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UPLIFTT | January 24, 2018

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About Nando



Born in Colombia, raised in New York. Always seeking to learn and grow, I ended up in Florida attending the University of South Florida, where I studied, finance, mass communications and theater, the latter of which has grown into a passion and career. Now living back in New York laying the foundations for creating change in the communities through my art and with those around willing and able to help.

Posts By Nando

Divided and Conquered

March 31, 2014 |

It took me two months to finally write this. To be honest, I didn’t want to. I wanted to focus on the SNL Latina stereotype skit, or how Belgians depicted the Presidential family as monkeys. Or even shout about how … Read More

Internet for Sale

February 26, 2014 | 1

In case you haven’t heard, last week the devil took over the internet. Ok, I’m exaggerating, the devil bought the internet. You see, last week Comcast acquired Time Warner cable for an estimated 45.2 billion dollars; essentially combining arguably the … Read More

Undercover Gringo

January 28, 2014 | 1

I took two showers and I still felt dirty. I was angry, ashamed, but above all disappointed. Disappointed that I had to neglect who I was and my culture in order to find a place to live. I always … Read More

Narco Cultura

December 5, 2013 |

Narco Cultura. Shocked would be a mild way to describe how I felt as I was watching this documentary. The sad part is, the story felt so far-fetched (these entire worlds are painstakingly real) that it made me question my … Read More

The Ultimate Challenge

November 6, 2013 |

My first year in college is when I truly found out how much I loved making movies. Acting in them, writing them, shooting, editing, all of it. It was this orchestrated chaos that somehow came together in the end … Read More


September 9, 2013 |

There’s something strange in the air …Waves. Sorry, I had to. But seriously, something is going on. We are in the midst of a shift and I’d wager to say there’s a lot of scared people out there. In case … Read More

Advice from a Tio, a Daddy and a Saint

September 5, 2013 |

Recently I was working on a project when a strange thing happened. On several occasions, two of the cast members I was working with, separately talked about how much they enjoyed working on a film that was set to open … Read More

Unites States of What?

June 23, 2013 |

I want to start off with “I’m sorry.”

I’m sorry if anything of what you are about to read makes you uncomfortable. I’m sorry that of all the news outlets available, few are willing or able to say what … Read More

Volunteer Diaries

June 20, 2013 | 1

I’m a firm believer in Gandhi’s words

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

I decided to start what I call the “Volunteer Diaries.” Every month, for the next year, I plan on volunteering at different … Read More

American Latino

May 22, 2013 | 2

You’ve all heard it before: “Latinos won the election, 1 in 10 voters are Latino, we are the fastest growing population in the nation.” This has pretty much translated to “how can we make money off of them?” It’s like the … Read More