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    Can you dig it?

    Meet the musicians struggling to keep North Philadelphia’s jazz scene alive.   It was odd that Henry Tirfe, a saxophone-wielding house bandleader, listed Art Blakey, the prolific, Pittsburgh-based jazz drummer who led The Jazz Messengers for 35 years, as one of his main influences. ”I mean, Art Blakey was very intense,” says Tirfe, “even with the soft songs, you know?” And when it came time for the 24-year-old West Philadelphia native to solo, it was like a runner sprinting off the starting line: harmonies jumped off his tenor saxophone as the artist made his presence known in the dimly-lit SOUTH jazz kitchen, an unassuming southern-style jazz restaurant at the corner…

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    Can’t Knock the Hustle

    This barbershop owner is turning his turbulent past into fuel to create better futures for boys in North Philly.   Talib Abdul Mujib, owner of 1617 Barber Shop & Beauty Salon, has been hustling since he was a kid. Mujib spent much of his youth, which was split between Camden and Philadelphia, selling drugs on the street and experiencing firsthand the tension and violence between black men and law enforcement. “A lot of my friends got lost in that war,” he says. “A lot of friends lost their minds in that war. A lot of my friends were incarcerated against that war. And understand, it was a war. Against us…

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    Take a Hit from Poe’s Sandwich Joint

    After well-known marijuana activist N.A. Poe was arrested and put on four-years probation for holding a ‘smokeeasy’ pot party in Northeast Philadelphia in April 2017, he decided that it was time to make a change that help him enter the legitimate business world. Poe, whose real name is Richard Tamaccio Jr., is now the owner of Poe’s Sandwich Joint on the corner of Frankford Avenue and Marlborough Street in Fishtown. Developing his pot-friendly business, which he says puts the ‘joint’ in ‘sandwich joint,’ has been quite the journey for Poe, who first began crafting his plans in a trusty marble composition book. Those who visit Poe’s are greeted with a…