Movie Distributors Leave the Bronx Out in the Cold

My friend and I decided to look through the movie listings in the Bronx, where my she lives and I was visiting, to find out where those films were playing. Lo and behold, neither Lincoln or Argo, nor a single one of the serious Oscar-nominated films were playing anywhere in the vicinity. The vast majority of the films in local movie houses were explicitly violent.

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argo_bannedBy Wanda Mercado, Colin Powell Center Administrative Director

When asked, “what are you doing this weekend?” my response was merely, “a friend and I are planning to catch a movie”—either Lincoln or Argo, both Oscar-nominated films. Once the Oscar list is published, this is something that we, like so many other people, routinely do each year: We make an effort to see each of the major movies in advance of the awards. The top movies this year are complex; they evoke lots of human emotions and address complicated issued. One leaves thinking: “Let’s follow up with coffee and a long conversation to dissect the essence of the film.” Continue reading “Movie Distributors Leave the Bronx Out in the Cold”

Understanding NYC Investment Policy Formation and Its Impacts

My experience as a summer associate within the NYC Comptroller’s Office was nothing short of a wonderful learning experience. I was tasked with editing and revamping the current policy and presenting the director of corporate governance with an updated and adapted manual that could be used to replace the outdated version. At a time when much debate has focused on the right balance of government and private enterprise, public policy and its long-term implications have become an ever more valuable asset that must be strengthened and justly implemented. My experience at the NYC comptroller’s office fortified my understanding of such issues.

New York City Comptroller John Liu. Photo by Cityyear, courtesy Creative Commons.
New York City Comptroller John Liu. Photo by Cityyear/Flickr; courtesy Creative Commons.

By Sergio Galeano, Leadership Fellow

My experience as a summer associate within the NYC Comptroller’s Office was nothing short of a wonderful learning experience. The internship offered me a great opportunity to have a firsthand glimpse of policy formation and of the important connection between the public and private sectors.

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