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New York Stories of Amazing People Fall 2012




Kiss it Goodbye: Lady Pink Paints New York City – By Jane Teeling

Ecuadorian transplant, Queens resident, professional artist and former graffiti artist Lady Pink cut her teeth painting New York City subway trains in the 1970s. At that time, she was one of the only ladies in the graffiti scene. Today her work can be found in galleries around world. But her real passion is community-based art: Pink leads aspiring young artists in mural projects all over the city.

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Super By Day, Wrestler By Night – By Colin Weatherby

A devastating injury earlier this year nearly put James Bonavia out of the professional wrestling business for good. Now he’s back, and the 6’9” building superintendent known by his fans as Malta the Damager is ready for a rematch.

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Le Femme Suite Keeps It Sexy In West Harlem – By Julie Strickland

Former social worker Carmen Victorino, 34, is the proud owner of Le Femme Suite, a pole dancing studio in West Harlem. Her business empowers women by helping them get in shame, feel sexy and build relationships with other women in a community where female bonding isn’t always easy.

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A Different Tune: Paul Schwartz and the New Wave of Guitar Making – By David Sanchirico

Paul Schwartz, owner of Peekamoose Guitars, has handcrafted custom-made guitars for almost 30 years. It’s something he takes a lot of pride in. But as technology makes handcrafting guitars more of a rarity, Paul embraces the new machinery to make his life easier.

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Fighting Stereotypes: The Rapping Trip of Rashard Bradshaw – By Patricia Rey Mallén

Rashard Bradshaw, a.k.a. Cakes DaKilla, is a gay rapper trying to make it in the hyper-masculine world of hip hop music. From realizing he was gay in kindergarten to publishing his first record, Bradshaw’s journey is one of a kind.

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Video Game Champ Talks Triumphs and Sacrifices – By Althea Chang

Tecmo Super Bowl, a more than 20-year-old video game, brings players together from all across the country. Erik Merliss, the New York champ talks about how the game became a part of his life.

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Malta the Damager’s Revenge – By Kevin Loria

Pro wrestler Malta the Damager says he’s a fighter who wrestles for his family’s honor. But this fight against Big Daddy V is about revenge. Big Daddy busted him up last April, and disrespected his wife and kids. Malta wants him to pay.

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Guitar Maker vs. The Robots Remix – By Elbert Chu

Paul Schwartz knows how to make guitars. But recently, he’s hired some helpers: a CNC machine and a guitar tuning machine called the Plek.

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LeFemme Suite: Bringing Sexy Back to Harlem – By Kamana Shrestha

Carmen Victorino knew that whatever business she started, it had to empower women. After all, she had worked as a social worker doing exactly that for well over eight years before getting laid off in 2008. She opened LeFemme Suite in 2009, and today the basement studio has become a sanctuary for women in the neighborhood looking to get away and have some well deserved “me” time.

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Cakes Da Killa: Gay Rapper Talks Music – By Anna Halkidis

Rashard Bradshaw, who goes by the name Cakes Da Killa, talks about making music, performing and what it’s like being an openly gay rapper.

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Assignments

Final Cut of 1-3 minutes  due in class Wednesday, October, 26, 2011

Requirements for Written Journalism and  Delivery of each project:

Each final project will be posted on Vimeo on or before the deadline. Remember it takes time to upload and for Vimeo to process you video, depending on the time of day, the traffic at Vimeo and the speed of your connection. This process might take  several hours. If I log on at the deadline and I can’t watch your video, for whatever reason, I’ll consider it a missed deadline and you’ll be automatically dropped a grade to start.

Each piece must be accompanied by the following five written journalistic elements, al f which must be posted to vimeo:

- a 240 character description of the story. (For use in TubeMogel)
- a longer 250 word description of the story
- a compelling headline and subhead that  are SEO optimized plus at least 5 tags
- a word for word accurate transcript of the final piece
- at least three suitable links to the subject, story or theme from other sources
- a short behind-the-scenes story about how you found the character, something interesting that happened that’s not in the final piece, why you created this story, etc (great for blogging)