Uptown Car Talk: The 2016 Lincoln MKX

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

2016 Lincoln MKX - Led Black

Car enthusiasts have been making note of the reemergence of an ascendant Lincoln. Lincolns are once again redefining luxury, class and refinement. Enter the brand new 2016 MKX. The new MKX, like the entire line of Lincoln automobiles, exudes a quiet luxury that is deeply embedded in the Lincoln experience. From the moment you approach the vehicle you understand on a cellular level that this is more than just a car, it is a philosophy, a state of mind! This is luxury that resonates.

Besides all the incredible tech features such as hands-free adjustable liftgate, the 360-degree camera system as well as the Lincoln Mobile App, the feature that has me the most enthused is the Revel Audio System. Lincoln is the only car manufacturer that offers the next-generation, multi-dimensional surround sound system. By the way, the Retractable Panoramic Roof is a thing of sheer beauty!

Thanks to the good folks at Lincoln, I will be taking one on an extended test drive for the weekend. With that being said, since all my cars are females I have christened my Chroma Light Brown MKX Bella. Follow me on social media to stay up with all the trouble that Bella and I get into Uptown.

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker kicks off a 12-city tour with two shows at the United Palace


Last year “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” was an experiment – how would audiences respond to hip hop dance being performed to Tchaikovsky’s famous score? But after 5,000 audience members attended two shows at the United Palace in Washington Heights and two sold out shows at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, it was clear that the metropolitan area had another hit holiday show on its hands.

The press loved it, too. Time Out New York called it “a classic rebooted.” CBS News said it “turns Tchaikovsky on his head in the coolest possible way.” And Elle magazine summed it up as “A truly one-of-a-kind experience, filled with high-powered choreography and a very modern storyline.”

On November 20 and 21 “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” returns to the United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th Street) to kick off a 12-city tour, including Miami, Atlanta, St. Paul, Charleston, Charlotte, and Moscow, Russia.


En Tu Esquina Con Ford: Mamasushi

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Mamasushi - Platter

What do you get when you combine Latino cuisine with Japanese cuisine? The answer is Mamasushi. Mamasushi is belting out some serious delicious sushi with Latino flair. Mamasushi is my newest obsession. While they serve traditional sushi rolls the ones that I am addicted to are the ones that boast Latino ingredients such as plantains, fried cheese and longaniza (Dominican sausage). The Mamasushi roll with chicken tempura, bacon and sweet plantains is quite simply a revelation. By the way, don’t miss the outstanding cocktails. Thank me later.

See below for the first installment of La Esquina Con Ford featuring Mamasushi. Elizabeth Ortiz and I produced the video and Emmanuel Abreu deftly executed the shooting, editing and sound. Enjoy!


Uptown Tonight: The Led Black Book Club Ft. A.J. Sidransky

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)


Tonight is the night folks. Please come out to Word Up Books (2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th) at 7 pm for a deep dive with local novelist A.J. Sidransky into his latest book, Forgiving Mariela Camacho. The book is an engrossing read that is partially set in Washington Heights. Seriously, you will not put this down until it is consumed whole. Please come out and show your support. The event is free and I promise will be a lot of fun.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1167806069901896/

Check out: Forgiving Mariela Camacho: 7 Questions With A.J. Sidransky


Uptown Video: Room 28 – Friend Zone App

ROOM 28 presents an app that will finally take you out of the friend zone.

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It’s Official: Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Genius!

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

In The Heights - Lin-Manuel Miranda - Washington Heights - United Palace

(Photo: Paul Lomax)

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius! Before you call me Captain Obvious, I know that he has shook up Broadway not once but twice. First with In The Heights and now with Hamilton but the prestigious MacArthur Foundation has chosen Lin-Manuel as one of 24 illustrious people selected to the 2015 class of fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, which are known as “genius grants,” come with a no strings attached stipend of $625,000 over five years. Congratulations yet again to our hometown hero!


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