Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
Tompkins Ave from Halsey to Gates in Bedstuy. In my mind it’s “Black Wellness Row.” There are so many black-owned businesses, such vibrant energy, and opportunities to learn new self-care practices. My weekend ritual is to walk over from my place and reconnect with folks on that stretch. It’s well-filling and I always learn something new about the neighborhood.
What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?
“Take the A Train” by Billy Strayhorn and performed by Duke Ellington orchestra with singer Betty Roch. This song is about the then new A train that connected the Black neighborhoods of Bedstuy and Harlem! It always comes to mind when I take that journey.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rebecca is an educator, artist, former civil rights attorney and Bedstuy resident dedicated to using art as tool for internal and external liberation. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at Wagner College teaching her course Race, the Arts, and Activism, devises theatre with young people at Youth Organizing to Save our Streets (YO SOS) with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, and is exploring through music/dance how intergenerational trauma is held in the body of the African Diaspora.