UC Recap – September 12 – September 17th

September 12 – September 17

We began the week with a reposting from the Manhattan Times of Gloria Pazmiño’s poignant September 11th piece. We also featured some stirring and solemn pictures taken by our very own Paul Lomax at Ground Zero during the 10 year anniversary of the day that was seared into the world’s collective memory.

Do you know what WEPA (pronounced weh pa) means? Well, we interviewed Joann Jimenez, the founder of the popular WEPA dance parties, on the eve of their Washington Heights debut at Apt 78 (4447 Broadway) on September 13th. Check out our pictures of that night and you may get an inkling of what WEPA means. If you missed the inaugural event, don’t worry because the next one is on September 27th.

Okay folks, ever since I saw Crush during the NYILFF’s Dominican Night, I have not stopped singing its praises. Well, Crush made it’s HBO debut this past Friday on HBO Latino. Crush is now available on HBO on Demand, so make sure you support this ground breaking film. The creator of Crush, Dominic Colon, shared with the Uptown Collective his thoughts on this moment defining short film.

Washington Heights Hip-Hop artist Audubon has dropped his latest album, Digging For Sunlight. The project is a super solid effort from a multi-talented entertainer who is looking to shake up the music business. Kudos to local producer Frankie P, the man behind the bulk of the production on the album. What is even better is that it is available for free at

Congrats go out to Uptown businessman, Hector Bodre, for opening up a second Bodre Cut and Color Room on the Upper West Side (969 Columbus Avenue). We ended the week with an ode to Platanos (Plantains) written by yours truly in honor of the first ever Uptown Platano Festival that took place this past weekend.

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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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