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Five People. One Moment: Love in the Heart of the City

Monday, February 15, 2021

Doors | 12:00 AM Show


About the Event

#US: Five People. One Moment - “Love in the Heart of the City” provides a window into the hearts and minds of men of color living in several of Philadelphia’s “arterial” corridors and neighborhoods. This deep dive shows how the 1-2 punch of the pandemic and protests over police-involved homicides have impacted their emotional health and overall well-being. We invite you to join #US as we explore “Love in the Heart of the City”. Hosted by Gabe Bryant, produced by Stephanie Renée.

When Kempis ‘Ghani’ Songster was imprisoned at the age of 15, his mother brought him three books; the autobiography of Malcolm X, Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane, and the autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Sentenced to life without parole and released after 30 years, Ghani talks about his process of coming home and the importance of restorative justice practices.

Sudan Green is an African-American artist and activist from Germantown. He is the founder of Spirits Up! an organization using yoga, meditation, and art for black liberation. Among many things, Sudan discusses the six days of protests he was involved in and community reinvestment.

Marvin Rocha is a Nicaraguan-American who lives in South Philly and works at the University of Pennsylvania. He works to support black members of the UPenn community after the police-involved homicides over the summer. He also seeks to help his own community of Nicaraguan-Americans and Latinx redefine masculinity and identity in the queer community. “You never know what someone else is going through.”

Eric Marsh is an African-American father. He shares his choice of self-care at the beginning of the pandemic and how rituals sustain him. Eric is a father honoring the male role as nurturer and protector.

“Alone you go faster, together you go farther.” Rob has this quote in mind as a mixed-race Japanese-American artist and activist. He discusses finding parallels to the Black Lives Matter movement amid a call for immigration reform and the way losing his job at the beginning of the pandemic allowed him to go deeper into activism.