Posts Tagged ‘OP-Led’

Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

Op-Led: I Love You Bruh… An Open Letter To America’s Last President

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Pete Souza “I. Am. Not. Ready…. I am not ready for a new one…. “ I am starting to feel just like that adorable little black girl who completely and utterly loses it once she realizes that Barack Obama will no longer be president. It was way back in […]


1/12/16: 2016 State of the Union Uptown Watch Party

1/12/16: 2016 State of the Union Uptown Watch Party

Join your Uptown neighbors, the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan, the Northern Manhattan Democrats for A Change and the Tioga Carver Democratic Club to watch President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union Address as President of the United States. President Obama intends to be a president of consequence until his last days […]


EXCLUSIVE: Detective who killed Inwood man in 2011 used lethal force before | NY Daily News

EXCLUSIVE: Detective who killed Inwood man in 2011 used lethal force before | NY Daily News

BY Rocco Parascandola | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS NYPD Narcotics Detective James Connolly’s fatal 2011 shooting of Amarilis Collado’s husband was not the first time the city cop killed a man. Four years later, the grieving widow still wants to know why Connolly was working the street after a previous on-duty slaying. “I don’t understand […]


Time Travel Tuesdays: A Race Lost, but a Bit of Lace Reveals a Latin Future | NY Times

Time Travel Tuesdays: A Race Lost, but a Bit of Lace Reveals a Latin Future | NY Times

By RICHARD MORGAN Published: September 18, 2005 IN Washington Heights, 71 percent of New Yorkers are Latino – almost triple the citywide percentage. It’s a place where a car with tinted windows, hopping on its hydraulics down St. Nicholas Avenue, is more likely to be blaring Juanes than 50 Cent. The neighborhood wasn’t always so […]


Uptown Votes: It’s Time To Get Your Vote On

Uptown Votes: It's Time To Get Your Vote On

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) That’s right people; today is the day we make our voice heard. You have no reason not to vote and a plethora of reasons to vote. Too many people have suffered, fought and lost their lives for you to worship at the alter of apathy. At this very moment, their are […]


The Renters’ March In Pictures

The Renters' March In Pictures

By Michael Palma


Op-Led: Join The Renters’ March On Saturday, October 25th

Op-Led: Join The Renters' March On Saturday, October 25th

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) That’s right people, tomorrow a coalition of housing and tenant activists from across the city will gather Uptown for a march from Harlem to Washington Heights. The route chosen marks the largest concentration of rent-regulated apartments in all of New York City, which underscores the importance of ensuring your voices are […]


President Obama surprises Bronx mom at lunch during Working Families summit | NY Daily News

President Obama surprises Bronx mom at lunch during Working Families summit | NY Daily News

BY Dan Friedman | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON – Shirley Young, a nurse from the Bronx, was invited to lunch in the capital Monday, but she had no idea President Obama would be sitting next to her in Chipotle. A single mother who works at the Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights, Young was […]


Lighting it up | Manhattan Times

Lighting it up | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi A new independent documentary about fireworks is sparking controversy. Filmmakers Jonathan Ullman and Led Black chronicled Northern Manhattan’s most explosive night—July 4th. Last summer, when they were working on their feature length documentary, Nutcracker, people told them to come back with their cameras and capture something really memorable. The next night […]


Annual Upper Manhattan fireworks spectacular stars in new short film | NY Daily News

Annual Upper Manhattan fireworks spectacular stars in new short film | NY Daily News

BY Michael J. Feeney | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Every year in Inwood, people take to the streets to shoot off sky-high fireworks as their neighbors look on in awe. It’s a Fourth of July tradition in the neighborhood, and it’s getting a new life on film. A Washington Heights filmmaker will premiere his new […]


The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Independence Day 2013; the Nutcracker Films crew was on hand in the Dyckman area to capture and document the magic and moxie of the 4th of July celebrations Uptown. We put together an incredible team of talented, young and local cinematographers that included Emmanuel “DJ Boy” Abreu, Emil Baez, Jose “Lozer […]


Estiven Rodríguez: from Washington Heights to the White House | Voices of NY

Estiven Rodríguez: from Washington Heights to the White House | Voices of NY

By José Acosta  | Via El Diario La Prensa Translated by Emily Leavitt  from Spanish At the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), there is a sign that says: “Being bilingual opens the door to a better future. You can give students the key.” That key was the one given to Estiven Rodríguez, a 17-year-old […]


President Obama Highlights Washington Heights Teen in State of the Union | NBC News

President Obama Highlights Washington Heights Teen in State of the Union | NBC News

President Obama featured a Washington Heights teen in his State of the Union address Tuesday, lauding him as an example of an immigrant child who overcame challenges and is on his way to college. Estiven Rodriguez was a guest of first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union. He came to the U.S. […]


Harlem ninth-grader bowls over Obama with precocious introduction preceding White House ceremony | NY Daily News

Harlem ninth-grader bowls over Obama with precocious introduction preceding White House ceremony | NY Daily News

By Dan Friedman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON — Harlem ninth-grader Kiara Molina gave President Obama what he called “one of the best introductions I’ve ever had,” at a White House event Thursday announcing five struggling areas designated as “Promise Zones” eligible for tax breaks and other aid. Molina has attended the Harlem Children’s […]


And The Congregation Says…

And The Congregation Says…

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) I can think of no better way to start off the New Year on this site than with the stirring poem delivered by New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Ramya Ramana, at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration ceremony. The poem, simply entitled “New York City”, is a poignant, powerful and lyrical […]


The Top 10 Posts of 2013

The Top 10 Posts of 2013

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Let’s get right to it people. Here are the Top 10 Posts of 2013.


Op-LED: The King Is No More – An Open Letter To Mike Bloomberg

Op-LED: The King Is No More - An Open Letter To Mike Bloomberg

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Good Riddance Mike Bloomberg! I am SOOOOOO happy that you will no longer be the Mayor of this great city. You have no idea. I REALLY MEAN THAT! (All caps on purpose – so take that.) I am ridiculously elated that starting tomorrow, I will no longer have to hear your […]


An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star | NY Times

An Underground Drink Cast as a Film Star | NY Times

By ALEX VADUKUL A tall plastic soup container is filled with ice, over-proof rum, cheap liqueurs and fruit juices and stashed in a brown paper bag. Some money changes hands. What happens after that, at least for the buyer, can get blurry. The potent street cocktail is called a nutcracker. It is best known in […]


Save The Date: 11/13/13 – Nutcracker Inc. Presents Meet The Filmmakers @ Word Up Books

Save The Date: 11/13/13 - Nutcracker Inc. Presents Meet The Filmmakers @ Word Up Books

Jon Ullman and Led Black will discuss their upcoming documentary feature film, Nutcracker Inc, and preview select clips. Beverages (ahem) will be served. The story of the enigmatic and elusive elixir known as the Nutcracker, the film not only explores the history of the illicit street drink but delves into its relationship with the Washington […]


As We Say Goodbye to Summer, Check Out Some Illegal Fireworks That Would Make Bloomberg Weep | Remezcla

As We Say Goodbye to Summer, Check Out Some Illegal Fireworks That Would Make Bloomberg Weep | Remezcla

BY Andrea Gompf Mayor Bloomberg and his special Fireworks Crackdown Division tried their hardest to bust every DL sparkler vendor in the five boroughs this summer – but from the looks of the video teaser below, that didn’t put a dent in Dyckman’s 4th of July celebrations. Executive produced Uptown Collective founder Led Black and […]


The Inconceivable Campaign | Manhattan Times

The Inconceivable Campaign | Manhattan Times

Story by Debralee Santos Video by Sherry Mazzocchi Anthony Weiner is an addict. And he is happy to admit it. “If they ever invent the IV drip that goes right into my arm, I’ll be hooked up.” It’s coffee that is his professed vice, and what the mayoral candidate makes his most frequent purchase at […]


The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co.

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. from gogoPatience c+p on Vimeo. The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co. is an ode to the Fourth of July and summer. This is a look at how one neighborhood at the northern end of Manhattan celebrates the spirit and tradition of the holiday. For those […]


Op-Led: Anthony Weiner is a Sinvergüenza…

Op-Led: Anthony Weiner is a Sinvergüenza…

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Anthony Weiner aka Carlos Danger is, what we Latinos like to call, a sinvergüenza. A sinvergüenza is a person who has no shame whatsoever. This married man had the unmitigated gall to send pictures of his junk just a year after being forced to resign from Congress for, guess what, sending […]


Catch the Official Nutcracker Inc. Trailer @ The United Palace Tomorrow

Catch the Official Nutcracker Inc. Trailer @ The United Palace Tomorrow

BY Led Black (@Led_Black) As you may or may not be aware of, I am working with Jon Ullman on Nutcracker Inc., which is the definitive, and only, documentary on the elusive and enigmatic elixir known as the Nutcracker. Well, tomorrow as part of the film and culture extravaganza at the United Palace, at approx. […]

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