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 By Lucy Mushi and Ashlyn Coyne

Fairhill: Raices Culturales Brings Diverse Latino Culture in the Community

Fairhill: Raices Culturales Brings Diverse Latino Culture in the Community

As you walk north of  Fifth Avenue toward Somerset Street in the business strip of Fairhill you  will pass by an important cultural organization. Raices Culturales  Latino Americana or Latin American Cultural Roots, with the rear entrance at the corner of North Fifth Street and Somerset Street, is a place to visit for anybody interested in […]

 By Kimberley Richards and Passion Rutledge

North Central: Authentic Jamaican Cuisine

North Central: Authentic Jamaican Cuisine

On 21st Street and Susquehanna Avenue sits Maxwell’s, a Jamaican and American restaurant. Owner Norman Maxwell works alongside his wife to cook, bake and occasionally deliver food around the North Philadelphia area. The two Jamaican natives, opened up the restaurant five years ago and have noticed a major increase in customers. Maxwell boasts their reputation to provide […]

 By David Foster and Matt Cohen

Kensington: Memphis Taproom Serves Up Vegetarian Fare

Kensington: Memphis Taproom Serves Up Vegetarian Fare

The Memphis Taproom is not your typical restaurant. “If it takes more than 20 minutes to be seated, then you can punch me in the face,” Memphis Taproom owner Brendan Hartranft said to customers waiting for a table on a Sunday brunch. There’s a method to the madness and it seems to be working because […]

 By Chelsea Calhoun

West Philadelphia: One of Philly’s Last-Remaining Arcades Has 33-Year History

West Philadelphia: One of Philly’s Last-Remaining Arcades Has 33-Year History

For Christopher L. Smith, visiting University Pinball at 40th and Spruce streets is a tradition for this Southwest Philadelphia resident that is more than a decade in the making. “My father used to take me here,” said Smith, who has spent time – and quarters – at the West Philadelphia arcade since he was 12-years-old. […]

 By Michael Bixler

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

Philly Lolitas: Japanese Street Fashion

“Lolita” is a Japanese fashion subculture that blends Victorian-style clothing with real-life Japanese animation flair. The style’s origins are heavily debated within the community but gained  significant popularity in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in the early 1990s. The “Lolita” and “Goth Lolita” style have cultivated a substantial amount of  global exposure in the past decade after Phaidon […]

 By Patrick McCloskey

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Hairstylists Tiffany Bryant, Lisa Woodley and Chanta Barrett put the finishing touches on their models’ makeup and hair behind a big curtain Saturday night right before their models took the stage. Soon thereafter, the youthful participants strutted down the aisles and onto the runway at the second annual Hair Fashion Show. The event, which was […]

 By Anna Palij

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

A South Philadelphia Tradition: The Mummers

The quirky sequined outfits and jig-like dance routines that some South Philadelphia men adorn and parade on New Year’s Day may look strange to outsiders. But to Philadelphians, it’s tradition. On the 1900 block of South Third Street, between Mifflin and McKean streets, sit three of the Mummers String Bands and two of the Fancy […]

 By Maria Konidaris and Jennifer Reardon

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Jean Pleis volunteers with Lawncrest’s Fourth of July Celebration Committee because her father, Gene Mansdoerfer, or “Mr. Olney,” did the same in his community. “He got me involved right away and drilled the Fourth of July into me,” Pleis said. “I wish I could do more in his memory to honor him.” Gary Weaver, the […]

 By Christanna Ciabattoni and Jocelyn McArthur

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Fishtown: Community Theater Brings Children’s Stories to Life

Last Saturday, 2-year-old  Maeve Cooper made her acting debut.  “I was a dog–a girl dog. Woof, woof!” She also witnessed a cockroach give her legs in marriage and a confused cat realize he was not a Chihuahua. The Family Theatre Series, an interactive storytelling performance held at the Walking Fish Theatre, gives children the opportunity to creatively […]

 By Leah Mafrica

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

A loudspeaker on the sidewalk blares a heavy bass line outside a building that blends with various shops and markets on South 52nd Street in West Philadelphia. A hand-written welcome on a sheet of white paper is taped to the door, and faulty-looking windows house cheap-looking curtains. The entrance does not seem like a likely […]