The Space Race

THE SPACE RACE weaves together the stories of Black astronauts seeking to break the bonds of social injustice to reach for the stars, including Guion Bluford, Ed Dwight and Charles Bolden, among many others.
In THE SPACE RACE, directors Diego Hurtado de Mendoza and Lisa Cortés profile the pioneering Black pilots, scientists and engineers who joined NASA to serve their country in space, even as their country failed to achieve equality for them back on Earth. From 1963, when the assassination of JFK thwarted Captain Ed Dwight’s quest to reach the moon, to 2020, when the echoes of the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd reached the International Space Station, the story of African Americans at NASA is a tale of world events colliding with the aspirations of uncommon men. The bright dreams of Afrofuturism become reality in THE SPACE RACE, turning science fiction into science fact and forever redefining what “the right stuff” looks like, giving us new heroes to celebrate and a fresh history to explore.
Showings – select to order tickets:
Fri, Nov 3rd, 5:00 PM @ AMC 34th Street 14 – Theater 9
Drug Dealers Demanding No Photography In Front Of OnPoint
Last week, two NYU students were verbally and physically assaulted by (presumed) drug dealers hanging out in front of OnPoint’s 104 East 126th Street site.
A 20-year-old male crossed the street to the north side of the block, in front of 1775 Houses where the journalism students were setting up and verbally threatened threatened them. The students were told that they were not allowed to point their camera across the street, towards OnPoint.
While the journalism students then continued to set up (and comply with the drug dealer’s threat), multiple bottles, including glass drink bottles, were thrown at the students, hitting them with glass shards and liquid while narrowly missing their heads.
This assault on two young journalists is simply unacceptable and yet is emblematic of how drug dealers have taken root in front of OnPoint and brazenly declared that they set the rules for that block. (Note that nearby OnPoint staff did not intervene while this situation escalated.)
The Harlem Neighborhood Block Association would like to know what the NYPD intends to do to take back East 126th Street from the dealers that currently rule it and police it.