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BY Led BlackThe Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (3940 Broadway) will be celebrating what would have been Malcolm’s 85th birthday on Wednesday, May 19th at 7 PM with Gregory Reed as keynote speaker, discussing the three unpublished chapters from the Autobiography of Malcolm X, which he acquired from the Estate of Alex Haley. This will be the first time the chapters have been discussed in public. William A. Haley, son of Alex Haley, and other notables will be in attendance. The late Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21st, 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom on 165th Street and Broadway.

Check out the Shabazz Center site: www.theshabazzcenter.net/

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BY Led BlackThe Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article with accompanying video and slideshow on how Dominican salons are making serious inroads into the monopoly that African-American salons have when it comes to styling and straightening black women’s hair. Dominican salons are sprouting up all across the country and siphoning off customers away from more established black salons. That phenomenon first began in good old Uptown, where there is literally a Dominican salon on every block. Black women in NYC have been patronizing these spots for a long time now.

Check out the WSJ article: www.online.wsj.com/

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Okay, here is the good news – Uptown Collective member, M. Tony Peralta, has another smash on his hands. Due to the popularity of his earlier collaboration with the good folks at Good Wood (makers of super amazing custom wood jewelry), Good Wood has released a sinister all black version of the Freedom piece. Now for the bad news, this-one-of-a-kind item is completely sold out on the Good Wood site and there are only a few left on the Peralta Project site. Good Wood has also released another design by M. Tony entitled Love and Respect. Like we said earlier, this is the second collaboration between Good Wood and M. Tony Peralta, which speaks volume about the value that Good Wood sees in M. Tony Peralta’s work. Both designs were originally seen on tees on trendsetters across the globe but work equally as well as the beautiful works of art that Good Wood produces.

Check out the Peralta Project: www.theprojectshop.net/

Check out Good Wood’s site: www.goodwoodnyc.com/

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BY Led Black

That’s right folks, thanks to the Guggenheim’s forward-thinking Learning Through Art program, art created by elementary students from our very own Public School 28 among other NYC schools is on display at the Guggenheim until June 10. “A Year with Children 2010: Selected Works from Learning Through Art” is an annual exhibition showcasing the works of public school students. Learning Through Art “places professional teaching artists into New York City public elementary schools, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop art projects that teach students art skills and techniques, and explore ideas and themes related to the school curriculum.”

Check out the Daily News Article: www.nydailynews.com/

Check out the Learning Through Art site: www.learningthroughart.org/

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AN OPEN LETTER TO MY IPAD

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

The waiting has not been in vain. Since I brought you home last night, I can’t stop touching you. Sometimes when you’re in sleep mode, I’ll just stare at you and marvel at your beauty. Not even wanting to bother your sleek sexiness.

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BY Led Black

The City Room section of the New York Times recently ran a profile on Inwood street artist, Enrico Miguel Thomas. You can usually find Enrico at 72nd street and Broadway, hard at work capturing the hustle and bustle of rush hour. Armed with only a sharpie and a subway map, this artist manages to make magic. Mr. Thomas had an open studio earlier this month in his workspace at Screwball Spaces, 183 Lorraine Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn. According to the article, some of his work has also graced the walls of our beloved Indian Road Cafe.

Check out the full article: www.cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/

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We found this YouTube clip of how Washington Heights looked in the days of yesteryear. The Funny thing is that in many ways the neighborhood has not changed. It is still a place where people come from all over the world to begin chipping away at the American Dream.

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