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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 10-21 to 10-26

By Led Black

October 21 – October 26

Halloween is upon us and vampires have invaded the neighborhood. Well, sort of. Vampire in the Heights is a short film currently in pre-production written by and starring Frank Medina. We posted a selection of pictures from the project by Hansel Sanchez and featuring Wanda Perez and Leslie Ramirez as Frank Medina’s victims. Beware of the Vampire in the Heights!

Speaking of Halloween, Uptown’s own Los Gambinos have a new song featuring El Rey Tulile appropriately entitled Trikotri, which is Dominicanese for Trick or Treat. Also, don’t forget that if you are looking for a hip-hop Halloween, then you have to be in attendance for the WHIN By Any Means presents The Night of the Living Band event at Mimosa (263 Sherman Ave) on Halloween Night. Yours truly will host the event that will feature performances from Tellie Floydd, BLVD, Mad Amps, Arp Music and Hella Gang backed by Will Glass on drums and Alexis Marcelo on keyboard.

This week we posted an awesome poem entitled Washington Heights, The Beautiful from our newest contributor K.R.M., which we paired with an equally awesome picture from Briana E. Heard. Our Monday Mood Music column featured the latest from my brother Tellie Floydd, Chitter Chatter. Our Uptown Video post focused on the Who is Lucky? short film about M. Class by Lozer Films.

ProyectoNext is dedicated to bringing to the masses the Latino films, actors, directors and musicians of tomorrow today. With that lofty goal in mind, I have to say that they delivered mightily in their inaugural event that went down earlier this month. The featured film for the occasion was The House That Jack Built. The film is a riveting trek through the trials, tribulations and troubles of one Latino family in the Bronx and how they cope with the never-ending drama that comes their way. Our Bronx contributor Jenni Ruiza opined on navigating the perils of online dating in her A Single Girl from the Bronx Saga.

Uptown is making moves baby. Case in point: The Flagrant Club (1530 Saint Nicholas Ave), a skate-shop/apparel-line/boutique, which is the latest venture from longtime artist, designer and entrepreneur Azad Gonzalez. The Flagrant Club is the spot to get your new board plus cop the exclusive The Flagrant Club in-house collection.

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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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