By Led Black
June 23 – June 28
We started the week with the super awesome news that our short film, The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co., got some love from the indispensable NY Times. Thanks to reporters Andy Newman, Annie Correal and Kenneth Rosen for including us in the New York Today daily roundup on Tuesday, June 24th. The succinct and superb breakdown of the film ends with an empathic, Watch It. Please do what the paper of record asks of you and watch it here: http://vimeo.com/98896469. Plus, with the 4th of July around the corner, it is your patriotic duty, so please be a good American and support real independent filmmaking.
Do you know what a Bug Out Bag is? Our Time Travel Tuesdays post took us back to an informative post published in the NY Times on January 26th of 2013 about the Doomsday Preppers of New York. Journalist Alan Feuer recounts a meeting of would be survivalists, sponsored by the New York City Preppers Network, that took place Uptown. After the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, the idea of being prepared for a disaster doesn’t seem so strange and kooky anymore. The article is replete with great pictures as well a video.
Speaking of videos, we featured some stunning video content this week. Back from his artist residency in central Mexico, Emmanuel “Dj Boy” Abreu put together a beautiful video that captures the majestic Inwood Hill Park from above. NoMAA grantee, Roj Rodriguez, produced an excellent video on the local-turned-global fitness phenomenon that is Barstarzz. You won’t believe what these guys, and some girls, can do.
It was also a great week for Uptown Hip-Hop on the site. We had the privilege of premiering the latest from the one and only Boston featuring Heavy Doe, Hate Me Now. The super-talented Glory also has a new joint, They Ain’t Like Me Tho.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out the Ford Motor Company for selecting me to take part in the 2014 Ford Trends Conference in Detroit this past week. I and selected journalists, bloggers, influencers and futurists were treated to an immersive behind-the-scenes look at the pioneering spirit that has made Ford such an iconic American brand.
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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.