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Nonprofit arts and media organization BRIC has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn arts scene since 1979, so it is a delight to announce that their newest venture BRIC TV, launched just last year, has received nine New York Emmy nominations. Add four more nominations for shows produced through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech initiative, and that makes BRIC the 12th most nominated organization, tying with WABC and WCBS.

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Over the past few years, the issue of climate change has become impossible to ignore. The effects of climate change are not lost on those who call New York City home. Families who live in low-income housing are exposed to toxic and hazardous conditions, and their children are associated with a wide range of health conditions, including respiratory infections and asthma.

With repairs to various points of the city’s infrastructure still taking place and the financial costs of these repairs and insurance steadily rising for residents, there are some serious questions to be answered. How can members of the community cope with these effects while also dealing with a steep increase in their billing for necessary utilities and food? Climate change has transformed from a water cooler topic into a serious matter for everyone, especially individuals and families who are already having difficulty.

BRIC’s #BHeard Community Town Hall event on Wednesday, December 9, hosts a panel of noted activists and local educators to speak about these issues. Those who attend this free event can also ask pertinent questions to gain better insight. The latest event in the series will take place at the BRIC House and will broadcast live to the viewing public.

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BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-centric cable and digital network, kicked off a new season of shows last night with a lively launch party at its home base in Fort Greene’s BRIC House.

One of the borough’s leading community networks, BRIC TV was described by Executive Producer Aziz Isham as “Vice meets PBS.”

Brownstoner had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the lineup which includes the debut of several freshly minted original programs and new seasons of popular shows like BK Live and Straight Up. There’s one new show that may be particularly interesting to Brownstoner readers — On the Grid, hosted by Zephyr Teachout.

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BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is bringing fantastic new opportunities for creativity and voice to Coney Island and the surrounding community!

After two years of planning and hard work, BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech has launched its new, state-of-the-art television studio at the Coney Island Library. This partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library will provide Brooklynites access to up-to-the-minute video technology, a range of free and low-cost classes, and the opportunity for having the programs they create cablecast throughout Brooklyn.

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Openings 

Williamsburg residents rejoiced over the news that Trader Joe’s — the affordable grocery favored by hipsters and normals alike — is on its way to 206 Kent Avenue.

Paris Baguette has a certain je ne sais quoi. The quirky, Seoul-based bakery opened its first Brooklyn location at 97 Court Street in April. Pastry-loving Do-Bro residents just got more good news. According to Peter Schubert, Maison Kayser — the high-end artisanal boulangerie — just signed the lease on a space a block north of Paris Baguette.

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Kings Theatre via Facebook

The annual Building Brooklyn Awards recognizes recently completed construction and renovation projects that improve the borough’s diverse neighborhoods and economy. Thirteen projects in various categories have been selected to receive awards in this year’s ceremony.

Now in its fifteenth year, Building Brooklyn Awards will take place on July 21 at the newly restored Kings Theatre, winner of this year’s historic preservation award. The Chamber will be honoring Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City and Purnima Kapur, Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning, for their career-long contributions to Brooklyn’s real estate and development industry.

Register for sponsorship opportunities and tickets online.

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Sheldon Silver. Michael Grimm. It seems as if every time you check your news feed there’s another New York politician being accused of political corruption. And those are just the accusations of the illegal influence of money on politics. When the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that private corporations and unions were permitted by the Constitution to advertise for or against political candidates, the door to corporate influence on politics was thrown wide open.

In this climate, does your vote even matter? Will your voice be heard?

On Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., BRIC is bringing together politicians, writers, and activists for the latest event in their town hall series, Big Money and Politics: Can Your Voice Count? The free event, to be broadcast live by Brooklyn Independent Media from the BRIC House Ballroom, will “take a look at the inequality created when wealth holds the power to make policies that affect us all.”