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Sista's Place

Coffeehouse and performance space that supports activism
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The unassuming storefront cafe, Sista’s Place, is more than a coffeehouse. It is a community resource and gathering place that serves as a center for the discussion and debate of political, cultural and social issues.

A collective of about 30 people who are active in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community runs Sista's Place. The cafe has a warm comfortable interior with brick walls enlivened by Afrocentric paintings and photographs. It hosts weekly community meetings on issues such as police brutality and housing conditions, as well as a book club, an open-mic night for youth, a writers' workshop, and live jazz performed by local talent. In addition, the cafe also serves as an umbrella for several activist organizations.


Braithwaite, Lionel. Interview by Madaha Kinsey-Lamb for Places Matters. November 2, 2001.

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