Culture clash: Philly vs. Brooklyn

There’s a Brooklyn-Philly throwdown planned in Philadelphia — a cultural competition set to take place this weekend.Rafik Abdellah, the event’s master of ceremonies, has a foot in each world. He moved from Brooklyn to Philly as a teen.

“It’s not super serious. It’s just for bragging rights, but bragging rights are important,” Abdellah said. “So I’m just going to talk a lot of mess and kind of get people riled up a little bit.”

“Philly vs. Brooklyn: Battle of the Freshest,” beginning Sunday at 7 p.m., marks the first time Philly has hosted the competition, which is usually held in New York City.

Designers, artists and performers from the two cities will present their work side by side in the Denim Loft of the Putnam Building in North Philadelphia.

Abdellah says he’s neutral, though he says New York’s always going to be the cutting edge of everything, so it would be nice to see the underdog to come up on top this time. 

The Sunday night event will conclude Philadelphia’s first BlackStar Film Festival. The four-day event is presenting more than 40 films about the African diaspora.

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