfortunately Baz Luhrman and the producers of the Netflix original series “The Get Down” set to debut in 2016 never never got that memo.

pagan-portrait_lrOn this episode we’re joined by Edwin Pagán, a New York-based filmmaker, producer, photographer, cinematographer, screenwriter and cultural activist to discuss what the producers of “The Get Down” have gotten wrong and what they’ve gotten right in Mr. Luhrman’s tale of the South Bronx in the 70s and 80s.

We are all immensely proud of the young actors already announced in lead roles but we hope Mr. Luhrman and his producers make more of an effort at authenticity.

Rising out of the ashes and ruin of the South Bronx came a vibrant and powerful form of music that gave voice to stories that would never have been heard if not for the efforts of the talented Black AND Puerto Rican kids who grew up together in the Big Bad Apple of the 1970s.

Tell our story too, Baz Luhrman.

Robles & Rosado: No Filters and Damn Proud of It!

Listen to Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado  on the latest episode of Robles & Rosado

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