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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 Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy)

Drove for the first time in a foreign country.

Kissed a girl and soon after she asked me about helping her with a visa to come to the US.

Tasted the difference between American and Dominican Cherries, Pineapples, and other fruits.

Discovered that my cousin is a master chef and should be shipped to NYC to open a restaurant.

Got pulled over by cops with no i.d. whatsoever and found out that my uncle has more power in DR than I thought.

Drove drunk for the first and last time.

Saw more greenery than the Federal Reserve.

Saw stars, and stars, and stars, and more stars.

Saw my first waterfall.

Was called “the media” by many people because of my camera.

Was stopped in the street many times to ask about my camera.

Dominicans posed for me before even raising my camera.

Figured out that these poor starving and abused dogs commercials have nothing on the dogs from DR.

Pleasantly surprised to find out that homosexuality is way more accepted in DR than here.

Wi-Fi is a HUGE luxury.

The poorest of people still have cellphones.

The poorest of people still have Facebook.

Girls don’t ask for numbers, they ask for Facebooks.

Santiago’s airport needs an overhaul with the staff.

Drivers are insane, truly, truly insane especially in Santiago.

Crime is apparently really bad, and that’s all I heard on the radio, thank God I didn’t experience any of it.

The music is getting worse every time I hear a new song.

Drinks are super cheap.

People are super friendly.

Dominicans in New York throw trash everywhere. Dominicans in DR…. don’t. Where did we go wrong?

DR in one word – Neato!

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Q. What are some of the things you love about living Uptown?

A: The feeling of being family is what I love about living Uptown. Everyone looks out for one another. Even if they are strangers, they consider themselves family. It is a blessing to be Dominican and living in Washington Heights. It’s home, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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Photography by Briana E. Heard

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Photography by Ruben Henriquez (@WHRP_Ruben)

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SEED
A New Play by Radha Blank
Directed by Niegel Smith

Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to leave the field on a high note, with a book detailing her career, but when Chee-Chee, a gifted twelve-year-old from the ‘projects’ collides into her life, she’s forced to confront his young mother and the shadows of her past. Anne and Chee-Chee develop an unlikely friendship that leads to an explosive encounter threatening both their futures.

Infused with the vibrant rhythm and verse of Hip-Hop culture, Seed weaves through the fault lines of a gentrified Harlem, begging the question: How far are you willing to go to protect the future of a community and its children?

“The questions this play asks about race, social status, education, and family make it an important piece of theater.” -BACKSTAGE CRITIC’S PICK

“This masterpiece of theater explores, challenges, and provokes us to take some action” -NYTHEATER.COM

“the play illuminates the role of race, class, religion, the meaning of friendship and the breakdown of the nuclear family within the urban Black community in a realistic and insightful…manner.” -DOMINION OF NEW YORK

Site: http://seedtheplay.com/

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