Aztecan ritual in Los Angeles at Día de los Muertos festival on Olvera Street.
Fet Gede 2019 in New York City's Socrates Park. Photo credit: Haitian Times
Women in Port-au-Prince go to altar of Baron Samedi
Marie Leveau's tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Ancestral altar for Día de los Muertos
This weekend, three distinct cultures celebrate the life by paying homage to those who came before them. In Los Angeles, Louisiana and New York City, indigenous cultures that have survived colonialism, conquistadors, and slavery are still standing, even though they had to practice of form of syncretism, or blending to keep their spirituality
After months of contentious bargaining followed by an 11-day strike, the Chicago Teachers Union agreed to a tentative five-year contract and five days compensation for missed days during their work stoppage.
Ark Republic followed up with Chef Wanda Blake on food culture in San Francisco. Through the waves of gentrification since the late 1960s, we wanted to know about the shift in the food culture of the city.
For Ark Republic’s gentrification series, urban planner and professor, Nmadili Okwumabua, tells of her time spent at town halls in the early 2000s, with residents pushing back against encroaching developers.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated most Black neighborhoods in New Orleans, resulting in displacement for hundreds of thousands of people. Many did not make it back, but for those who did, staying gets harder every year. With gentrification, now “stragglers” buy up land and change the dynamics of tight-knit communities.
This year, Housing Is A Human Right released a sweeping investigative report about government-sanctioned gentrification in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti stands at the center of this important exposé. As the second largest city in the United States, the largely untold story about L.A.’s devastating gentrification crisis is a must-read cautionary tale for the rest of the nation.
Market Street between Halsey Street and Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey.
The barber brotherhood. Ab of Iconic Styles, Newark, New Jersey
Surviving gentrification.The barber brotherhood. Eric of New Wave Unisex, Newark, New Jersey
Jay of Epic Creations keeps his barber chairs swinging to service local customers in Newark, New Jersey.
With the changing commercial district in Newark, New Jersey, a shift in commercial real estate and leasing made it harder for small businesses. Comparing a popular African American hairstyle, ‘the Brooklyn’ with gentrification, local mom-and-pops try to stay afloat against big box companies entering into Newark’s downtown.