Tonight: Tribute to Piri Thomas

piriManhattan Neighborhood Network will present a special tribute to poet, author, and activist Piri Thomas, celebrating his life and times in a performance that will be aired on the network today, December 16, 2012, from 9:00-11:00pm via MNN 4/The Culture Channel. The show will be streamed on MNN.org as well.

Piri Thomas was born in a Puerto Rican-Cuban household on September 30, 1928, in New York; he died on October 17, 2011, in California. He was made famous by his 1967 bestselling book, Down These Mean Streets. He later wrote two other novels, Savior Savior Hold My Hand and Seven Long Times, several plays (“The Golden Streets” and “Ole Ole Oy Vey”), a book of short stories (Stories from El Barrio), and numerous poems. He recorded two CDs of poetry and music (Sounds of the Streets and No Mo’ Barrio Blues). He has been immortalized in three award-winning films: Petey and Johnny, The World of Piri Thomas, and Every Child is Born a Poet).

Manhattan Neighborhood Network is a non-profit organization that broadcasts programming in New York City and provides a community media center that enables individuals and groups to produce shows for its network.

For more information, see http://new.mnn.openflows.com/

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