Led Black is a writer, blogger, filmmaker, and editor-in-chief of The Uptown Collective, the voice of Uptown Online. Inwood, Harlem, and Led’s very own Washington Heights are undergoing a rebirth that Led has dubbed the Uptown Renaissance. He started The Uptown Collective to document that verve, energy and dynamism in real time as well as to help shape it’s trajectory. We talked to him about his neighborhood, his community, the nature of identity, the role of race, and the influence of gentrification.