The Uptown Collective – The Recap 2-3 to 2-8

By Led Black

February 3 – February 8

It is Black History Month people! Did you know that Washington Heights boasts a world class educational and cultural space dedicated to the late great Malcolm X and his valiant fight for civil and human rights? The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) is an Uptown Gem that everyone Uptown and all of New York City, for that matter, should visit ASAP. To sweeten the deal, from now until March 30th, you can catch the Smithsonian’s incredible Indivisible exhibit that explores the intermingling of the Native and African American communities, their legacies and their enduring cultures. So you have your marching orders, please stop by the Shabazz Center before the month is over.

The Uptown Collective had the pleasure of collaborating with the good folks at Imagination in Space for their popular #CocktailonaMonday event that went down on February 3rd at Ludlow Studios in the Lower East Side. Nearly 8 inches of snow did not stop all the cool creative folks that came out to collude, conspire and imbibe at what is fast becoming a can’t miss monthly Pop-Up event.

Later this month, February 21st– 23rd to be exact, the indispensable People’s Theatre Project (PTP) is putting on Domestic Disturbance, which is an interactive and bilingual theatrical event about housing issues and domestic violence based on the real life experiences of the Uptown Action community actors. If you have not been to a PTP production before, you are truly missing out on something special!

Kelly Hushin, writing for the Beauty News NYC site, showed love to a bona fide Uptown foodie spot, Rusty Mackerel. Helmed by local boy made good, Chef James “Mac” Moran, Rusty Mackerel is belting out some really innovative and seriously delicious fare. Go there now and you can thank me later.

Our Monday Mood Music selection featured the latest video by the talented songstress Camille Safiya entitled 40 Oz. Dreamz off of the Sonic Blues EP. The always-brilliant producer and friend to the UC, Frankie P, produced the entire Sonic Blues EP. The video was ably directed by the big homie, Fred Focus. The popular Best of the Boogie Down column by Jenni Ruiza took us on a trip to the Cuban culinary castle known as Havana Café.

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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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