harrisburg-life

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Amid the low notes of the pandemic, Harrisburg’s The Singer’s Lounge keeps the music alive | Anwar Curtis

BY: - March 2, 2021

I appreciate platforms that are “for us, by us” and I appreciate Airis Smallwood for consistently doing her work.

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Meet the woman fighting to break down the stigma of mental illness in Harrisburg’s Black community | Anwar Curtis

BY: - December 5, 2019

LaPorcha Grigsby, founder of Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc is running with the mental health baton, with a monthlong series of seminars in 2020.

COMMENTARY

In Harrisburg, out of the ashes of tragedy, a local rapper finds triumph | Anwar Curtis

BY: - September 26, 2019

If you weren't there, you missed a very special night at Club XL in Harrisburg last Saturday night.

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Summer might be almost over, but for one special weekend, Harrisburg’s best had a moment in the sun | Anwar Curtis

BY: - August 22, 2019

While the first year was a success, this year was truly something special -- especially for the children of Harrisburg.

COMMENTARY

How Disney’s ‘Lion King’ remake helped me retrace my own Circle of Life | Anwar Curtis

BY: - July 30, 2019

In the darkness of a theater, sometimes it's possible to turn back time.

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Thirty years after its release, Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ has lessons for Harrisburg and beyond | Anwar Curtis

BY: - June 27, 2019

Director Spike Lee's classic has lost none of its power with age. And the question it raises are just as vital and important as ever.

COMMENTARY

At Harrisburg talent show, Capital City youth ‘shoot for their dreams’ | Anwar Curtis

BY: - June 4, 2019

It's often said that today's youth don't have enough outlets to express themselves or to find the happiness that they're looking for. I guess that all depends on where you're looking.

COMMENTARY

In Harrisburg, Breaking the Chainz is building a community | Anwar Curtis

BY: - May 7, 2019

Love your neighbor as yourself, and remember the right chain will never be broken. 

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‘Black dignity:’ A recent book puts it front and center — as it should be | Anwar Curtis

BY: - April 19, 2019

Sometimes adults need a village of their own.

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Great fathers aren’t born, they’re made. And this Harrisburg pastor is helping them on that path | Anwar Curtis

BY: - April 3, 2019

Fatherhood can be daunting under the best of circumstances. A pastor named Jayson Davenport is helping Harrisburg's men find their way down that path.

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This week, a celebration of everything that’s great about being ‘Black in the ‘Burg’ | Anwar Curtis

BY: - February 15, 2019

(*This column has been updated to accurately identify the organization Young Professionals of Color. It was misidentified in an earlier version.) By Anwar Curtis February is Black History Month. I won’t bore you with the back and forth text expressing my thoughts on why black history is much more than a 28-day celebration. Yet I […]