at the nuyorican poets cafe. #renovatio

at the nuyorican poets cafe. #renovatio



Full Concert | Outkast - Live at Coachella 2014

Full performance from Outkast at the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.


B.O.B. - 1:22
Gasoline Dreams - 6:12
ATLiens - 8:40
Skew It On The Bar-B - 11:43
Rosa Parks - 13:33
Da Art of Storytellin’, Pt. 1 - 18:08
Aquemini - 21:26
Spottieottiedopaliscious - 26:17
Bowtie - (Big Boi) - 29:15
Shutterbugg - (Big Boi) - 32:34
Ghetto Musick - (Big Boi) - 34:41
Tightrope - (Janelle Monae & Big Boi) - 36:48
I’m On It (Kryptonite) - (Big Boi) - 41:21
Vibrate - (Andre 3000) - 43:37
She Lives In My Lap - (Andre 3000) - 45:42
Prototype - (Andre 3000) - 49:11
Behold A Lady - (Andre 3000) - 54:23
Roses - 58:45
Same Damn Time - (Future) (snippet) 1:04:22
Ain’t No Way Around It [Remix] (Future, Big Boi & Young Jeezy) 1:05:06
Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) - (Future & Andre 3000) - 1:08:32
Hootie Hoo - 1:11:00
Elevators (Me & You) - 1:13:06
Ms. Jackson - 1:17:27
So Fresh, So Clean - 1:19:41
The Way You Move - (Big Boi) - 1:23:19
Hey Ya - (Andre 3000) - 1:26:42


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she is SIXTEEN

she also got shot in the HEAD and LIVED

don’t forget her or the many young people like her that did not live


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30/30: 1/30 (Love Thy Neighbor)

today like many mornings
the streets are only occupied 
by sunlight & the sounds of jackhammers

i prefer to be quiet the first few 
hours of the morning
to preserve myself because

i know once i open my mouth
the city will try to cram itself in my teeth
build a train station stop across my tongue

they will erect a cafe for passerby’s to stop
& get a snack, meet up with friends, eat donuts 
it’ll have flashing sign saying “OPEN FOR BUSINESS”

everyone will be invited but me
i will close my mouth & the new residents
will complain about how they pay rent now

& they don’t appreciate the drumming of 
my heart so early in the morning
they don’t think its a good idea for me to 

listen to rock & roll or hip hop because it
might scare the patrons. the board committee
organizes town hall meetings by my molars 

they’ve agreed to place automated pillars to control 
when i can & cannot open my mouth
i overheard a conversation about plans to build

buildings on top of my skull, one said 
“someone’s there now but we’ll offer them a hair cut 
& they’ll fold easily, they always do, we have more money 

than they do, its all a matter of time before everything around here
will be ours for redevelop” 
i tried to yell in protest
but i didn’t have a permit 

they cut my uvula off said it didn’t represent the “neighborhood”
anymore, took my tonsils out for more room & my lower jaw has
been cemented & had a park built on it, so after they visit the cafe

they can spend the day there, enjoying the scenery as if 
they are the first people to ever live there, to grow there, to die there
so when they say “man, what a beautiful place, im glad we found it”

then in frustration, in a burst of retaliation, i take back what’s mine
i yell NO, close my mouth, destroy everything, angrily swallow, 
claim what is mine & eat them all alive.

on April 4th, join me & a few special guests for an evening in celebration of my third collection of poetry, RENOVATIO, published by Grand Concourse Press, which will be on sale that evening…

Book signing to follow!

DJ Nasty Vaz (TCK) will be spinning for the evening! (all the funky delights) 

Special guests:

-Anthony Morales-
-Glendaliz Camacho-
-Gabriel Ramirez-
-Reynold Martin-

& more TBA!

Friday, April 4th, 2014 • 6:00-9:00 PM
the Nuyorican Poets’ Café
236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C
Reverend Pedro Pietri Way,
New York City

By subway, take the F train to the “2nd Avenue” stop.
Take the “1st Avenue & Houston Street” exit and walk north on 1st Avenue away from Houston Street. Make a right on East 3rd Street and walk 2 and a half blocks until you reach #236.


“It’s difficult to explain what Rojas has done in RENOVATIO. Like pulling a rabbit from a hat, it seems impossible to yank words from the stronghold of self like he has. But unlike pulling a rabbit from a hat, this is not an illusion. This is not a trick. Rojas should not feel the need to wait for any applause before he is allowed to be proud of what he’s accomplished here.” 
- Jason Reynolds
author of “When I Was The Greatest”

“RENOVATIO may be Rojas’ third collection, but it does not read like anything we have seen before from him. Poems like “A Long December” exemplify Rojas’ ability to experiment with a familiar form and create a new sound as we hear echoes of Radiohead playing in the background. 
We want to taste “The Last Extravagant Meal” & eavesdrop on more one-sided conversations. RENOVATIO breaks poetic laws & inspires to do the same.”
- Luivette Resto
author of “Unfinished Portrait” & “Ascension”

“RENOVATIO places Rojas firmly in the role of skilled veteran. With tradition set square on his shoulders, ready to build more foundation, Rojas picks up what our forebears have brought us & leads with a great new collection for the canon. 
- Mike Ladd
librettist of “Holding it Down: A Veterans’ Dream Project”


bonafide rojas is a poet, musician & the author is of two previous collections of poetry: when the city sleeps (grand concourse press, 2012) & pelo bueno (dark souls press, 2004). he has appeared in def poetry jam, spitting ink, & has been published in the anthologies & journals: bum rush the page, rolecall, learn then burn, me no habla con acento, the hostos review, the acentos review, the calabash journal, the centro journal, palabras,& letras. he has performed nationally at lincoln center, museum of the american indian, el museo del barrio, the puerto rican traveling theatre, voz alta, the bowery poetry club, m.a.c.l.a, the old world stage, the red poppy arthouse & the guild complex. he currently lives in The Bronx, NY, 10453.

have you purchased your copy yet? #RENOVATIO #GRANDCONCOURSEPRESS

have you purchased your copy yet? #RENOVATIO #GRANDCONCOURSEPRESS


It is an unusual school in an unusual location and is run by an unusual teacher.

Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital.

The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of  many children playing at the site instead of attending school.

When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared.

Consequently, his open-air class room was born - between pillars and beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro.

Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sounds.

There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble.

Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard.

Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them.

One unnamed individual sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice for the pupils every day - another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.

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for my boy artisvast (vincent joan ramirez)

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