Spread Love: Support Mari en Maraña

Indiegogo - Mari En Marana

If we don’t support our art, who will? Making a film isn’t easy. It takes gumption, dedication, skill, patience, and oh yeah, money. The young people behind Mari en Maraña are trying to make a short film that takes the classic story of Romeo and Juliet and transposes it to present-day Washington Heights with Dominican and Haitian protagonists no less. This is an endeavor you should support. You have only a few days left so please spread that Uptown Love…

Support: ‘Mari en Maraña’ – A Short Film | Indiegogo


Op-Led: Join The Renters’ March On Saturday, October 25th

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Housing March Harlem Washington Heights

That’s right people, tomorrow a coalition of housing and tenant activists from across the city will gather Uptown for a march from Harlem to Washington Heights. The route chosen marks the largest concentration of rent-regulated apartments in all of New York City, which underscores the importance of ensuring your voices are heard.

This is serious business folks! On June 15th, 2015, the rent laws protecting over 2.5 million New Yorkers are set to expire. Let’s make sure they are just not renewed but are strengthened. We need to send a strong and unequivocal message to the New York State Senate that we intend to keep New York City a place for everyone to live not just the super rich.

If we do not fight for affordable housing today, there will nothing left to fight for tomorrow. The very vibrancy and dynamism of this great city is at stake. Let’s do our part and secure this city for generations to come.

Pa’Lante Siempre Pa’Lante


The Truth About Ebola

BY Mark Levine (@MarkLevineNYC)

Ebola - Harlem

Outside Dr. Spencer's apartment on West 147th Street (AP)

As you have likely heard, Dr. Craig Spencer, a member of our community who lives on West 147th Street, has been diagnosed with Ebola.  He is currently being treated in the isolation ward at Bellevue.  Three of his close relations have been quarantined but are currently healthy.  The Department of Health is actively working to trace other possible at-risk contacts Dr. Spencer may have had.

These developments are cause for concern–but not for panic.  A lot of misinformation is circulating about Ebola and how it spreads. Here are the facts:


No Me Diga! Meet the Cast of the Dominican Republic’s Upcoming Spanish-Language In the Heights | Playbill

By Matthew Blank

In The Heights - Dominican Republic

JJ Sánchez (Graffiti Pete), Ian Castillo (Sonny) and Javier Grullón (Usnavi)

A Spanish-language production of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, which brings to life the characters of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, will premiere in November at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo.

Featuring a Tony-nominated book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and a Tony-winning score by Lin‐Manuel Miranda, the pop and hip-hop musical tells the story of a bodega owner from the Dominican Republic chasing the American Dream in New York City. It premiered on Broadway in 2008, playing a 1,214 run before closing in early 2011.

The D.R. production, which is produced by Amaury Sánchez, will play six performances Nov. 7-16 under the direction of Waddys Jáquez.

Read more: PHOTO CALL: No Me Diga! Meet the Cast of the Dominican Republic’s Upcoming Spanish-Language In the Heights – Playbill.com.


Uptown Video: Fronterizas

Two women, one from Haiti and one from Dominican Republic, are part of the Border Network of Women Artisans formed by 90 women from 7 frontier communities between Haiti and D.R.. They recycle and take advantage of the resources around them, seeking a better future for their families and their communities, and maybe without knowing, creating a better relationship between two countries.

“Fronterizas” (Frontier women) is a short documentary about good and beautiful people from difficult places of this world. It was Finalist in the Sundance Short Film Challenge.


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