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Musical ‘East Of The River’ Examines A Gentrifying Anacostia

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Nothing says “gentrification” quite like the opening of a Whole Foods.

That’s the message, at least, of a new musical about the idea that a location of the largely organic, high-priced grocery chain could one day open in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood.

Anacostia lies east of the Anacostia River in Southeast D.C., in a part of the city that’s historically been more impoverished and more heavily African-American than other areas.

Gentrification — or, as advocates would say, “revitalization” — has brought changes throughout D.C. over the past 15 years or so. Areas once blighted now feature shops with gourmet coffee and independent bicycle stores. Access to fresh and healthy food can increase for residents living in “food deserts,” where it could previously have been hard to come by.

New spaces for artists can open — like the Anacostia Arts Center, which opened in 2013, and where the musical East of the River held its first and so far only publicly announced performance in a workshop performance Friday.

Star Johnson, the play’s creator, wanted to show multiple sides to the debate about gentrification.

“You don’t have some of these tropes that you’ve seen before,” Johnson says. “You know, the mean white guy saying, ‘Get out of this neighborhood! This is my neighborhood now!’ And you don’t have all the black people saying, ‘Don’t take our neighborhood away from us!’ It’s varied reactions.”

Opponents note that gentrification can raise rents and the cost of living, and longtime residents — and artists — can be forced out in search of more affordable areas.

Massive condominiums that all look the same start to crop up.

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#FortheCulture: KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL | Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 5, 2018

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Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 5, 2018
KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL
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celebrating African-American culture
FREE ADMISSION WITH TICKET!
SHORT FILMS | MUSIC | VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
AND MORE!

​Featuring appearances by TEDX presenter Monica O. Montgomery,

 poets Kareema Wambuii and Alan King, 

filmmaker Pamela Woolford, 

author Tracy Chiles McGhee, 
children’s book author Aziza M. and more!
 
Some of our festival highlights include:
See entire festival line-up at KwanzaaInAugust.org
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Including a lively kids hour featuring 
children’s books, music and movement
centering the experiences of Black people!
THREE DAYS OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT, KNOWLEDGE SHARING & ENJOYMENT

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#FortheCulture
Friday, August 3- Sunday, August 5, 2018
KWANZAA IN AUGUST (KIA) FESTIVAL
an arts & empowerment festival 
celebrating African-American culture
FREE ADMISSION WITH TICKET!
Creative Presentations, 
including 
SHORT FILMS | MUSIC | VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
AND MORE!
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Including a lively kids hour featuring 
children’s books, music and movement
centering the experiences of Black people!
THREE DAYS OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT, KNOWLEDGE SHARING & ENJOYMENT

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