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Latino/Irish closeup in new movie ‘Babygirl’

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Filmed in the Bronx, part of Tribeca fest

 	Lena (Yainis Ynoa) is the central character in “Babygirl,” filmed in the Fordham Road area.

Lena (Yainis Ynoa) is the central character in “Babygirl,” filmed in the Fordham Road area.

So what’s a 39-year-old Irishman doing shooting a film in the Bronx with an entirely Latino cast?

“I’ve been living in the Bronx for seven years,” says Macdara Vallely, a native of Northern Ireland. His second feature film, “Babygirl,” is screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, opening Thursday.

“I am married to a Puerto Rican girl, and I speak Spanish, so I engage more with the Latin culture than other people who don’t speak Spanish,” says Vallely.

That’s evident from his film, about the conflict between a mother and her teen daughter, who are hit on by the same man.

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‘Notorious PhD’, aka Fordham professor Mark Naison, raps against gentrification in Bronx

Fordham history Prof. Mark Naison, aka Notorious PhD, shows his flow on Fordham Road with students Shpresim Haxhaj (l.) and David Lightfoot.

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Fordham history Prof. Mark Naison, aka Notorious PhD, shows his flow on Fordham Road with students Shpresim Haxhaj (l.) and David Lightfoot.

A Funky fresh Fordham University professor is rapping about rent to warn the Bronx about gentrification. But housing and census experts believe the borough has nothing to fear.

Mark Naison, who rhymes under the stage name Notorious PhD, will perform “Not in the Bronx” Thursday at the Urban Plunge, an annual community service event just for Fordham freshmen.

The history scholar has watched yuppies and hipsters transform parts of Brooklyn and Harlem, crowding out longtime residents, and wants Fordham students to help protect the Bronx.

“The Bronx is the last refuge for working-class, immigrant New York,” said Naison, a resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn, since 1976. “I don’t want to walk through the Bronx and see Park Slope.”

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I was beaten, taunted for being white

 

  A Bronx man was viciously assaulted and robbed on a subway train Sunday by four men who he says taunted him for being white.

Police confirmed they are investigating the assault and robbery of Jason Fordell, 29, but have not labeled it a hate crime.

They are seeking the four assailants, who fled the scene. A fifth passenger who police say spontaneously joined in the attack has been arrested.

“Everyone on the train was egging them on,” said Fordell, 29, of the early-morning attack on the 4 train.

 Jason Fordell was treated at Montefiore Medical Center and released Sunday afternoon.He said he was returning home at 5 a.m. from an East Village nightclub where he sells his hand-designed leather accessories when his Gothic getup drew unwelcome attention.

After Fordell transferred to a crowded 4 train at 42nd St., four young, black men began harassing him, cops said.

“People started saying stupid little comments - cracker this, white boy this, f—-t this,” Fordell said. “I told them the only reason they were saying this is there was four of them and one of me.”

“I’m a small, little white kid with long hair,” he added. “They got guys three times my size threatening me.”

As the train continued into the Bronx, the confrontation became physical, he said.

“I was in a headlock, punched and kicked on the floor,” Fordell said.

Then a passenger decided to join in - declaring, “Oh, I get a few shots, too,” before kicking and punching Fordell in the head, according to cops.

When Fordell finally left the train at his Fordham Road stop, his original attackers snatched his bag and ran. Inside was $2,900 worth of merchandise, cops said.

Fordell chased the men to the token booth downstairs, where two of them pummeled him while the others escaped with the bag.

By the time cops responded, all four men had fled. But Fordell pointed out the straphanger who had joined in the beating, cops said. Read more..

 

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Traffic forecast for Dec. 27, 2010

Alternate-side-parking rules are suspended today. All city parking rules are in effect tomorrow.

The morning rush will be less crowded than usual with many opting for the whole week off. Public schools are also in recess. Monday and Tuesday’s action is at shopping areas throughout the city, including Fordham Road in the Bronx, Fifth Ave. in Manhattan, Atlantic and Flatbush Aves. in Brooklyn, Richmond Ave. on Staten Island and Queens Blvd.

On a somber note, my sincerest condolences go out to the friends, family and colleagues of sanitation worker Angel Roldan, who lost his life in a tragic accident last week. Please avoid the Bruckner/Parkchester areas of the Bronx between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday as loved ones gather to say their final farewells at Thomas C. Montera Funeral Home on Westchester Ave. between Leland and Thieriot Aves.

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Monroe to host Bronx Week event

Monroe College Online will host a special Bronx Week event to demonstrate how adult students can earn a college degree while maintaining family and employment responsibilities on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The event, which will take place in the Monroe College Annex at 2426 Jerome Avenue (one block south of Fordham Road on the east side of the street), will feature a demonstration of the course management system that provides 24/7 access to classes, faculty, and other students.

“This Online learning event fits right into what Bronx Week is about, supporting development and self-improvement through access to education,” said Executive Director of Online Programs Craig Patrick.

“At our event we’ll dispel the myths about taking an online class,” he said.“Some think you need to be a technology expert, or that classes are impersonal, or that there’s no interaction with professors,” he said.“This couldn’t be farther from the truth!” Read more..

 

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