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UC Recap – April 17 – April 22

 April 17 – April 22

I am writing this missive still feeling exhilarated from the massive turnout for the Uptown March for Immigrant Rights. Shout out to the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights for organizing this powerful display of people power. This is a fight for the soul of our nation; we have made it crystal clear to those that oppose us that the battle has been joined by both sides!

The people will once again storm the palace. In light of the Trump tyranny, this event is more crucial than ever. The People Storm the Palace is an annual social justice theatre festival brought to you by the Peoples Theatre Project (PTP). PTP empowers the entire community, both young and old, to find their voices, tell their stories and speak their truths. For the people, by the people! That in a nutshell is the People’s Theatre Project.

Where exactly is the Fort George section of Washington Heights? C.J. Hughes of the NY Times fills us in. Shout out to photographer Elias Williams for all the sweet images. Madina Toure of the Observer reported on how progressives are attempting to shield undocumented tenants. Habichuelas Con Dulce is a Dominican delicacy and Nidia Rivera is the undisputed queen of Habichuelas Con Dulce. Yara Simón of Remezcla delves into her rise to the top of the highly competitive Habichuela Con Dulce game.

Did you know that Uptown superhero Lin-Manuel Miranda has a tee shirt line, TeeRico, that is all about light, love and positivity? Well, it gets better. TeeRico employs local women to process and ship the tees around the world. Check out more at The 4th Annual Health & Beauty Expo went down on April 20th. Our very own Marcus Johnson was there to capture all the awesomeness.

In the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast, the crew discusses the Lala/Melo break up, Rachel’s epic showdown at the dog run and baby Instagram etiquette. Guest Milly Tamarez talks about the lack of diversity in the improv/sketch world and what she is trying to do to improve it. The good folks at Uptown Vinyl Supreme are trying to raise funds to have a Hip-Hop Summer School for under-served youth. Please show them some Uptown Love and give what you can.


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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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