The Uptown Collective – The Recap 5-12 to 5-17

By Led Black

May 12 – May 17

It’s officially on people. The official Washington Heights & Inwood dining week celebration, #WHIN & DINE, has begun so get out there and start exploring all the wonderful establishments that Uptown has to offer. You have until May 23rd to get in on an enticing 3-course prix fix dinner for $26.95 at a whole host of awesome Uptown restaurants. Check out for more info and to see the full list of participating restaurants.

Our Monday Mood Music selection comes to us from lyricist Jay Wise, Play Too Rough. This week’s Time Travel Tuesdays column took back us to October 27th, 2008 for a great video entitled Conversations on Broadway – Inwood. In the video, one of our favorite NY Times’ columnists, Charles Blow, comes Uptown to talk with voters in Fort Tryon Park about immigration, race and other issues.

Our Uptown Video pick is a short video about an innovative site-specific video game created for the REPURPOSE lighting intervention under the 12th Ave viaduct curated by Savona Bailey-McClain of the West Harlem Art Fund. Arlene Schulman took to the streets to gauge people’s reaction regarding the 300 girls abducted from their boarding school in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Kiki Melendez’ Journey of a Female Comic chronicles the highs and lows of a Latina actress/comedian as she struggles to make it in Hollywood. It’s a comical portrayal of what it takes to achieve success in a town where people confuse fame with greatness, with an all-star cast of some of the greatest Latino Actors in Hollywood.

Uptown’s own Oveous appeared on the Arsenio Hall show on Tuesday, May 13th and quite simply tore it down. Kudos goes out to him for that stellar performance. Let the Fire Burn is one of the most important documentary films you will see this year. Using archival news coverage and interviews, Let the Fire Burn brings to life one of the most tumultuous but largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history, as a longtime feud between Philadelphia police and the controversial urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax in 1985. The film made its TV debut on PBS on recently but you can also catch it on Netflix streaming.

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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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