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This Rhode Island City Filed For Bankruptcy Then A Young, Latino Mayor Saved The City

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He is the town’s youngest mayor ever, and he saved the city from being erased off the map.

Central Falls, Rhode Island was a town racing toward extinction. The town filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and by 2012, former mayor Charles Moreau had resigned over federal fraud charges. During that time, James Diossa, the child of Colombian immigrants, was the youngest elected city councilman in the town’s history and it was just the start of his place in the town’s history.

As a councilman, Diossa saved the town’s only public library and the post office, which were facing dark futures due to lack of funds, according to ABC News. Without a post office and a zip code, Central Falls would have unceremoniously vanished from the map after mail delivery to the town would have ended. Now, Central Falls is on the mends after the youngest mayor ever elected to run the town was able to make things work. It was the people of Central Falls, with 60 percent of the town’s population being Latino, who encouraged him to run for office.

“I had to think fast on how do we not only turn the page in this bankruptcy chapter, but also keep the people excited, motivated [and] safe about the future of Central Falls,” Diossa told NBC News.

Part of how he was able to get the town moving forward was by getting people excited about living in Central Falls again. According to NBC News, Diossa created tutoring centers for the children of immigrants who don’t speak English fluently, he improved the infrastructure in the town, and even started a monthly Salsa Night during the summer months to attract more people to the town. Diossa told NBC News that he felt drawn back to Central Falls after college because it was the place that gave his parents a home after fleeing Colombia.

“I value the fact that people helped me climbed the ladder and I give back,” Diossa told NBC News. “I encourage Latinos to run for office.”

(H/T: NBC News)


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This Google Doodle Recognized Hip-Hop’s Birthday And Threw Love At Famous Breakdancer Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón

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This Google Doodle Recognized Hip-Hop’s Birthday And Threw Love At Famous Breakdancer Richard ‘Crazy Legs’ Colón

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Google celebrated the 44th anniversary of the birth of hip hop with a doodle that doubled as a history game. On August 11th, 1973, DJ Kool Herc threw a party in the Bronx and helped give birth to hip hop. Back then, music was played on vinyl records, so DJ Kool Herc used two turntables to extend the instrumental breaks of songs. This allowed people to dance longer and eventually led to the creation of break dancing.

Google’s history game works the same way, giving you a pair of turntables and a crate of digital records to complete challenges. The more parts of the game you complete the more you get to learn. And around and around we go!

Not only was the game fun, but it was also informational.

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Teaching you how to use turntables — adjusting speed, changing out records and mixing songs — the game rewards you with little nuggets of history. It’ll help you learn about hip hop titans such as Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Caz, rapper Roxanne Shanté, as well as hip-hop’s first all-women trio, “The Sequence.”

One such titan was Puerto Rican break dance legend Richard Colón, aka “Crazy Legs,” of the Rock Steady Crew.

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According to the game, Colón is widely acknowledged as the pioneer of moves like the “W” and the “Windmill.”

Check out his last dance battle reported on by CNN.

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Crazy Legs has continued to dance since then, but only in the same way that Michael Jordan throws the ball around every now and then. And you know MJ is still nice and so is Crazy Legs.


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