A true son of Afrika Bambataa's Planet Rock, Jonathan Moody's poetry is a mixtape to his son, our broken world, and Tupac
Dance artist Jean-Paul Weaver is enjoying a much deserved season of success a year after coming to Pittsburgh to continue his hard-won journey to dance anthropologist.
While at first Sean Beauford shied away from the term "curator," the young artist is now putting his own twist on the title.
A Penn Avenue Creative Fellowship awakened Jason Mendez's desire to be a writer. Now this PhD transplant from the Bronx to the 'Burgh (by way of North Carolina) has set his sights on a memoir and one-man show about his life in the Boogie Down.
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Damon Young eulogizes his former barber and opines on the slow death of East Liberty, his old 'hood.
After leaving for a handful of years, multimedia producer Njaimeh Njie is home again, behind the camera bringing the Black women of Pittsburgh into focus.
North Fayette native Rukiya McNair shares why she now calls Bali "home."
Royal Shakespearean actor Paterson Joseph shares the story behind his one-man show, SANCHO, about the life of Charles Ignatius Sancho, an African, born on a slave ship but never enslaved, and the first Black Briton to cast a vote.
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With zero budget and no technical help, filmmaker Chris Mason shines a spotlight on Pittsburgh's premier Puerto Rican band with her documentary short "Machete Kisumontao el Documental"
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An interview with poet and songstress Ursula Rucker about her uncompromising art, influences, and motherhood.
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Being a fan of your favorite NFL team is great. As long as you remember there's more to life than being a fan of your favorite NFL team.
After recently discovering that Aliquippa, PA is his father's hometown, actor Malik Yoba explored the city, and spoke to 1839 about his experience.
In Western culture, value and worth are based on productivity and one's ability to show up. But when someone in my community publicly referred to me--a queer man of trans experience living with bipolar disorder--as a woman, I felt the need to retreat and heal.
While much attention has been paid to the natural hair movement as it relates to Black women, we're dead in the middle of a nappyheaded Black male movement too.
Coming out to my Caribbean family can only be described as a shit show. Tears were shed, bountiful insults and yelling punctuated the one-sided conversation, and the Bible was used as a weapon of mass homophobia.
A word from 1839's editorial staff