Armed NYPD officers and city marshals raided the 5,000-square-foot loft early Thursday and ordered the one artist present to leave.
The collective has rented the loft for more than four years, during which time it transformed the abandoned space into a thriving hip-hop community center, called RDACBX, where media-making workshops, a monthly “Boogie Mics” open mic night and a new “radical library” drew hundreds of youth from the South Bronx and beyond.
this shit is an attack on our culture, our people and our hood. gentrification/white invasion is real and it’s happening everyday.
RDACBX is close to me cuz i organized a Tumblr meetup conference last year at the space, a safe space for people of color to talk about shit that affects us, like this bullshit. I also attended the Boogie Mic open mic night whenever i was in the area, spittin poetry about bullshit like this.
that last pic shows all the leftover stuff from the space. they had a fukin legit hip hop studio in there producin gems for the hip hop and urban community. they held workshops for the youth, a Hip Hop festival in December, and a summer youth employment program. and now it’s gone cuz the murals and content are “too political.” fuck that.
even without a space, RDACBX held their regularly scheduled Boogie Mics outside the building on friday March 1st. you can knock us down but you cant keep us down.
plz stay posted for info. on how to support RDACBX.
see RDACBX’s press release for more info
check out this video where RDACBX speaks out during an emergency press conference and rally decrying the eviction from their studio.
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