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UC Recap – October 17th – October 22th

October 17th – October 22th

Lin-Manuel Miranda is leaving Uptown. No, not for good – he is headed to London to work on the Mary Poppins reboot. Before he left he held court at the United Palace for the premiere of the documentary, Inside Hamiltons America, which is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful musical. Sherry Mazzocchi and Debralee Santos of the Manhattan Times take us to the premiere for an insider look at the festivities. Make sure you catch the film on PBS.

Please, please, please support the Indiegogo campaign to Reawaken Wonder at the venerable United Palace. We are trying to have a world-class movie house right here in our backyard. Please help to make that happen. Lin-Manuel has already donated 100K to the cause.

For over 40 years Dr. Marta Moreno Vega has been on the front lines of highlighting, defining and shaping Afro-Latino identity both in the United States and abroad. She has dedicated her life to telling the story of the African Diaspora and celebrating the legacy and brilliance of African people. To that end she founded the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) in 1976. CCCADI recently celebrated its new home in the heart of El Barrio. Dr. Vega took some time from her busy schedule to talk to us about the meaning of home, the African Diaspora and the future of the CCCADI.

Seph Rodney of Hyperallergic wrote a must-read piece on how art galleries coming to Harlem from elsewhere is not necessarily a good thing. Neha Thirani Bagri of Quartz penned an excellent article on one man’s quest to bring attention to the plight of the Bahai community in Iran through street art in Harlem and beyond. Rebecca Nathanson of The American Prospect reported on the potential impact of affordable housing activists in Inwood and throughout the city.

Uptown Hip-Hop is coming along nicely. It is a must that you spread that Uptown Love and check out the latest from Uptown’s own Dubwork of the mighty IOD camp. The highly anticipated project is available now on iTunes and is another important milestone for Hip-Hop coming out of Washington Heights and Inwood. Check out the cool new video by the Illuminaires, WHAT. Our Mood Music selection comes to us from Lito Kirino, Atrapado En El Pasado.

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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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