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UC Recap

January 18 – January 23


It was approximately 10:45 am on December 31st, 2015. One of Uptown’ s most talented rap artists, Glory, had just dropped off his daughter at the salon. His hands were full of bags as he readied himself for the New Year’s celebration to come. He was on his beloved block on Ellwood, he had a game plan for the night. Glory did not have a care in the world. When suddenly and out of nowhere, someone approaches from behind, points a gun in his face and robs him of his valuables. To make matters worse, the assailant proceeds to shoot Glory in the back and runs off to a van he had just carjacked by threatening to kill the driver of the car and his entire family. Thankfully, Glory is recovering and the alleged assailant is behind bars. Hit up the site to read more…


The Apollo Theater, in partnership with Independent Lens and THIRTEEN, presents a free screening of Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Sunday, February 7th. The film is the first feature-length documentary exploring the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture and to the cultural/political awakening of black people. Screening to be followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by WNET’s MetroFocus Producer and Host Rafael Pi Roman. RSVP pronto before it is too late.


Danielle Valente of am New York put together an essential guide to Washington Heights. Terence McGinley of the NY Times penned a wonderful piece on Marta Benitez, who has lived in East Harlem for 85 years and dedicates her life to helping others. Cancer isn’t a funny topic but the latest post by Eileen Z. Fuentes, The 14 Archetypes of Healing, is pretty funny.


Joshua David Stein of the NY Post wrote a great article on Harlem’s emergent food scene. Speaking of good eats, we posted a great video that highlights the scrumptious Caribbean cuisine at Lolo’s Seafood Shack. Jacqueline Raposo of The Village Voice profiled Brenda Beener and her restaurant, Seasoned Vegan.


By the way, this is the last weekend to take in the Up Theater Company’s Dead of Winter play series at The Tabernacle Theater (551 Fort Washington Ave. at 185th St).


Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.


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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