The Lowdown on ‘The Get Down’

A review by Daniel Rivera

Netflix seems to be front and center when it comes to major announcements in the entertainment industry, and we are only in the middle of the first week of 2016. Earlier this week the content streaming giant released its plans for an updated series on the iconic 1980s cartoon Voltron (Lion Force Voltron, a.k.a. Voltron of the Far Universe). Any child of that decade, especially those who grew up in urban areas, were thrilled to learn of this news.

Keeping with the theme of urban living in past decades, Netflix followed up this news with the release of a much-anticipated trailer. No, it is not that of the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil (which Netflix released on Thursday). But it was that of another urban drama set far north of Matt Murdock’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Bingers got a small fix in the form of the long-awaited trailer for The Get Down produced by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge). From the looks of the two-minute and 58-second clip, it appears that Luhrmann’s passion project may be true to the era of the 1970s South Bronx. However, this series is not his first foray into using a particular era of New York City history as a backdrop. Who could forget his take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby back in 2013. Not only did it have more than its share of historical inaccuracies, it had upscale marketing and wound up being Luhrmann’s highest grossing film to date.

The Get Down is far from a posh story.

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The Great Voodoo War of 1976

People often ask writer Michele Carlo if growing up in The Bronx in the 1970s was scary. Sometimes it was, but probably in a way you wouldn’t expect. Author of Fish Out of Agua and frequent storyteller with The Moth, Michele Carlo brings us another funny, true-life story. You’ve heard Michele on Latino USA before. We featured her story, The Return of the Queen, for a Christmas episode. And as we get ready for Halloween and El Día de los Muertos, Michele brings us this story of being stuck in the middle of what she calls the “Latino Hatfields and McCoys.”

Featured image by John Fekner, donated to Wikimedia Commons


Maria Hinojosa talks to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who has written a memoir called “My Beloved World.” The book tells the story of Sotomayor’s childhood in the South Bronx and her years before the court.

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor has lived the American dream. Born to a Puerto Rican family, she grew up in a public housing project in the South Bronx. Her judicial service began in October 1992 with her appointment to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush. President Clinton appointed Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998. She was the first Latina to serve on that court, and participated in over 3000 panel decisions, authoring roughly 400 published opinions.

Over a distinguished career that spans three decades, Judge Sotomayor has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, eventually becoming the first Hispanic, and only the third woman, to ever be appointed to the United States Supreme Court.