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Post-Halloween, Indigenous cultures show how they retained traditions to honor the dead

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    Aztecan ritual in Los Angeles at Día de los Muertos festival on Olvera Street.
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    Fet Gede 2019 in New York City's Socrates Park. Photo credit: Haitian Times
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    Women in Port-au-Prince go to altar of Baron Samedi
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    Marie Leveau's tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
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    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

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Jazz-soul group, Ranky Tanky keeps Gullah roots at the center of music

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Pulling from a culture that sits at the center of American music, Ranky Tanky, a quintet from Charleston, South Carolina, pays homage to the Gullah tradition and ways in their songs.

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11-Day strike ends: Chicago Teachers Union reaches agreement with the City

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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.

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Namesakes: AfricaTown, a 153 year-ago-old Alabama community founded to preserve West African cultural ties, becomes sister-city with another Africatown, an initiative to save Black Seattle

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Africatown, two Black communities with the same name, located across the country from each other, face a similar challenge—involuntary out-migration.

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The changing of San Francisco’s food, culture and identity

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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.

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From Atlanta to Nigeria: A Conversation on Gentrification

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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.

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Post-Hurricane Katrina, three generations of New Orleans women remain in historic neighborhoods though gentrification makes it harder

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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.

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The Garcetti-fication of Los Angeles: A Gentrification Cautionary Tale

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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.

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Welcome to gentrification America | Think Piece

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    Market Street between Halsey Street and Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey.
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    The barber brotherhood. Ab of Iconic Styles, Newark, New Jersey
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    Surviving gentrification.The barber brotherhood. Eric of New Wave Unisex, Newark, New Jersey
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    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.

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Southern Comfort | The World is a Gamble | Comic Strip

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Matthew Gamble’s comic strip, The World is a Gamble presents a satirical, but true experience of Blacks participating in a reverse migration back down South.

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