An urban dance legend gives a voice to a forgotten cast of real life characters from a past belonging to the South Bronx. A history that no one has ever managed to present from a first person perspective... until now. Willie "M.B." Estrada [The initials stand for 'Marine Boy'] takes the reader on an exclusive journey into a 'lost' era of South Bronx history. It is a period that has been largely ignored and grossly misrepresented by way of other analytical examinations of the South Bronx, during a time when the area was struggling for the right to exist. We have heard, read and seen much about the street gang culture, building structures on fire, abandoned living spaces, drug addicts and other harrowing phenomenons related to the South Bronx of the 1970s. These elements have been the backdrop to the stories of both the urban Latin American identity known as "Salsa," and is the environment that spawned the birth of a culture known as "HipHop." But within those narratives lie another truth. A reality that was somehow phased out and erased from the pages of history.
It is within this retelling of a personal experience of one individual that the reader will be granted access to those missing pages. As such, the public will now be able to comprehend, in a much more complete fashion, how the present day reality of the urban Puerto Rican or Latino culture, manifested itself in the 1970s and 1980s in New York City. A manifestation in which the present day urban Latino cultural landscape is designed from. You will be introduced to a whole new angle of the South Bronx story in the latter half of the 20th century.. Provided by a contributing witness. Who pulls no punches, makes no apologies and tells it the way it was and is.
- Richie Blondet PhD