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UC Recap –  March 19 – March 24

 March 19 – March 24

Washington Heights is on the frontlines of the war on immigrants that Donald Trump is waging. Cinthya Santos Briones, Laura Gottesdiener and Malav Kanuga of The Nation put together an absolute must-read on the trials and tribulations of Amanda Morales. Ever since Amanda Morales sought sanctuary in the Hollyrood Church on August 17, 2017, she has not seen the light of day for any meaningful length of time. The powerful story replete with a series of simply searing photographs paints a heart-breaking picture of what it means to be undocumented in Trump’s America.

Michael Schwirtz and Jonah Engel Bromwich of the NY Times reported on the five-alarm blaze that broke out at 773 St. Nicholas Avenue late Thursday night. Tragically, firefighter Michael R. Davidson, 37, lost his life fighting the fire. The edifice is also the former home of the storied St. Nick’s Pub.

I was so excited about the new Netflix original film Roxanne Roxanne that I made a mistake and stated that it came out last week. My bad, it is available as of March 23 so make sure you check it out ASAP. I saw the film this weekend and absolutely loved it.

One of the stars of Roxanne Roxanne is Washington Heights’ own Elvis Nolasco. Hit up for our really cool Q&A with the immensely talented Mr. Nolasco filmed at his old high school drama room in the George Washington High School.

The Fix comes to us from the talented Ron Renaissance, Mama Vuela. On the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast, Alana J fills in for Rachel and the crew discuss Drake’s theft of Fernando the Party Planner’s entire swag, messy Uber stories, male birth control pills and Cynthia Nixon’s run for Governor. The special guest this week is Radel “Andy” Ortiz.

Spring should be here any day now. Please read perennial favorite, I Hate My North Face: An Ode To Spring at, which is a pretty funny take, if I do say so myself, on the Winter Blues by yours truly. Even though I am officially done with the snow, I had an epic snowball fight with my 3 daughters during the last storm.


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Led Black


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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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