Overtown salutes Black culture

caines | 6/20/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The power of music and food are universal concepts, and there will be no shortage of either at this months Folk Life Fridays on the 9th Street Pedestrian Mall. Festival organizer, Jackie Bell of New Washington Heights Community Development Corporation, is once again partnering with the Southeast Overtown/ Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) and Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones to bring back the festival on Friday, June 21 in celebration of Black Music Month. Acclaimed jazz singer Maryel Epps, Miami-based rapper Piccalo and other local acts will kick of the celebratory events providing live entertainment throughout the festival which will run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Folk Life is a tourist destination, Bell said. Our vision is to be the cultural gateway to the Overtown community. Folk Life Fridays, a cultural tourist attraction, is an open-air marketplace showcasing the music, arts and crafts and cuisine stemming from the historic Overtown community. The event introduces guests to an authentic community experience. People can look forward to a great time sampling native foods such as conch fritters, peas and rice, pies freshly baked from Moores Bakery and much more, Bell added. They can also purchase clothes, flowers, pocket books and peruse our history at the Black Archives. Starting in July, Folk Life Fridays will be held on the first Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 305-576-5101.