Posts Tagged ‘Race’

Writers to turn Langston Hughes’ Harlem home into cultural center after successful fundraising campaign | NY Daily News

Writers to turn Langston Hughes' Harlem home into cultural center after successful fundraising campaign | NY Daily News

BY Christopher Brennan The former home of Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes will be reborn as an arts center after a writers collective successfully raised money to rent it. A brownstone on 127th St. where he lived for 20 years in the 1920s and 30s has stood vacant for years, but has fallen into disrepair […]


UPinion: An Open Letter to Other Bernie Supporters

UPinion: An Open Letter to Other Bernie Supporters

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Friday, September 16, 2016 Washington Heights, New York Today I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness the worst, most disturbing political circus of my lifetime. Donald J. Trump corralled the media at his new hotel in Washington D.C. with the promise of a long awaited statement on the “Birther” movement which […]


The Wall

The Wall

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) For me, immigration is personal. And I don’t like to call it illegal immigration either. I prefer immigration without choice. You see, my maternal grandmother was here illegally. She came on a visitor’s visa in 1930. She overstayed her visa. My mother was an anchor baby. Had she gone back to […]


A Poet’s Mission: Buy, and Preserve, Langston Hughes’s Harlem Home | NY Times

A Poet’s Mission: Buy, and Preserve, Langston Hughes’s Harlem Home | NY Times

By SAMANTHA SCHMIDT As a young girl in Portland, Ore., Renée Watson immersed herself in the words of Langston Hughes, discovering that his poems about black identity mirrored experiences in her own life. Since moving to Harlem more than a decade ago, she has often walked by his old home — a three-story brownstone on […]


The Wall – Part III

The Wall – Part III

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Read Part I: HERE Read Part II: HERE Robert looked at the clock next to his bed. It was 1:30. He had helped Ahmed to bed hours earlier. The boy couldn’t speak again after finishing his story. Robert couldn’t sleep. He took his cell phone from the night table and turned […]


Uptown Video: Mothers & Daughters – Raquel Cepeda & Djali Brown-Cepeda

Uptown Video: Mothers & Daughters - Raquel Cepeda & Djali Brown-Cepeda

In this awesome video from Allure and StyleLikeU, mother-daughter duo Raquel Cepeda and Djali Brown-Cepeda talk about combating identity stereotypes, embracing their natural hair, and advocating the importance of being comfortable in one’s own skin.


The Wall – Part II

The Wall – Part II

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Read Part 1: HERE “My name is Ahmed,” the boy said. He was seated on the sofa. Robert had dressed him in some of his cloths. They hung on him. “I escaped from Green Island three days ago.” “What were you doing on Green Island?” he asked. “The took us there […]


The Wall – Part I

The Wall - Part I

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) Robert Brown rinsed his hands with cold water from the porcelain sink in the men’s room then dabbed his face. He stared at himself. He straightened his navy blue tie and smoothed out his battleship grey shirt before returning quietly to his desk in the perpetual near silence of the Fulfillment […]


Cross Broadway and Think Big

Cross Broadway and Think Big

BY Robert W. Snyder (@robertwsnyder) Photography: Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals) “Broadway Blues” was indeed a “A Frank Discussion of Race, Class and Gentrification in Washington Heights and Inwood,” but as an honored panelist I came away from our deliberations dismayed by the rancor that has erupted uptown and convinced that current proposals to curb rising rents […]


The battle to save Langston Hughes’ home from gentrification | CNN Money

The battle to save Langston Hughes' home from gentrification | CNN Money

by Heather Long Ivy still grows on the front of Langston Hughes’ home in Harlem. There aren’t many houses like it left in New York City. Real estate agents estimate it’s worth over $3 million. And that’s before anyone talks about the fact that one of America’s great writers — a hero of the Harlem […]


08/29/16: Broadway Blues – A Frank Discussion About Race, Class & Gentrification In Washington Heights & Inwood

08/29/16: Broadway Blues – A Frank Discussion About Race, Class & Gentrification In Washington Heights & Inwood

The Uptown Collective Presents Broadway Blues – A Frank Discussion About Race, Class & Gentrification In Washington Heights & Inwood Monday, August 29th @ 6:30 PM Washington Heights Academy – 202 Sherman Ave Ft. State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Historian Robert W. Snyder & Writer Raquel Cepeda Moderated by Led Black The event is free but […]


A tale of two neighborhoods in Inwood | Brick Underground

A tale of two neighborhoods in Inwood | Brick Underground

By Alanna Schubach An Inwood resident generated some buzz recently when she wrote a personal essay for the New York Daily News about her struggles with noise in the uptown neighborhood. Her home near West Dyckman, the author explains, is in proximity to almost a dozen bars and restaurants, leading to what she describes as constant nightlife noise. As […]


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 […]


Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks’s Joint Harlem Vision | The New Yorker

Ralph Ellison and Gordon Parks’s Joint Harlem Vision | The New Yorker

By Vinson Cunningham In the summer of 1947, editors from the short-lived magazine ’47, known since its shuttering in 1948 as The Magazine of the Year, contacted Ralph Ellison—then in the thick of his seven-year labor to complete “Invisible Man”—with an idea for a photo essay on the Lafargue Psychiatric Clinic in Harlem. Established a […]


Call for Models: Afro-Latina Portrait Series

Call for Models: Afro-Latina Portrait Series

Are you a Latina living in New York City who identifies with your blackness? Do you use terms such as, “Afro-Latina, Afro-Dominican, Afro-Cuban etc…” to express who you are and to speak to the memory and existence of your African ancestry? Afro-Dominican photographer, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina also known as The Earth Warrior is working on an […]


From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | NY Times

From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | NY Times

By James Estrin On Aug. 8, 1966, The New York Times ran an article about how many Harlem residents wished more white people would visit to see for themselves their community’s reality. The article, by McCandlish Phillips, detailed in an almost anthropological way the Harlem of 1966 to Times readers. “A curtain of fear, about […]


UPinion: Why “Black Lives Matter” Matters

UPinion: Why “Black Lives Matter” Matters

BY AJ Sidransky (@AJSidransky) I’m white. Okay, I said it. For me it doesn’t matter. But, knowing full well what the advantages of being “white” are (see: white privilege) I try really hard to understand what life is like for people of color. My best friend is a dark skinned Latino man. His life is […]


Gordon Parks’s Harlem Argument | NY Times

Gordon Parks's Harlem Argument | NY Times

By Maurice Berger Fresh from assignments at Vogue and Glamour in 1948, Gordon Parks appeared one morning at Life’s New York headquarters, determined to show his portfolio to Wilson Hicks, the magazine’s esteemed picture editor. Mr. Hicks was initially reluctant, but he warmed to Mr. Parks’s work and the story he pitched about the gang […]


Bracing for Gentrification in the South Bronx | NY Times

Bracing for Gentrification in the South Bronx | NY Times

By Michael Kamber The South Bronx, one of America’s poorest urban areas, is two subway stops from the wealthiest, Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Change, development, gentrification — the terms are sometimes used interchangeably though not the same thing — are headed its way. For three decades, I have watched artists move into marginal neighborhoods as […]


Billie’s Back | Manhattan Times

Billie’s Back | Manhattan Times

“Lady Day” will be returning to Harlem’s Apollo Theater later this year — in hologram form. The theater announced that it will implement permanent hologram technology featuring famed chanteuse Billie Holiday to be used during its daytime programming, which includes theater tours and educational offerings for school groups and other visitors. An exclusive deal with […]


Breaking Boundaries At A Harlem Barbershop | NPR

Breaking Boundaries At A Harlem Barbershop | NPR

By Jorteh Senah Black salons and barbershops, which serve as local hangouts, are pillars of the Harlem community. One relatively new resident enters one for a haircut for the first time. In central Harlem, the ratio of blacks to whites is roughly 6 to 1, but the clientele of the area’s businesses can make it […]


Khalik Allah’s Movie Captures Harlem Faces and Voices by Moonlight | NY Times

Khalik Allah’s Movie Captures Harlem Faces and Voices by Moonlight | NY Times

By NICOLAS RAPOLD Shot at night, the Harlem subjects of the photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah have a soulful glow even when their circumstances are dire. In his film “Field Niggas,” Mr. Allah records the struggling denizens of the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue. His rich use of color, chiaroscuro, slow motion and […]


ABC’s Newest Drama American Crime Features Local Actor Elvis Nolasco

ABC’s Newest Drama American Crime Features Local Actor Elvis Nolasco

Everyone is buzzing about ABC’s newest Drama, American Crime, which airs Thursday night at 10 pm est. First of all, the series is written by John Ridley, the screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave. American Crime exudes gravitas, grit and nuance. The show takes a long, hard and unflinching look at race, crime and class […]


Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes – Harlem

Uptown Poetry: Langston Hughes - Harlem

Being that today is the 113th B-Day of Langston Hughes, it is only right that we send some posthumous love to that giant that played such a part in the Harlem Renaissance. Happy B-Day Langston, you will live forever. What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? […]

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