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February 2015

Art Sanctuary

by Ann de Forest For a few sultry nights this past spring, North Philadelphia’s landmark Church of the Advocate was transformed into Harlem’s Cotton Club, circa 1940. On stage, teenage performers bedecked in vintage finery channeled stars of a bygone era –...

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February 2015

Breaking Bread

by Ann de Forest In the boiler room in the back of an old urban church, a barber with a graying goatee and a do-rag has set up a small but serviceable “salon.” “I’ll make you look like a prince and feel like a king,” the barber, Bruce, promises as he drapes a...

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February 2015

Bike Works

Sean Betts, 15, has always been interested in how things work. He took his first bicycle apart when he was 9 years old. The results weren’t pretty. “I didn’t really know how to put it back together,” he shakes his head, remembering. Now Sean is a whiz at bike...

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February 2015

West Kensington Ministry

by Ann de Forest As a child, Adan Mairena dreamed of being a filmmaker when he grew up. Second on his list was becoming a singer (“Doesn’t everybody dream of that?” he jokes). Instead, the Honduras native followed in his parents’ footsteps and became a...

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