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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Students from the Life Academy High School for Film & Music put together this infectious short film that was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival. The short is about a group of kids who go in search of Dominican culture and history and find it Uptown. Check it out, it really is quite an impressive feat for such young talent – it warms the heart. Like I’ve said before on many occasions, the future is ours to shape.

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Many thanks to Saundi Wilson for an excellent piece on the Uptown Collective in the Examiner.  The article neatly summed up our mission, our hustle and our reason for being.

Check out the full article here: www.examiner.com/UC

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BY Carolina Pichardo

There are certain moments and events that make you reconsider living Uptown.  Such as the summer season, which is when everyone and their mother with their mother come out to walk around and crowd the streets.  Then there’s also the Yankees and Boston’s winning seasons, blackouts, and let’s not forget (although we try) Halloween.

But there are some nice moments too. (more…)

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BY Led Black

That’s right folks; starting today, the viral revolution that we call the Uptown Collective is now also in print thanks to the invaluable and ubiquitous Manhattan Times.  The Uptown Collective will now appear in the Manhattan Times on a weekly basis with a Recap of the prior week’s content.  This is a big deal, so make sure you pick up a copy of the Manhattan Times.  The icing on the Dominican cake is that Uptown Collective member, M. Tony Peralta’s new t-shirt collection, Uptown Local, was featured in the Shhhh section of the paper as well.  They also mentioned UC stalwarts Republica Trading Company, Nostylgia and Probus.

Check them out: www.manhattantimesnews.com/

Check out the UC Recap: www.manhattantimesnews.com/uc-recap/

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By Led Black

Look what the cat dragged in.  Lou Dobbs who played a significant early role in fomenting the xenophobia which gave impetus to the Tea Party crowd as well as laying the groundwork for the disgusting and heavy-handed new immigration law in Arizona, showed up in Washington Heights of all places.  The Wall Street Journal reported that the one-time CNN anchor is eyeing a Senate run in his home state of New Jersey in 2012 and is looking to re-invent his image – ala Madonna, so he made an appearance at the Manhattan Christian Academy at 401 West 205th street.  No way Jose – I am all for comprehensive Immigration reform which is definitely needed but the scapegoating and race-baiting that this man routinely took part in has no place in the discussion anymore.  He once referred to Mexicans as an “Army of invaders” and was also instrumental in pushing the Birther canard that President Obama was not really a citizen of this country.

For more info: www.online.wsj.com/

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BY Carolina Pichardo  
 
 
You would think that Washington Heights would get the red carpet treatment after all the commotion that the city made about us having the highest Census return rate.  Instead, it seems like we’re getting the same budget cuts and politics here as everywhere else. According to the offices of Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez, Elizabeth Crowley and Robert Jackson, one of our fire companies is in danger of closing.  Although it’s not clear whether Washington Heights’ Engine 93 is one of the 20 companies slated to be closed in June due to Bloomberg’s proposed budget, our firemen and district officials felt the need to ensure that this does not happen here (the rally was just one of several others throughout the city). City reports and statistics claim that this specific firehouse is one of the busiest companies, responding to emergencies in top-spots like Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and the George Washington Bridge.

It was all very energetic and exciting to see this meeting in action, with all the firemen supporting each other and the top honchos there, including Community Board Chair Pamela Palanque-North. But I’ll be honest with you. I was sort of hoping for Sharpton or Governor Paterson to pop out somewhere in the background and spice things up. In my book, rallies, protests, gatherings, little league games, picnics, my cousin’s wedding are synonymous with their [image]. Then again, that could just be the too New Yorker, pessimistic side of me at it again.

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BY Led Black

We did it Uptown.  We have now crossed the Rubicon – this is our 100th post.  Going forward, we will continue to provide only the coolest, most cutting-edge, most relevant content on this truly vibrant community that we call home.  Uptown is in our blood.  Uptown is the hometown of hustle and we are its hometown heroes.  We would not have made to this point without the vision, faith and tenacity of Leopold, M. Tony Peralta and Rafael (R).  Many thanks go out to our contributors who have worked tirelessly to widen the range and scope of this endeavor – Carolina Pichardo, Briana E. Heard and Oscar Monte De Oca.  In the coming days, we will be adding a handful of new and exciting voices to the mix – so stay tuned.  Also, it is imperative that we highlight the early support that we received from the good folks at La Sala 78 (Jose Morales and Jimmy Ortega), Bodre Cut and Color Room (Hector Bodre) and La Pregunta (Yscaira Jimenez).  Last but not least, we cannot fail to mention our readers, the people that hit up our site on a daily basis, that tell their friends about us, that let us know that we are filling a void – many, many thanks.  At the end of the day, this is not our site – this is yours.  The future looks bright and it is ours to shape.  With all that said, come and celebrate the launch of this site as well as this important milestone tonight from 6 PM until whenever at one of our favorite haunts, Locksmith Bar (4463 Broadway – between 190th and 192nd street).

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