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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 1-21 to 1-26

By Led Black

January 21– January 26

On a wickedly frigid night, Thursday, January 24th to be exact, Trouble In The Heights, the United Palace and Washington Heights made history. Trouble In The Heights became the first movie in over 40 years to be shown on the silver screen of the United Palace. Over 700 people came from the neighborhood and beyond to take part in this historic occasion. Check out the pictures of the festivities courtesy of Art By Dj Boy as well as a post that showed all the tweets about the movie and the evening. Not to mention that we also ran my review of the film that I referred to as the Latino Boys N The Hood.

Did you know that the star of Trouble In The Heights, Rayniel Rufino, is also a recording artist that goes by the moniker Rubi Rosa? The Uptown Collective had the distinct pleasure of premiering Rayniel’s latest song Plastic Cup. I was also given a sneak peak at a bunch of his unreleased material recently and I was completely blown away. Rayniel Rufino is not just Uptown’s leading man but a talented Hip-Hop artist that is about to make serious moves in the music industry as well.

This week also saw a gang of new music coming from Uptown based artists. Our good friends Circa 95 have a new song video entitled Better Beware. Yours truly makes a brief cameo in the video rocking my Classic Material Uptown tee. Speaking of new music, the talented Boston is back with a new banger. Watch out for this artist, he is a real problem.

Uptown’s own Audubon of MTV’s Washington Heights fame stopped by the NY Times building to talk David Gillen about the show, the neighborhood and changing Reality TV for the better. I am super proud of what this young man has been able to accomplish in the matter of a couple of years and he is only getting started. Stay tuned for much more from the multi-talented Audubon!

We ended the week as we always do with the sidesplitting breakdown of MTV’s Washington Heights by the uproariously hilarious Sara Martinez. This has quickly become one of the most anticipated posts of the week.

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Led Black
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.

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