By Led Black
August 17 – August 22
I have a confession to make. I am starting to fall real hard for Miami. Once again, the Ford Millennials converged on Miami for 3 days of learning, career advancement, culture and cuisine. I cannot overstate how proud I am to have been chosen to be a part of the Ford Millennials. Ford Millennials is an important initiative from Ford en Español that selects young and emerging Latino influencers from across the country and helps to nurture their growth and development. Please check out my recap of the Ford Millennials Summit in Miami.
Listen up folks; you NEED to catch The Pineapple Diaries web series. Written and directed by the very talented Paloma Valenzuela, The Pineapple Diaries is a really funny look at the Jamaica Plain neighborhood in Boston, which is the Boston equivalent of Washington Heights.
Our Indiegogo Spotlight focused on the campaign to fund the relocation of the Revolution Books store to Harlem. That’s right people; the most radical bookstore on the planet is coming Uptown. There are only a few days left to support this important endeavor. Room 28 also released an important PSA instructing people on what to do when someone offers you drugs. 8JTV is back at it with their latest hilarious video, Who’s Man’s?.
There is a host of must-see films that are in theaters now or will be in the coming weeks. Please read my review of Amy, about iconic but troubled singer Amy Winehouse, which is in theaters now. I also penned a review of the must-see documentary, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution that can be seen at the Film Forum on September 2nd.
Juan Mariel Alcántara Peña was only 19 when he made the fateful decision to join the Army. Spurred by the terrorist attacks on September 11th, Mr. Peña enlisted and left Washington Heights to fight on the frontlines in Iraq. Three years later, while out on patrol, an improvised explosive device killed Juan and 2 other servicemen. Late last year, President Barack Obama signed into law the renaming of the Inwood Post Office in honor of Mr. Peña. On August 9th, 2015 family members, elected officials, veterans and local gathered at the Inwood Post Office for the rededication ceremony.
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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.