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The Uptown Collective – The Recap 4-29 to 5-4

By Led Black

April 29 – May 4

April 29 – May 4 Mark your calendars folks, the Eleventh Annual Drums Along The Hudson: A Native American Festival will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 in the urban oasis that is Inwood Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. The festival is a celebration of Native American heritage, culture and art and brings in folks from all over New York City and beyond. While we are on the topic, check out our pictures of the event from year’s past from Briana E. Heard, Paul Lomax & Art By Dj Boy.

Do you want to stay up on everything happening when it comes to Uptown Hip-Hop? Well, guess what ladies and gentlemen? There is an App for that. That’s right, the WHIN Committee, which I am a part of, has just released the free WHIN By Any Means smartphone App and it is available for iPhone and Android. In the coming weeks, the App will be churning out loads of exclusive content as well as keeping you up to date with all the developments with the WHIN By Any Means movement. Download the app and stay tuned for much more. Kudos goes out to Salcedo Mobile for creating the App.

This was also a good week for poetry on the site as we featured an excellent piece verse courtesy of Project Lovebot as well as another great poem by Frankie Medina. Frankie also took us on a trip back to the 2013 NY Auto Show with a hilarious video that really highlighted his comedy chops.

Even though Jarina De Marco is not from Uptown, the Brooklyn based femme fatale is half-Dominican and half-Brazilian, her debut song, Main Dish, is seriously infectious and she is someone that NEEDS to be on your radar. Jarina is signed to Wyclef’s label and if she keeps cranking out this cool mélange of music, she will soon be a breakout star. Shout out to Uptown’s own Cynthia La Cruz, who is quite talented in her own right, for putting us on to her.

We ended the week with another great The Best of the Boogie Down column by Jenni Ruiza focusing on sushi restaurant, Ceetay. By the way, we are only weeks away from the 10th anniversary of the Uptown Arts Stroll – get ready for the festivities.

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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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