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.
Spike Lee has been especially vocal in recent times against the gentrification happening in his beloved Brooklyn and across the entire city of New York. After a New York Times film critic took a slight swipe at Lee over his blasting gentrification, the filmmaker posted a fiery open letter to the newspaper earlier today.
Lenox Lounge shuttered its doors at the end of 2012, due to the rising cost of real estate as a result of the gentrification of Harlem some allege. After news that the famed jazz nightclub and city hotspot would reopen last summer, it appears the institution will make its return this year just two blocks […]
Although film director Shaka King has yet to become a household name, that may change with his latest project Newlyweeds – which reveals a little-known side of the black New Yorker living experience. The film opened yesterday (Sept. 18) at the Film Forum in New York after a run earlier this year at Sundance, and […]
When you think Brooklyn, you’ll eventually think Spike Lee. The renowned filmmaker always pays homage to his native borough and is keenly aware of the gentrification that seems to push out the very people that made it the place to be day after day.
We’ll give the New York Times credit for bigging up the borough of Brooklyn and its importance in Hip-Hop culture, through the lens of gentrification. However, the Grey Lady needed to do a tad bit more fact checking.
Yasiin Bey isn’t one to mince words, and last week he released a poem lamenting about the brand new Barclays Center arena in his beloved hometown. Although the piece, titled “On center.stadium.status,” could have been seen as a jab toward Jay-Z, Bey cleared the air in an interview saying that is not the case.
Unfortunately, Anthony Bourdain’s long running No Reservations is coming to an end, but it’s going out on a high note. We’ve already seen that its finale features actors from The Wire and today we get a preview of a segment from the same episode that features Talib Kweli discussing the cultural and economic changes that have occurred […]