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UC Recap- November 2 – November 7

UC Recap – November 2 – 7

By Led Black

November 2 – November 7

The 2nd Annual Quisqueya Heights Symposium is going down at the venerable United Palace on Saturday, November 14th from 3 pm to 6pm. Aptly titled Like A Boss: Talking Shop With Young Latino Entrepreneurs, the event will hone in on young Uptown entrepreneurs who are doing big things in their respective fields. The overwhelming positive response we received to last year’s Quisqueya Heights: A Dialogue on Dominican Identity in the 21st Century demonstrated that we need to have more discussions about our community and our crucial role in it. This is about doing the heavy lifting that community entails. Yours truly will moderate this important panel. The invited panelists are; Ada Rojas, founder and editor of, Juan Camilo, founder of Dyckman Beer Company, Edrizio DelaCruz, co-founder of Regalii, Albania Rosario, founder of Uptown Fashion Week, and Jose Morales, owner of Apt 78. Please come out and show your support.

Our Rocket Hub Spotlight focused on the new exciting series about Latinos across America, Livin’ Americana, which is produced by Pinehurst Productions. Shout out to my good friend Octavio Blanco who is involved with this important endeavor. Please show them love!

Matt A.V. Chaban of the NY Times wrote a great article on the Audubon Mural Project, which aims to bring awareness to the effects of climate change on the natural world.

You may not know it but Andy Mineo is a big deal. Paley Martin of Billboard sat down with the “Christian Rapper” to talk about Hip-hop, faith and life. Imagine a world where Dominicans created an equally competitive ride sharing service called Uver… No need to imagine, The Flama and Juan Bago and friends put you up on the latest killer app.

If, and I shudder at the thought, Donald Trump becomes President in 2016, it will be partly the fault of SNL and NBC. If such a calamitous turn of events shall befall us, let’s play the blame game in advance. Giving an opportunistic bigot like Donald Trump such an important and revered cultural platform legitimizes him and bestows an undue endorsement of his ugly and virulent anti-Latino bias that is much more prevalent and popular than we would like to admit. Please read my Op-Led on the troubling Donald Trump Phenomenon.

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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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