By Led Black
September 29 – October 4
On the last weekend in September, I had the honor of taking part in the Ford Millennials Summit in Miami as a member of the Ford Millennials team. Ford Millennials is an important initiative from Ford en Español that selects young and emerging Latino influencers from across the country and helps to nurture their growth and development. In just about 48 hours we took part in Social Media Week Miami, the Miami Urban Music and Film Festival, the Viva Miami Expo, a tech and social media summit at FIU’s School of Mass Communications as well as the super awesome Calle 8 Noches Culturales series. It was two intense days of art, culture, community, learning and networking. I even got to see a horse dancing Salsa. Don’t believe me? Check out the site for my recap of the summit.
Our Time Travel Tuesdays post took back to August 24th, 1986 for a great story on the documentary We Were So Beloved about the thriving German Jewish community that once flourished in Washington Heights. In fact, some folks even referred to the neighborhood as Frankfort-on-the-Hudson.
Spread the word people. Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th Street) is holding college prep courses every Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 pm for high school juniors and seniors. A professional writer and tutor from Columbia University will host the weekly classes. The Room 28 Theatre Extravaganza Spectacular goes down at The Poet’s Den (309 East 108th Street) on October 17th and 18th. Room 28 is a talented improvisation troupe that includes Juan Bago, Jaime Fernandez, Anthony Palmini, Oscar “O” Martinez, Jerry “Elmo DiFoca” Diaz, Ariana Rodriguez, Karina Ortiz, and Rachel “Loca La Boca” Muñiz.
The 14th Annual Brides March took place on Friday September 26th. The march is held in honor of Gladys Ricart who was killed by an ex-boyfriend on her wedding day in 1999 and to protest domestic violence. The Wall Street Journal ran an excellent story, replete with stirring photographs, on the powerful protest march.
Scott Lynch of Gothamist came up to the majestic Fort Tryon Park to revel in the 30th Annual Medieval Festival. The Medieval Festival has become one of the biggest events Uptown, drawing nearly 60,000 witches, warlocks, damsels, knights and lords yearly.
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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.