Uptown Culture

02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

02/26/17: The N-Word Goes On Trial @ The Apollo Theater

The Apollo collaborates with creator Kyle Bowser to present Apollo Uptown Hall- Trial By Jury: The Case of the N-Word, an interactive community conversation to investigate one of the most provocative, polarizing, and debated words in America. This dramatically staged program includes a fictional case and the audience serving as a jury to decide the […]


Photo Essay: The Beauty of Black Joy | Salon

Photo Essay: The Beauty of Black Joy | Salon

BY Peter Cooper I didn’t set out to find Black Joy, rather Black Joy found me I found it in the slight upward bend of a smile The moment right before and after a breath The spark in the eye Black Joy I found it when I went back for the photo that I almost […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


09/21/16: A Night At El Museo – Room 28 Invades El Barrio

09/21/16: A Night At El Museo - Room 28 Invades El Barrio

Oh snap, the really funny folks at Room 28 are taking their comedic talent to the venerable El Museo del Barrio on Wednesday, September 21st at 8pm. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Room 28 will be performing “A Collection of Fan Favorites,” highlighting some of their most popular live sketches, and a compilation of […]


The Loiza Festival – The Recap

The Loiza Festival – The Recap

Photography by Mario Carrion “That’s real commitment. These guys are staying put,” affirmed Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder and Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), one of the Festival’s presenters. She referred to the sea of umbrellas moving to the sound of drums at this year’s “Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a […]


Deeply Rooted – A Q&A With Elvis Nolasco

Deeply Rooted - A Q&A With Elvis Nolasco

Words: Led Black (@Led_Black) Video & Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) Elvis Nolasco is a man of the people. Despite the awards, the accolades and the acclaim Elvis remains someone who cares deeply about his craft, his culture and his community. Elvis first entered the public consciousness in 1994 when he was cast in I Like […]


The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Uptown Shakespeare in the Park

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Uptown Shakespeare in the Park

The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Uptown Shakespeare in the Park Macbeth Directed by Carl Cofield, Choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher featuring Ty Jones, Roslyn Ruff, and Elisa Monte Dance Preview Performances Friday, July 8, 2016, at 8:30 p.m. & Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 8 p.m. Opening Night Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 8 p.m. […]


Spread Love: The Afro-Latino Festival – July 8 thru 10

Spread Love: The Afro-Latino Festival - July 8 thru 10

The weekend of July 8 – 10 Schomburg Center / July 9 & 10: Bed-Stuy Restoration Center The AfroLatino Festival of New York celebrates the contributions that people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean have made to our city and the global culture as a whole. Now in its fourth year, the summer cultural event attracts a wide range of […]


05/09/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace – Josefina Baez

05/09/16: Origin Stories @ The United Palace - Josefina Baez

Josefina Baez Monday, May 9th 6:30pm doors, 7pm show Performance takes place in the Palace Foyer FREE with RSVP, seating limited to 100. Josefina Baez is a storyteller, ArteSana, performer, writer, theatre director, educator, devotee and founder and director of Ay Ombe Theatre (1986-2016). Quite simply she is a genre-bending Dominican dynamo. She is best […]


Spread Love: The UP Theater Company Presents An American Drum Circle

Spread Love: The UP Theater Company Presents An American Drum Circle

AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE May 5 – May 22 – Thursdays thru Sundays  The Tabernacle Theater (551 Fort Washington Ave.) A young woman and her Nigerian beau become entangled in a web of falsehood. God is the lure. Wealth is the bait. But it’s the family ties that bind. Get Tickets: Spread Love: The UP […]


Spread Love: Dead of Winter 2016

Spread Love: Dead of Winter 2016

4 Cold Sundays 7 Hot Plays January 10, 17, 24, 31 5:00 pm The Tabernacle Theater 551 Fort Washington Ave. (at 185)


12/13/15: The People’s Theatre Project Presents Winter Parranda

12/13/15: The People's Theatre Project Presents Winter Parranda

WINTER PARRANDA is People’s Theatre Project’s mid-season festival of new plays conceived, created and performed by the Circle Up and To Be Heard youth community actors. December 13, 2015 at 4pm – 6pm The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (54 Nagle Ave) For more info: www.PTP.nyc. We invite you to subscribe to […]


Uptown Theater Group Tackles Racism Facing Latinos in Latest Performance | DNAinfo

Uptown Theater Group Tackles Racism Facing Latinos in Latest Performance | DNAinfo

By Carolina Pichardo WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A new play created and performed by 13 “community actors” will put issues of racism facing Latinos Uptown at center stage this week. The People’s Theatre Project‘s new performance, “Better Than You,” acts as a tool for participants to rehearse for real-life events and brainstorm solutions to certain problems, organizers said. During the […]


7/12/15: Up Theater Company Presents Tartuffe in Bruce’s Garden

7/12/15: Up Theater Company Presents Tartuffe in Bruce's Garden

TARTUFFE in Bruce’s Garden Isham Park @ Park Terrace East Sunday, July 12th @ 5pm Bring a lawn chair to Bruce’s Garden in Isham Park as UP Theater Company presents a staged reading of Molière’s TARTUFFE Adapted by UP Artistic Director, James Bosley and directed by Laura Fois. FREE! Refreshments following in Bruce’s Garden


The Tempest Comes To Harlem

The Tempest Comes To Harlem

The Classical Theatre of Harlem latest’s production, The Tempest, has an uncanny knack for timing. The play remixes the classic Shakespearean opus and references the island of Hispaniola as Prospero’s magical island. Hispaniola, which is home to both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is currently undergoing some major drama of its own. The Tempest’s highlighting of […]


Spread Love: The Higher Ground Festival Goes Down On June 27th

Spread Love: The Higher Ground Festival Goes Down On June 27th

That’s right people. The moment we have all been waiting for is almost upon us. The Higher Ground Festival goes down on Saturday, June 27th from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Higher Ground Festival brings Washington Heights and Inwood artists together to network and experiment with interdisciplinary collaborations premiered locally; simultaneously celebrating the neighborhood […]


‘Voodoo,’ an Opera from the Harlem Renaissance, Gets Its First Revival | Wall Street Journal

‘Voodoo,’ an Opera from the Harlem Renaissance, Gets Its First Revival  | Wall Street Journal

By Andy Beta Last Friday, at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem, a soaring soprano voice pierced the quietude, strong enough to be heard inside and outside the building. In a small rehearsal space upstairs from the main sanctuary, eight singers, a pianist and Dr. Gregory Hopkins, conductor and artistic director for Harlem Opera […]


Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway’s ‘In The Heights,’ to receive Puerto Rican Day Parade ‘Pride’ award | NY Daily News

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway’s ‘In The Heights,’ to receive Puerto Rican Day Parade ‘Pride’ award | NY Daily News

BY Erica Y. Lopez | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS VIVA Lin-Manuel Miranda is on fire – again. The creator and star of the Broadway smash success “In the Heights” and the Broadway-bound “Hamilton” will receive the Nuestro Orgullo award during this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. He is one of two Puerto Rican theater stars […]


Historian Sheds Light on Harlem’s Gay Past | DNAinfo

Historian Sheds Light on Harlem's Gay Past | DNAinfo

By Gustavo Solis HARLEM — The term “Harlem Renaissance,” which captured the social, cultural and artistic tidal wave that catapulted the area to international recognition in the 1930s was coined by Alain LeRoy Locke, a gay man who was not only a professor at Howard University but became the first African-American to be named a […]


6/16/15: The People Storm the Palace

6/16/15: The People Storm the Palace

The People will storm the palace on Tuesday, June 16th. The People’s Theatre Project annual benefit will honor Zabryna Guevara and Monica Klehr. The event will be hosted by Michael (Juan Bago) Diaz and Mino Lora and will feature the People’s Theatre Project’s inter-generational community actors performing highlights from the 2014 – 2015 season of […]


Dance/NYC Celebrates Dance Uptown

Dance/NYC Celebrates Dance Uptown

Dance/NYC, dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan area, is showing love to Uptown with it’s NEW YORKERS FOR DANCE campaign spotlighting local residents, community leaders, and artists in Upper Manhattan. This is the latest in a video series by Dance/NYC that celebrates dance’s role in advancing local […]


Epic Poetry – The Review

Epic Poetry – The Review

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Since time immemorial, the higher classes have sent those from the lower rungs of society to distant locales to wage wars for land, gold and glory. It has always been thus. For those at the top, war is a no-brainer. It is the gift that keeps on giving. War begets unity, […]

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