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Awkwafina All Around Us: Queens Rapper’s Doc Debut and TV Takeover

(Via "Bad Rap")

(Via “Bad Rap”)

Queens-born rapper Awkwafina (the alter-ego of Nora Lum) says she’s been doing some serious “hustling” in the last couple of years: recording an album, putting out an NYC guidebook, and making the big move to Greenpoint. She’s not there for the cute boutiques and charming scenery (after all, she made her fame with “NYC Bitche$”, in which she deftly buried an entire section of our humble Brooklyn borough for being overrun not just by transplants, but adult-baby transplants). Rather, she has a “rent control situation” weighing in her favor (“I’d live anywhere if it was cheap,” Lum told us last spring).

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Preview Ilana Glazer’s New One and See 10 More Brooklyn Things at Tribeca Film Fest

Still from Bad Rap.

Still from Bad Rap.

Ilana Glazer of Broad City told a crowd at SXSW that her new Comedy Central miniseries, Time-Traveling Bong, will premiere, appropriately enough, on 4/20. But it looks like we’ll get a sneak peek of it at the Tribeca Film Festival. The fest just announced the lineup for its 2016 installment, running April 13 to 24, and there’ll be screenings of both Broad City and the new show, followed by Q&As with the stars. Some of the festival’s highlights are Manhattan-oriented (a short doc about Warhol superstars Taylor Mead and Ultra Violet; a 40th anniversary screening of Taxi Driver followed by a Q&A with stars Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, and writer Paul Schrader.) But, as you can see below, Brooklyn is really representing.

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Awkwafina Shares Her NYC Subway Horror Stories

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“Shout outs to the drunk white girls,” exclaimed Awkwafina, gesturing toward a giggling gaggle gathered Thursday night at McNally Jackson Books in Soho. At this month’s installment of the Real Characters storytelling/reading series, the rapper turned New York City tour guide read a couple excerpts from her recently published Awkwafina’s NYC and shared some experiences from a hard-bitten life of riding the rails.

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“NYC Bitche$” Rapper Drops City Guide, Throwing “Ratchet” Party to Celebrate

Cover of Awkwafina's new book (Photo courtesy of Awkwafina)

Cover of Awkwafina’s new book (Photo courtesy of Awkwafina)

You probably remember Awkwafina best from “NYC Bitche$” in which the pint-sized Queens-native (no, she’s not from Flushing) raps, “Bitches be in Bushwick, they all live in Bushwick, they all love Bushwick, but I say fuck that shit,” and wreaks havoc on iPad-wielding bros by the Bedford stop. Her video wasn’t exactly a reaction to Catey Shaw’s notoriously tone-deaf North Brooklyn bubble video, “Brooklyn Girls” (“NYC Bitche$” was actually released before Shaw’s much-maligned video bombed) but it certainly stands as the opposition. But Awkwafina is seeking to further solidify her New York City street cred with a new project.

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