By Carl L. Clemons (@CarlLClemons) This is without question the most difficult letter I ever had to write in my entire life. The reason for this being an intense desire to use my hands with another tool other than a keyboard to address you! The issue I have with you beyond the fact that you [...]
Story, photos and video by Sherry Mazzocchi Rosita Romero is the Executive Director of the Dominican Women’s Development Center, located in Washington Heights. For more than 30 years, she has actively defended the rights of people in the community. “I’m blessed to have this job,” she says. “It’s a labor of love.” We are very [...]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Okay, so here is the deal. Jon Ullman of Trouble In The Heights fame and I are working on the definitive documentary on the infamous street libation known as the Nutcracker. The film is not just the story of what we like to call “modern day moonshine” but it is also [...]
By Carl L. Clemons (@CarlLClemons) “Honest people will respect us for our merit; the public, for our luck.” (Francois Duc DE LA Rochefoucauld 1613-1680, French Writer and Moralist). Washington Heights is known for many things, depending on whom you are asking. Oft times during casual conversation, when the topic is Washington Heights, the negative depictions [...]
Story and video by Sherry Mazzocchi A Dominican court ruling recently revoked the citizenship of all people born of foreign-born parents since June of 1929. The ruling applies to anyone born between 1929 and 2010, and impacts somewhere between 200,000 to 225,000 people, mostly of Haitian descent. That begs a question: What does it mean [...]
Strangers is the first single off Reyna’s upcoming EP. Video directed by Nelson Salcedo & Audubon. Strangers was written & produced by Audubon. Mixed & mastered by The Reason. We invite you to subscribe to the weekly Uptown Love newsletter, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, or e-mail us at UptownCollective@gmail.com.
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I can think of no better way to start off the New Year on this site than with the stirring poem delivered by New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya Ramana, at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony. The poem, simply entitled “New York City”, is a poignant, powerful and lyrical [...]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Let’s get right to it people. Here are the Top 10 Posts of 2013.
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Good Riddance Mike Bloomberg! I am SOOOOOO happy that you will no longer be the Mayor of this great city. You have no idea. I REALLY MEAN THAT! (All caps on purpose – so take that.) I am ridiculously elated that starting tomorrow, I will no longer have to hear your [...]
BY Paul Gallay Call it the broken windows theory applied to environmentalism. This spring, Riverkeeper helped mobilize a crew of 80 to clean up trash at Inwood’s North Cove, a reclaimed wetlands area on the Harlem River where wildlife now flourishes amid steel and cement. The biggest cleanup of 72 on our second annual day [...]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) It’s the Holidays folks and there is a bunch of stuff happening this holiday weekend. So without further ado, here it goes. Due to popular demand, the Spread Love It’s The Uptown Way Tees are now available at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street). While you are there, [...]
By Carl L. Clemons (@CarlLClemons) I love my hood! Many bellow this mantra but, a pertinent question would be; does the hood love back? As of late, the answer is not as clear as I would like it to be. There was a time where one would not be able to pay me to believe [...]
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BY Led Black (@Led_Black) First of all, I have to thank the good people at Ford for hooking a brother up with simply killer seats for the 14th Annual Latin Grammys. Secondly and more importantly, I have to say that I was completely and utterly blown away by the sheer awesomeness of the Latin Grammys. [...]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) That’s right people; I have the distinct honor of covering the 14th annual Latin Grammys. This is the biggest night of the year for Latin Music. Please follow me on Twitter and Instagram for all the behind-the-scenes awesomeness. The star-studded affair goes down on Thursday, November 21st at 8 pm est [...]
By ALEX VADUKUL A tall plastic soup container is filled with ice, over-proof rum, cheap liqueurs and fruit juices and stashed in a brown paper bag. Some money changes hands. What happens after that, at least for the buyer, can get blurry. The potent street cocktail is called a nutcracker. It is best known in [...]
Words: Led Black – Video: Nelson R. Salcedo – 2nd Camera: Art By Dj Boy – Photography: Emil Baez – Sound: Ray Rodriguez This past summer, the usual Uptown Collective crew of Art By Dj Boy, Ray Rodriguez, Emil Baez, Jon Ullman and myself embarked on a pilgrimage to the brewery where Dyckman Beer works [...]