Gentrification

Go-Go music, the homegrown sound of the streets of Washington, D.C., retained its relevancy and prominence by way of a corner store in the Shaw district. However, when complaints of noise came from new transplants in the swiftly gentrifying section of town (in the shadows of Howard University no less), the store was reportedly ordered […]

In yet another instance of white folks not minding their business and curiously enough in the Bay Area, a woman allegedly called the cops on a young girl of color for selling water without a permit. It came out later that the hilariously nicknamed “Permit Patty” claimed she was only pretending to call the cops […]

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Before gentrification, Bushwick was a hood that was known for having a mostly Latino and Black community that white folks wouldn’t even consider visiting unless they needed to get some weed for the weekend. But in 2018 Bushwick has become a haven for hipsters, yuppies, and apparently racist Trumpian-types.

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A new start up is trying to gentrify bodegas and make them obsolete, basically.

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Sometimes gentrification isn’t relegated just to “renovating” buildings at the expense of its natives. At times, it also involves the exploitation of the neighborhood itself.

A writer named Ann Votaw wrote an op-ed in the New York Daily News complaining about all the noise in the Dyckman neighborhood (Upper Manhattan). That in itself is no surprise but the thinly veiled racism and privilege displayed in the piece quickly drew the ire of readers, particularly on Twitter. 

Art is imitating life in Bay Area rapper Zion I‘s latest video for his appropriately titled “Tech $.”

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Last Friday night (Feb. 5), a 44-year-old white man was assaulted while exiting the Q train in the Church Avenue station in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The assailant who was described as a Black man in his 40’s, allegedly pounced on the unsuspecting subway rider and yelled “Cracka, you don’t belong here!”

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It’s no secret that over the past few years Bushwick, Brooklyn has become one of the hottest and “It” neighborhoods in New York City. Naturally gentrification became the name of the game and one by one apartment buildings turned into lofts and bodegas became coffee shops—but not without protest.

For those who live in the hood, the signs are so obvious and blatant. First, you notice the local bodega closing its doors. Then, a dog park pops up seemingly out of nowhere. After that, your neighbors who you have known for years are leaving, as the projects now turn into co-op condominiums.

Lil MaMa – HHWLil’ Mama – HHW from Moguldom Studios on Vimeo. Hip-Hop Wired caught up with rapper turned actress Lil Mama, who couldn’t help but jubilantly share her latest endeavor: building a new school in her native Brooklyn, NY. Later in our succinct, yet revealing sit-down, the rapper shared her thoughts on gentrification and, […]

Portland rapper HANiF drops a smooth record called “Gentrify” that long time residents of hoods like Bed-Stuy and Harlem will surely appreciate.