Over the summer I’m building my understanding of identity and community, so I thought it might be fun to post a few blasts from the past. In Fall of 2005 I wrote an article for Wax Poetics on The East, a cultural center and “intentional community” in the Bed-Stuy district of Brooklyn. I was keenly interested in a similar tangent as today: how creative energies and collaboration lead to community, here vis-a-vis physical space and music as an African-American art form.

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