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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Wednesday, April 6

Weather: It looks and feels beautiful out this morning -- bright and cool, but not cold -- but apparently there's a 20 percent chance of rain later on.

To the news!

Story of the Day: 'Wild Style' Filmmaker Back in the Bronx
Filmmaker Charlie Ahearn, who put a spotlight on the Bronx hip-hop and graffiti scene with his seminal documentary, "Wild Style," is returning to the Boogie Down with his new short film, "Bongo Barbershop." The new film, which is showing this week during the New York African Film Festival, is set in University Heights, near the cross section of Jerome Avenue and 183rd Street, close to the unofficial birth-place of hip-hop -- Kool Herc's basement in a Sedgwick Avenue building. It focuses on the story of a young MC from Tanzania in search of the "real hip hop" who meets a Bronx legend -- Grandmaster Caz, who starred in "Wild Style" -- in a barbershop. In the video below from the Daily News, Ahearn talks about his new film.

Quick Hits:
After rejecting a plea deal, Bronx health clinic founder and ex-State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son pleaded not guilty to embezzlement and fraud charges in Brooklyn yesterday. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 12.

Students at St. Ignatius, a privately-funded Jesuit middle school in Hunts Point, are thriving.

Two entrepreneurs, a Yonkers rapper and his Trinidadian mixologist colleague, are trying to cash in on the fruit smoothie craze. They recently opened up a new juice bar, Juices for Life, on Castle Hill Avenue in Castle Hill.

Bronx-bred college hoops star Kemba Walker played for the Bronx-based New York Gauchos team growing up.

The NYPD is conducting "dirty bomb" training exercises that may tie you up in traffic on your way to and from the Bronx over the next few days.

Bronx-born actress Kerry Washington talks about how the arts kept her out of trouble early in life.

Formerly-homeless tenants at Bronx buildings are facing eviction and life back on the streets with the city's Advantage program set to expire on May 1 due to state budget cuts.

A Bronx man faces three years in jail for downloading a bootleg copy of the movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." No word yet on what he regrets more: breaking the law or watching "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

23-year-old Bronx rapper D Bless wants to be the Bronx's next hip hop hero.


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