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UC Recap: July 14 – July 19

July 14 – July 19

CNN En Español recently did a great profile of our good friend Juan Camilo and the Dyckman Beer Company. It is truly amazing what Juan and company have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. If you have never had a Dyckman Beer, then you need to change that sad state of affairs ASAP. You can thank us later. While you are at it, please check out our video on the Dyckman Beer Company.

Glenn White is kind of a big deal. The saxophonist/composer/educator has performed alongside such notable musicians as Norah Jones, The Reigning Monarchs and Anya Marina, just to name a few. He has performed at South by Southwest, NYC’s Blue Note, Smalls and WNYC’s Greene Space. He is now hard at work on his latest full-length opus. That is where you come in. Glenn needs your help to complete the undertaking. You can contribute to his crowd funding campaign and become part of the project.

Speaking of great musicians, Salsa giant Willie Colón will be at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on August 16th at 8 pm for an exclusive performance of all his greatest hits. You don’t want to miss the master at work. The one and only Tellie Floydd recently released a new tune featuring Charlie Cruz entitled Bout Dat. We also featured a new one by Fre$co Figueroa, They Don’t Understand. In addition, we posted a great video of the last Hit ‘Em Hard Showcase featuring Sean Price.

On July 16th, 1964, 15-year-old James Powell was killed by a police officer, which led to riots on the streets of Harlem and beyond. We remembered the Harlem Riots of 1964 with an excellent audio piece on the turmoil courtesy of the indispensable WNYC.

Please don’t forget folks, that the next Led Black Book Club takes place on Thursday, July 24th at Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street) from 7 to 9 pm. My guest that night is novelist and honorary Dominican, AJ Sidransky, who recently released his 2nd novel, Stealing A Summer’s Afternoon. The book is a radical departure from the epic and sweeping nature of his first opus, Forgiving Maximo Rothman, but it is an engrossing read nonetheless. I hope to see you there.

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