Debt Begins at Twenty by Stephanie Beroes documents a defining moment of the punk music scene that flourished in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Pittsburgh. Dating from 1980, the film is pitch-perfect and has aged incredibly well. It is unusual for any film to survive the culture of immediacy we live in, and as a look back at what was and who we were, this film offers many insights and much delight.
Photograph by Larry Rippel.
For almost two years I've traveled around Pittsburgh taking candid photographs, street portraits, and conducting video interviews with black women and girls about who they are, and about their individual experiences. Given this city's struggle with diversity, I felt compelled to forge a platform for black women to speak on their own experiences, and to lift up the everyday nuances of their lives as beautiful and important.
There, in Umuahia, on a rainy afternoon, a dead man was moved on a stretcher from the hospital ward to the morgue. The man was the age of my father, whom I was sitting beside. I remember noting, as I glanced at each man, that they radiated a similar serenity. One man breathless, his eyes closed; the other sitting in pain, without worry or pity in his eyes. The men who carried their dead nodded briefly to me, bridging, if that were possible, the chasm between bereaved and comforter.
My mother never stepped foot in the Carnegie Museums as a child—no field trips, no day trips, no trips to the museum at all. But as an adult, she embraced Pittsburgh’s cultural heroes and institutions, from the plays of August Wilson to the Carnegie Museums, and she made sure that my brother and I made up for the activities she missed.
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Artist collective Transformazium wants you to know there is already a long history of arts and culture in Braddock that doesn’t need to be revitalized.
It’s a cold morning in early December and cartoonist Frank Santoro is sitting in the kitchen of his Swissvale row house, WKCR-FM tuned in on a nearby radio as he sips coffee from a white ceramic mug.
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