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“If not now, when?” | Manhattan News

“If not now, when?” | Manhattan News

Vigil held to denounce racism Photos by Cristóbal Vivar They aren’t going away. A large contingent of community members gathered at Bennett Park in Washington Heights on Monday evening, August 14, for a rally against racism and xenophopia – and they pledged to gather as often as was necessary. The site has served in the […]


Uptown Tonight: Uptown Rally For Unity & Against Racism & Xenophobia

Uptown Tonight: Uptown Rally For Unity & Against Racism & Xenophobia

We have crossed the Rubicon. While we were horrified by the acts of domestic terrorism that took place this past weekend, we were not surprised. The coldly calculated violence is the logical conclusion of a Trump presidency. Trump has opened up a Pandora’s Box of xenophobia, hatred and intolerance and we are all paying the […]


Spread Love: Summer Meet & Greet Series

Spread Love: Summer Meet & Greet Series

Democracy is not a spectator sport. If the election and elevation of you know who to the Oval Office teaches us anything it is that elections matter. You are either at the table or on the menu. Apathy is not option. It never was, especially not now. With that said, The Barack Obama Democratic Club, […]


We Will Not Forget – A Tribute to Officer Miosotis Familia | Manhattan Times

We Will Not Forget - A Tribute to Officer Miosotis Familia | Manhattan Times

By State Senator Marisol Alcántara When I learned of the tragic death of Officer Miosotis Familia, I was heartbroken. She was a woman who lived her entire life in service of others and in service of the community. She worked for the Red Cross, she worked as a nurse, and for 12 years, she protected […]


A White Soundtrack in a Black Neighborhood | Eater

A White Soundtrack in a Black Neighborhood | Eater

How a change in the playlist can attract a different clientele by Michael Arceneaux I was drinking my day away at Harlem brunch spot the Grange — ask for a passionfruit Bellini and thank me later — when I looked around and wondered if I had been teleported to Williamsburg. The crowd here in Upper […]


All are welcome | Manhattan Times

All are welcome | Manhattan Times

By Oscar López Rivera I am very proud to be Puerto Rican, and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade leadership and friends inspire in me even more pride in my community, as it gets ready to provide a space for Puerto Ricans to come together and celebrate our culture, heritage and contributions to society. This […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Can I ask you a question?

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Can I ask you a question?

In the season finale of the podcast the crew looks back at their favorite moments of the season. Rachel has a bone to pick with Bago, Jaime entertains the vasectomy trend, Frank gives us the final fake news before the summer and San Antonio correspondent, Stephanie Guerra of blog, Pure Pinche, interviews Animator, Robert Gonzalez. […]


¡Presente! | Manhattan Times

¡Presente! | Manhattan Times

By Roberto Ramírez I am marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade because I am proud to be Puerto Rican. I am marching because my life, and that of my family in New York State, has been made possible by the many Puerto Ricans who came before me. Because Puerto Ricans arrived in this city, […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Planet Nibiru

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Planet Nibiru

On the latest episode of the Latinos Out Loud podcast, the crew talks tech, mice and fake news. The gang is joined by Tommy5K, IvanManito and Carlito’s Way of the Section 8 is Ballin’ Crew.


The Parade Polemic | Manhattan Times

The Parade Polemic | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen Some are opting out; others are doubling down. As sponsors and participants continue to pull out of this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, dozens of supporters staged a rally in Manhattan to support the parade’s controversial decision to honor Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera. “Agree or disagree with his […]


Running From, and Back To, Ralph Ellison’s Harlem | Village Voice

Running From, and Back To, Ralph Ellison’s Harlem | Village Voice

by Selin Thomas There are places so dense that they seem to contract into themselves to save room. Harlem is one of them, like a black hole of great and flexible darkness hiding mass unseen. Come winter, the effect is magnified so that even the most flamboyant parts are directed to intimate interiors: The yelling […]


05/22/17: Inwood NYC Planning Initiative Telephone Town Hall

05/22/17: Inwood NYC Planning Initiative Telephone Town Hall

The goal of Inwood NYC is to ensure that the area remains an affordable and attractive neighborhood for working families through efforts that include building affordable housing, preserving the neighborhood’s character, connecting residents to their waterfront, supporting small businesses, and improving infrastructure. On Monday, May 22, please join NYCEDC and Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez for a […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Crossing The Catwalk

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Crossing The Catwalk

In Episode 19 a crossing guard crosses the line with Rachel La Loca, Juan Bago jumps on the Romper craze, Jaime reveals his towel skirt secret and Jerry Diaz fills in for Frank with Fake News. Special guests include video producer Kat “Meoww” Lazo and director Guillermo Zouain.


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Rock The House

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Rock The House

In Episode 18 Juan Bago talks about his encounter with aggresive underground body odor, Rachel la Loca’s shares her near-death experience, Jaime dishes his “Bochinche Bites”, and Frank scares us (again) with Fake News. Their are TWO special guests this week, including the star of musical, “I Like it Like That”, Grizel “Chachi” Del Valle […]


Protesting Paul | Manhattan Times

Protesting Paul | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen They whaled on the rep from Wisconsin. Hundreds of protesters showed up to rail against House Speaker Paul Ryan as he visited a Success Academy Charter School in Harlem on Tues., May 9th. The agitated crowd outside Harlem 1, which serves students in grades kindergarten through fourth, fumed over […]


UPinion: This tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill threatens patients’ lives and entire communities | NY Daily News

UPinion: This tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill threatens patients’ lives and entire communities | NY Daily News

BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) While President Trump celebrated with GOP lawmakers at the White House after the House passed the Republican-backed health care bill, I could not help but feel a profound sense of disgust, anxiety and anger. Here were a bunch of mostly men who have access to the best health care in the […]


05/03/17: Led Black’s Social Media 101

05/03/17: Led Black's Social Media 101

LED BLACK’S SOCIAL MEDIA 101 Wed, May 3, 2017 – 6 pm to 8 pm CLOTH TECHNOLOGY CENTER (2113 B Amsterdam Ave @165 St) Social media has changed, literally, everything. It has toppled governments, upended regimes and cast much-needed light on atrocities across the globe. Events that take place halfway around the world are beamed […]


04/29/17: Harlem and the Future – Preserving Culture and Sustaining Historic Character

04/29/17: Harlem and the Future – Preserving Culture and Sustaining Historic Character

The 1st Uptown Preservation Conference – HARLEM AND THE FUTURE: PRESERVING CULTURE & SUSTAINING HISTORIC CHARACTER IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM City College of New York – Aronow Theatre Cost: $10 includes lunch and a walking tour. Free for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – A Magical Sweet 16

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – A Magical Sweet 16

Al Pacino, mice, magic and a perverse what would you rather intro. Need we say more. And oh yeah, illusionist Devonte Rosero. Check out all the insane antics below.


Rising in the Heights | Manhattan Times

Rising in the Heights | Manhattan Times

Photos by Emmanuel Abreu | Abreu Visuals “¡Trump escucha; estamos en la lucha!” Calling on President Donald Trump to “listen up,” thousands of immigrants and supporters took to the streets of Northern Manhattan on Sun., April 23, to voice opposition to the administration’s immigration policies. People of diverse ages and nationalities filled St. Nicholas Avenue […]


05/06/17: Heights Teach In – Uptown Unites For Justice

05/06/17: Heights Teach In - Uptown Unites For Justice

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Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – The Mandela Effect

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – The Mandela Effect

In episode 15, the crew discuss the Lala/Melo break up, Rachel’s epic showdown at the dog run and baby Instagram etiquette. Guest Milly Tamarez talks about the diversity in the improv/sketch world & what she is doing to improve it.


Progressives Look to Shield Undocumented Tenants From Landlords’ Deportation Threats | Observer

Progressives Look to Shield Undocumented Tenants From Landlords’ Deportation Threats | Observer

By Madina Toure State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a host of other left-leaning pols debuted a new handbook outlining protections for undocumented renters facing landlord harassment—a legal manual they called crucial given the “very hostile, very toxic” current climate for foreign nationals under President Donald Trump. The prosecutor’s office released new “Know Your Rights” guidance—available online—for […]


Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Nasal Rangering

Uptown Talk: Latinos Out Loud – Nasal Rangering

What is nasal rangering? Find out below as the Latinos Out Loud crew kick it with Berto Colón.

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