BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Carolina Pichardo is the second contributor, after photographer Briana E. Heard, to join the team but she was the first writer to come aboard to assist me with the writing duties that come with trying to run a daily site. Her enthusiasm and belief in the Uptown Collective helped me to realize early on that we were onto something here with this site. Carolina is a freelance writer, editor, mom and she is also the co-founder of Young Urban Moms, Inc but even with all that on her plate she still finds time to write for us, teach me a few things and give me the scoop on things I may have missed. The Uptown Collective has benefited immensely from having this amazing talent on our squad. Check out her blog,

Here is Carolina in her own words.

I moved Uptown with my family at thirteen years old, after being born in Harlem, moving to Rhode Island with a brief stint in the Bronx.

Within this sixty-five [boxed] block (or so) radius, I’ve learned that there’s more to the writings on the wall, the beats and verses to a rhyme and that feelings are more than vein-to-skin deep.

That the blue line could take you further than a plane, just pass the Hudson or Dyckman Street…

And into a birthing process that I try to emulate through my writing.

Hold the words hand-in-hand + up these cracked/crooked streets and down on paper.

For you to read, understand and rock. Head bob.

Cause you’ve learned something of the same, down Sherman, Wadsworth or maybe in—Amsterdam.

That is me. Writing. And Uptown.

Check out some of her work below.

Brides’ March – Gladys Ricart Remembered

Inwood Boxing Academy – Losing is not an Option

Uptown Gem – The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center

Open For Business – Capas Inc Cigar Bar

Also Check out:

Meet the UC Contributors – Briana E. Heard

I invite you to join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at [email protected]

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  • Dj Boy
    October 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    You found a good one Led, I hope to finally contribute to this great site and join you guys in THIS great Uptown gem. Continue to do great work Ms Pichardo!

  • onetwib
    October 30, 2010 at 7:24 am

    looking forward to reading some more articles from Carolina …

    November 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm

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