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Op-Led: Si Votamos, Ganamos – Awakening the Sleeping Giant That is the Latino Vote

Op-Led: Si Votamos, Ganamos – Awakening the Sleeping Giant That is the Latino Vote

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) “Latinos for Republicans – it’s like roaches for raid.” – John Leguizamo We are the new America. We are what tomorrow looks like. Nothing can stop us but ourselves. We are the proverbial 800-pound-gorilla in the room, the demographic time bomb. Tick, tick, tick… Jay-Z famously said “men lie, women lie, […]


These Brothers Are Working to Help You Commute Without a MetroCard | DNAinfo

These Brothers Are Working to Help You Commute Without a MetroCard | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Born and raised in Washington Heights, brothers Roger and Jeff Flores know a thing or two about riding buses and subways. After years of trying to rush out of the house to catch a bus without knowing which loose MetroCard still had a balance — or going to a kiosk to refill them only to discover the […]


Spread Love: Harlem Tech Week – November 1 – 6, 2016

Spread Love: Harlem Tech Week – November 1 – 6, 2016

Harlem Tech Week is NYC’s largest diverse tech community conference. The HTW conference and expo supports under-resourced small businesses and entrepreneurs to excel and succeed in tech. HTW consists of a career fair, educational tech panels as well as PITCHNADO, an Investor-Startup Pitch Meetup. For more info: http://harlemtechweek.org/ We invite you to subscribe to the […]


This Woman Wants to Run Harlem’s First Billion-Dollar Tech Company | Next City

This Woman Wants to Run Harlem’s First Billion-Dollar Tech Company | Next City

By Oscar Perry Abello It was about a year ago this month that a group of venture capital investors first walked into the doors of Uncharted Play, expecting to hear a pitch. The company creates innovative energy-generating play products that provide a source of clean energy to communities around the world: a soccer ball that […]


Ticked off on Thayer | Manhattan Times

Ticked off on Thayer | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen He’s a “bad apple.” The landlord of 78-86 Thayer Street in Inwood is driving his rent regulated tenants out of the property and has kept over 30 apartments vacant, according to residents and elected officials. City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez and State Senator Adriano Espaillat joined Democratic nominee for State […]


About Last Night – The UC Revue @ United Palace

About Last Night – The UC Revue @ United Palace

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) Sometimes you are involved with something truly extraordinary but you don’t completely register its importance until the next day when you have had the time to reflect. That is how I am feeling right now. What I have been envisioning for quite some time was made manifest […]


Meet Willie Morgan – the man who grows cotton in Harlem to teach kids about slavery | The Independent

Meet Willie Morgan – the man who grows cotton in Harlem to teach kids about slavery  | The Independent

BY Andrew Buncombe (@AndrewBuncombe) The soil in Willie Morgan’s Harlem gardening plot is nothing compared to that back home in his native Georgia. But it is fertile enough for him to grow more than a dozen vegetables – collard greens and okra, onions and stevia. To one side, he even has a peach tree that in […]


He’s about to be the first Dominican American elected to Congress. And he was once undocumented. | Fusion

He’s about to be the first Dominican American elected to Congress. And he was once undocumented. | Fusion

By Caitlin Cruz One of the first things New York State Sen. Adriano Espaillat remembers from coming to America at 9 years old was the lights. He, his brother and his mother landed in New York from Santiago, Dominican Republic, at night and they were mesmerized by the December snow and the lights. “What was […]


Home Is Where The Spirit Is – A Q&A With Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Home Is Where The Spirit Is – A Q&A With Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) For over 40 years Dr. Marta Moreno Vega has been on the front-lines of highlighting, defining and shaping Afro-Latino identity both in the United States and abroad. She has dedicated her life to telling the story of the African Diaspora and celebrating the legacy and brilliance of African people. To that […]


Can Affordable Housing Activists Save New York? | The American Prospect

Can Affordable Housing Activists Save New York? | The American Prospect

BY Rebecca Nathanson In the working-class Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood, community organizers who beat back plans for a high-rise luxury apartment building are taking their affordable housing campaign city-wide. Joe Vazquez was leaving mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs church one Sunday in June when a stranger handed him a flyer for a community […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: Reawaken Wonder @ The United Palace

Indiegogo Spotlight: Reawaken Wonder @ The United Palace

A Word From The United Palace Overview We believe in the magic of moviegoing. Sure, you can watch any movie, anytime at home or on your phone. But that is not going to a movie. It’s different at our 86-year-old theatre. breathtaking architecture. Pre- and post-show entertainment. An audience that often dresses in costume. And […]


Fans Surprise Lin-Manuel Miranda With Goodbye Card as he Departs to London | DNAinfo

Fans Surprise Lin-Manuel Miranda With Goodbye Card as he Departs to London | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo Well, goodbye, Gov’ner. Over a thousand fans traveled from as far as Pennsylvania on Sunday evening to bid bon voyage to award-winning actor, playwright and Inwood native, Lin-Manuel Miranda — who hosted Sunday night’s screening of Disney’s original “Mary Poppins” at the United Palace Theatre as he prepares to move to London […]


CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

CCCADI Opens Doors to its New Historic Location

Photography: Rex Desrosiers Yesterday evening, elected officials and around 250 VIP guests came together to kick off this weekend’s grand-opening celebration of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute’s (CCCADI) new historic location, the Firehouse on 120 E. 125th St. The highly anticipated opening comes after CCCADI’s 40 years of notable social justice work in […]


Indiegogo Spotlight: La Galería Magazine

Indiegogo Spotlight: La Galería Magazine

A Word From La Galería Magazine Founded in 2014 by three Dominican Afro-Latina feminists, La Galería Magazine is an unaffiliated independent grassroots magazine fighting to give a voice to Dominicans in the diaspora and take back our stories. We are committed to staying independent and write opinion pieces that are anti-oppressive and that continue connecting […]


10/24/16: The UC Revue @ United Palace

10/24/16: The UC Revue @ United Palace

The UC Revue @ United Palace Ft. Audubon – Tess – April Oneill United Palace (4140 BWAY @ 175th) Monday, October 24th – Doors Open 6 pm In our never ending quest to spread Uptown Love, we are proud to present the very first installment of The UC Revue at the magnificent United Palace on […]


NYC Rapper Audubon Explains Feeling ‘Exiled’ On New Mixtape | Vibe

NYC Rapper Audubon Explains Feeling ‘Exiled’ On New Mixtape | Vibe

BY Tony Centeno Jonathan “Audubon” Perez, former star of MTV’s Washington Heights, recently made the big move to Miami and, with an upcoming mixtape, reflects on his new life an as “exiled” New Yorker. After releasing Le Trap Affair last year, boasting production from “Cuffing Season” beat maker Sonaro, Audubon found himself craving new vibes and fresh inspiration before taking his Big Apple […]


Uptown Video: Lin-Manuel Spreads Uptown Love On SNL

Uptown Video: Lin-Manuel Spreads Uptown Love On SNL

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Don’t get it twisted I still have not forgiven SNL and NBC for humanizing and legitimizing a racist demagogue like Donald Trump a few months ago. But Lin-Manuel Miranda’s opening monologue on SNL was one of the best in recent memory. Not to mention that Lin gave Washington Heights a sweet […]


On the Streets of Harlem, a Sense of ‘Erase and Replace’ | NY Times

On the Streets of Harlem, a Sense of ‘Erase and Replace’ | NY Times

By Maurice Berger Dawoud Bey’s large-scale color photographs of Harlem vividly document a bustling and rapidly transforming neighborhood: a verdant Marcus Garvey Park; construction sites popping up for more luxury housing; street vendors hawking hats and used clothing; posters of black women’s hairstyles in the window of a hair weave distributor adjacent to a vacant […]



Read This Inwood Man’s Blistering Response To Neighbor’s ‘Mind Your Manners’ Note | Gothamist

Read This Inwood Man's Blistering Response To Neighbor's 'Mind Your Manners' Note | Gothamist

by Gaby Del Valle Noise disputes are not news in NYC, but every once in a while an angry tiff between neighbors catches fire in the wider world of social media, especially when the situation inflames tensions over race and gentrification. An Inwood man’s impassioned letter responding to his neighbor’s noise complaint has done just […]


Ava DuVernay’s 13th Reframes American History | The Atlantic

Ava DuVernay's 13th Reframes American History | The Atlantic

BY Juleyka Lantigua-Williams Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them. Many […]


Spread Love: CCCADI’s Grand Opening Weekend Celebration – October 15th & 16th

Spread Love: CCCADI's Grand Opening Weekend Celebration - October 15th & 16th

The indispensable Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is celebrating their new digs with a grand opening experience taking place over the course of 2 days, October 15th & 16th. Please join them in making history as they establish the center in the heart of El Barrio. There will be an inaugural 3-part exhibition […]


Say Word: #Ham4Vote – Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Cast Of Hamilton Stand Up For Voting

Say Word: #Ham4Vote – Lin-Manuel Miranda & The Cast Of Hamilton Stand Up For Voting

Uptown wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda recently put together a sweet set of PSA’s urging people to get out there and vote this November. “As the nation gears for one of the most decisive elections in its history, we are proud to highlight the importance and power of democracy in building a nation. For most Americans, the room where […]