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Latinx: A Look Inside The Dominican Hair Salon Experience

Latinx: A Look Inside The Dominican Hair Salon Experience

From an early age, Rosaura Reynoso understood how hair has the power to frame a woman’s face. She developed a passion for the art of hair styling, and in 1983 decided to start her journey as a hair stylist. Reynoso was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, where she opened her own salon and […]

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Arts & Entertainment: High School Students Follow The Path To The Future

Arts & Entertainment: High School Students Follow The Path To The Future

Haverford College’s Zubrow Commons filled up as some of Philadelphia’s high school seniors filed in to the large room to prepare for the final ceremonies of their one week introduction to life as a college student. The event is Philadelphia Futures’ annual College Admissions Marathon. “It’s an intensive program for rising seniors that offers them […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Accomplished Comedian Finds Home in Philadelphia’s Blossoming Comedy Community

Arts & Entertainment: Accomplished Comedian Finds Home in Philadelphia’s Blossoming Comedy Community

A creator, teacher and a comedian, Justin Jain is one of the founding members of The Berserker Residents, a professor at the University of the Arts, and a well-known face in Philadelphia’s theatre community. Like many theatre artists, Jain’s beginnings were early. His career started when he was 4 years old as a ballet dancer. […]

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Latinx: Udini La Voz Embraces Unity Through Music

Latinx: Udini La Voz Embraces Unity Through Music

His name is Odin Palacio, but the community knows him by his artistic name, Udini La Voz. Originally from Panama, Palacio is a young local talent whose mission is to create a bicultural movement with his music. With his multiple skills as a model, singer and on-air talent for the bilingual show Atrévete, Palacio has […]

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Comedy: Laughing Matters

Comedy: Laughing Matters

“I was wondering why stand-up is good,” said Shane Gillis, a stand-up comedian who has been performing for about six years. “It’s just because you get to pay money to sit in a room and hear a guy tell the truth and you don’t see that anywhere else.” When people go to a comedy show […]

 

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Improv comedy is a relatively new art form in which many of its performers advocate the benefits which extend far beyond the stage. The National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that one in five American adults experience mental illness every year. While improv comedy has become therapeutic to many, role play wasn’t officially established in […]

 

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Max Ochester, owner of Brewerytown Beats at 27th Street and Girard Avenue, moved to Brewerytown in 2010, a few years before it became the “up-and-coming” neighborhood that it is now. In late 2014, Ochester’s developer friends bought a property in Brewerytown and asked if he would like to open a small business in the location. He […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Five Murals That Tell the Community’s Story

Strawberry Mansion: Five Murals That Tell the Community’s Story

While in Strawberry Mansion one can see history everywhere. The Historic Strawberry Mansion is in Fairmount Park. An inexpensive and easy way to see the history of this community is to walk around and take in the breathtaking murals.   Why We Love Coltrane by Ernel Martinez Being an integral part of the North Philadelphia […]

 

Germantown: Club LaRose Has Turned Into A Home And Hub For All

Germantown: Club LaRose Has Turned Into A Home And Hub For All

Chenet LaRose’s dream was to open a community hub in Philadelphia where he could teach people about his Haitian heritage, but his Club LaRose quickly turned into a popular jazz club. LaRose, a retired dentist, never played music himself but he still calls the jazz club a second home, as do many of his regular […]

 

Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Chinatown North: Asian Arts Initiative Encourages Protest Through Art

Aram Han Sifuentes still remembers the first protest banner she made — the words “Dump Trump” sit emblazoned atop a teal fabric playfully covered in pugs. The fiber artist said she always has extra fabric on hand, and after the results of the 2016 presidential election, she turned to her craft to respond to Donald […]

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