Whole foods and Starbucks: How to transform ‘gentrification’ into ‘community evolvement’

Whole Foods was the ultimate sign that Harlem had become a NEW Harlem. It showed outsiders that the residents were willing to conform and change, willing to assimilate into mass society. Something as simple as Whole Foods took away the identity, the individualism, the uniqueness of Harlem. To me, it signified the end of a …

Is Color Still an Issue: A Review of “Passing” and “The Blacker the Berry”

Over the past week, I finished reading two phenomenal books dating from the Harlem Renaissance. Passing by Nella Larsen and The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman were both stemmed off of major color issues at the time, but were taboo to speak aloud. On the other hand, in today's society, both are known to be common themes …