Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – International House of Camel Toe

This week on the Latinos Out Loud podcast the gang chop it up about IHOP’s unpopular name change, Ariana Grande’s new boo and the negative effects of 5G networks. The special guest is Sarah Vega of the Dique podcast.

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#TheGramUptown: Walking On Sunshine

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Mas Fuerte – The Recap

By Led Black (@Led_Black)

QUEENS, NY – JUNE 09: A view of Presidente beers on ice at the ‘Mas Fuerte’ film premiere on June 9, 2018 in Long Island City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Presidente)

The good folks at Presidente Beer and Boiler Room TV threw a truly epic bash to celebrate the launch of Más Fuerte, a short film by Sean Frank that looks at the Dominican sound system vans and the exchange of music, culture and traditions between Santo Domingo and NYC. The event took place on June 9 at a now defunct petrol facility in Long Island City that was transformed to a massive party space replete with custom made sound vans as well as incredible DJ sets from Nina Sky and DJ Prostyle. In addition we were treated to performances from A. CHAL and El Mayor Clasico with Maluca La Mala hosting the festivities. Did I mention the free flowing Presidente Beer for the entire duration of the event? This has to be one of the best I have ever been to, bar none.

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Open For Business: Harlem Hops

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

NEW SPOT ALERT folks! If you like craft beer then do yourself a favor and heed my words and hit up Harlem Hops (2268 Adam Clayton Powell BLVD) ASAP. These people take their beer seriously. Harlem Hops boasts an exceptionally bespoke collection of super niche and innovative beers that will blow you away. And get this: many of the beers on tap are super local. The proprietors go out of their way to support small batch breweries that are making outstanding beers. With that said make your way there pronto and tell them the Uptown Collective sent you.

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Defend Puerto Rico – The Recap

The multimedia exhibition of Defend Puerto Rico documented the impacts of the hurricane and community efforts to rebuild it at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in East Harlem. Nine months following Hurricane María, Puerto Ricans in the diaspora and the island have yet to see the kind of aid the island truly needs to progress. #DefendPR provided the public with a unique view of the current resistance and recovery movements through the lens of grassroots artists, filmmakers, and activists. The exhibit was an immersive multimedia experience that guided the audience through the past, current and future dialogue of Puerto Rican identity, culture, and diasporic relationships through video, virtual reality and live performances and speeches. Defend PR as a transmedia project explored a deceptively simple question–How do we defend Puerto Rico? The answers are a complex exploration of how individuals identify Puerto Rico for themselves and how they have taken the crisis as a call to action to investigate and invest in that identity.

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06/16/18: The 2018 Higher Ground Festival

The 2018 Higher Ground Festival takes place on Saturday, June 16 at the Anne Loftus Playground. Higher Ground Festival brings artists of Washington Heights and Inwood together to network and to create interdisciplinary collaborations, which are presented free to the public. You have to love Uptown summers. Enjoy!

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