UC Recap – November 14th – November 19th

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November 14th – November 19th

We have crossed the Rubicon. Trump’s America is beginning to take shape. Late last week it was announced that Senator Jeff Sessions is Trump’s pick for Attorney General. Just so you know Mr. Sessions was rejected for a federal judgeship because of racist tendencies. He opposes immigration of all kinds, doesn’t believe in climate change, and opposes same sex marriage. All hope is not lost though. We must come together and organize to save this country from its deep-seated bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia. The time for games has ended; it’s time to get serious.

Like we have said many times in the past, apathy is not an option. Especially not now, things have already begun to change for the worst. No one in this country is in more danger than immigrants. To that end, the Immigrant Justice Corps and NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic as well as a plethora of like-minded institutions are putting together an Immigrant Rights Teach-In and Know Your Rights Presentation on Monday, November 28th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. – SPREAD the word!

Uptown resident Elga Castro Ramos penned a poignant piece about her feelings on the election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the world. My home girl Frankie Reese of Girl Mob wrote a powerful missive on how to confront the perils ahead.

Bill Moyers latest project takes you inside one of the most notorious jails in the country, Rikers Island. The film debuted last week on PBS/Channel Thirteen. It is a must watch. Our Time Travel Tuesdays post transports us back to April 5th, 1970 for a sidewalk sermon from Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker. Marjua Estévez of Vibe Viva came Uptown recently to kick it with the bombastic Cardi B of Love And Hip-Hop fame. Did you know that the smooth voiced invisible narrator from Jane the Virgin has roots in the Heights? Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon introduces us to Anthony Méndez.

The DREAM Project (Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring Project) hosted its 5th Annual NYC Benefit: Sueños 2016 on Thursday, November 10th. Check out our recap of the festivities. The Hip-Hop Nutcracker is back people. If you have not seen this magnificent production then you are missing out on something truly special. Catch it at the opulent United Palace on Saturday, December 3rd. Get your tickets ASAP.

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Led Black

Editor-in-Chief

The Uptown Collective

 

The UC’s mission is to become “the” definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.