The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-14 to 4-19

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By Led Black

April 14 – April 19

First of all, congrats to our very own Emmanuel “Dj Boy” Abreu for surpassing his Indiegogo pledge goal of $5,500. He ended up raising $6,300 to prepare and gear up for his participation in the prestigious 360 XOCHI QUETZAL artist residency in Mexico. That is a terrific accomplishment from one of the most humble and hardest working people I know. I can’t wait to see the fruits of that incredible opportunity.

“King Kong ain’t got expletive on me,” are the famous words of corrupt cop Alonzo Harris, played by Denzel Washington, in the film Training Day. Well, sir you are wrong. On April 27th, the 4th installment of Sunday Movies at the Palace with Lin-Manuel Miranda features the original King Kong from 1933 with an introduction by legendary filmmaker John Landis, the director of Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Coming to America and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The cherry on top is that entry to this next-generation movie experience is absolutely free. So there Alonzo Harris…

This week we posted a dramatic YouTube clip of a young man almost getting run over by the A train on 175th street. The video taken on December 28th 2013 shows an emotionally disturbed young man on the train tracks while some of his friends try to rescue him from certain death. On a brighter note, Emmanuel “Dj Boy” Abreu released his latest video opus, the simply sublime, NYC, Uptown Life and Views. The video brilliantly depicts the beauty and majesty of Uptown.

Uptown Hip-Hop heavyweight Dark released the Black Friday Remix video featuring Chinx and Bodega Bamz. The prolific producer/artist Eckz released the solid Selena, a well-executed mashup mixtape of the Latina Icon’s music alongside Eckz and a host of Uptown emcees. We also posted the The Mixtapes EP documentary that delves into the work of artist/producer Dominante. Shout out to Ms. Viva Voce for the great Q&A with the talented Dominate.

Uptown foodies have 2 new reasons to celebrate. First Washington Heights and Inwood Restaurant week, has been rechristened #WHIN and Dine, and runs from May 12th thru the 23rd. Secondly, starting May 10th, a slew of awesome food trucks will descend upon Restaurant Row in Harlem every Saturday to add to already happening culinary scene there.

Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.

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.