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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy)

This past weekend, Uptown had the honor of kicking off the national Latin Grammy Street Party Tour at our very own Inwood Hill Park. The neighborhood came out in droves to take part in this celebration of Latino music, culture and heritage. Some heavyweight entertainers such as Los Hermanos Rosario, Eddy Herrera and Delexilio among others came out to raucous support and applause. To scan the crowd was to see folks of all ages having an old fashioned great time.

It is only fitting that this event would take place in what Remezcla has dubbed “the current center of the Latin world.” I have been saying this for quite some time; Washington Heights is a Latino Mecca. This community is experiencing a resurgence, that I have dubbed the “Uptown Renaissance”, that is being led in large part by the very people that grew up here, the sons and daughters of the very same immigrants that came here from distant shores decades ago. To see the outside world finally starting to realize that is a welcome validation indeed. Long live the Latin Grammy Street Party; we hope to see you next year.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

The folks at Higher Level Tattoo are at it once again, with another stellar comedy showcase set to go down at El Morocco (3534 Broadway – Corner of 145th St) on Friday, October 7th. My good friend and one of the hardest working and most talented comedians/actors out there, Ruperto Vanderpool will be doing his thing alongside Edgar Rivera, Alton Coleman, Miguel “Chandon” Sanchez and Steve Dac. With the super hilarious Tommy 5000 rounding out this amazing line up and holding it down as host. Comedy Uptown on a big stage – you don’t want to miss it. Get your tickets before they are all gone because that won’t be funny. See you there.

For more info: http://www.higherleveltattoo.com/

Check out: The Higher Level Stand-Up Comedy Showcase – The Recap

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Photo: Briana E. Heard

Click here for more of Briana E. Heard’s pictures of last year’s festival.

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Photography by Ruben Henriquez (@WHRP_Ruben)

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RH TV: Who is Bobbito Garcia? from Ruby Hornet on Vimeo.

Oveous Maximus on Africology from Africology on Vimeo.

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Join Mireya Navarro, New York Times journalist in a conversation with Esmeralda Santiago about her new book Conquistadora. Bear witness to an evening of memories, tales and experiences about the task of writing an epic novel of love, discovery and adventure by the author of the best-selling memoir When I Was Puerto Rican.

About this Book:

As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de León. And in handsome twin brothers Ramón and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she finds a way to get there. She marries Ramón, and in 1844, just eighteen, she travels across the ocean to a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited on the island.

Even as she relishes the challenge of running Hacienda los Gemelos, Ana faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation amidst the dangers of the untamed countryside, When the Civil War breaks out in the United States, Ana finds her livelihood threatened by the very people on whose backs her wealth has been built: the hacienda’s slaves, whose richly drawn stories unfold alongside her own. Once Ana falls for a man who may be her destiny—a once-forbidden love—she will sacrifice nearly everything to keep hold of the land that has become her true home.

This is a sensual, riveting tale, set in a place where human passions and cruelties collide. Historical fiction at its finest, this narrative has never before been brought so vividly and unforgettably to life.

Space is limited. RSVP is required.

RSVP HOLDERS: Please note that reservations do not guarantee access. We ask that you please arrive to El Teatro with a printed reservation by 6:15pm, as RSVP benefits are only held until 15 minutes prior to showtime. After said time guests will be admitted on a first come, first served basis.

For more info: Author Talks | El Museo del Barrio New York.

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