Welcome to Living Denver! On this podcast, Denverites perform original poetry about their neighborhoods and invite listeners to share in their joy-filled memories, the challenges of gentrification, and their visions for the Mile High City.
This show is brought to you by History Colorado in partnership with House of Pod. To learn more about the Building Denver Initiative and the upcoming exhibit visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver.
West Side Excursions, Adolescent Experiences circa 1985-1992 by Josiah Lopez
Josiah performs his original poem, “West Side Excursions” inspired by his adventures growing up in Denver’s Baker and Lincoln Park Neighborhoods.
Listen to Graffiti and Gentrification (releasing on 4/26) to hear Josiah's story.
Welton Street Beats
Kenya "Mahogany" Fashaw performs her original piece, “Change Gon’ Come.” In this episode, her poem transports us to Juneteenth celebrations, her first spoken word performance at brother jeff’s community center, and the places lost to gentrification on Welton Street. Kenya gives us a glimpse into the people and places that have built the Five Points community
Kenya is a spoken word artist and an award winning playwright. She believes in telling stories that have been untold. Her art was nurtured in the heart of the Five Points community and Welton Street in Denver, Colorado.
Follow her work at: 5280artistcoop.com on Instagram @Mahoganyfashaw and YouTube: Mahogany Fashaw
For a transcript of this episode and to learn more about the Building Denver Initiative visit www.HistoryColorado.org/Building-Denver.
Mention this podcast to receive $2 off admission to Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City - an upcoming exhibition at the History Colorado Center beginning May 29, 2021.
Change Gon’ Come by Kenya "Mahogany" Fashaw
Kenya reads her poem “Change Gon’ Come” inspired by Sam Cooke and the Five Points neighborhood.
Listen to Welton Street Beats to hear Kenya's story and her memories of Juneteenth and her experience of gentrification.