Turning one year old is a big deal. Especially for organizations. Whether they are nonprofits or businesses, fulfilling one year of service is a feat. On December 6th, 2015, Bronx Narratives did just that.
To commemorate the anniversary, Bronx Narratives hosted a 3-hour event which highlighted local singers, actors, and business owners. The beautiful space at the Bronx Museum was filled with over one-hundred Bronx creatives, all gathered together for the love of the Bronx and the idea that telling Bronxites stories is important.
The event began with an introduction to those unfamiliar with the premise of Bronx Narratives. Dondre, the Founder, opened the event with a heartening forward of why Bronx Narratives was important for him not only to initiate, but sustain. He mentioned how like many young creatives, he spent most of his social time in popular neighborhoods such as Brooklyn. He wondered why he had to go so far out of his borough to have fun. During one of his nights out, he met up with fellow Bronx Narratives team member, Decota Letman who expressed similar sentiments during a long cab ride home to the Bronx from Williamsburg. Over time, they brainstormed on how to breathe life back into a seeming dead social atmosphere in the Bronx and generated a team of other Bronx creatives who were similarly committed to growing the love for the Bronx. Thus Bronx Narratives was born.
Throughout the night, there were several performances. We were serenaded by Sal, the owner of the authentic Italian eatery Pugsley’s pizza. Sal, who has been in business in the Bronx for over 20 years, is also a professional saxophone player. We also heard from Chike, a native Bronxite and vocalist who sang a classic R&B song and a original piece. Kayla, who is Bronx Narratives team member, performed one of her original pieces, Bronx Living - which was an ode to the borough.
The event also featured several videos which included a new episode of Neighborhood Tales featuring Co-op City resident, Mike Rich, it shot by team member, Kevin De Los Santos. Following this, our new short-film, "A Weekend Uptown" was debuted. The film featured Bronx native, Justin White and was directed by Dondre Green and filmed by Kevin De Los Santos.
The evening ended with a question and answer portion. Attendees were given the opportunity to ask the Bronx Narratives team about our longevity and expansion. We also talked important current issues such as education and gentrification which led to a fruitful discussion. The floor was then opened for attendees to provide information for upcoming events and initiatives they had going on in the Bronx.
All in all, it was a fulfilling night, equipped with food and wine.
We at Bronx Narratives know that this is just the beginning. We appreciate those who joined us and look forward to our continuous success.
Thus, here’s to many more years to come.