“Now granted, among another clientele and in another neighborhood – say like a coffee shop in what is now known as Northern Liberties – the aesthetic here would probably be described as rustic, or even vintage. At the very least, it would be considered satirical. But we were Black folks and there’s just no irony in that.”
In her debut chapbook, Charing Ball recounts the time she and a few of her girlfriends ditched the trendy and posh Center City nightclub scene for a month of bar-hopping in the less desirable parts of West Philly. This is not your run-of-the-mill drinking story. Nor is this your typical hood story. Instead, The Hood Bar Tour is a smart, edgy and witty journey through gender and class in a gentrifying city.
Charing Ball is a writer, cultural critic, free-thinker, slick-mouth feminist and a bonafide troublemaker. When she’s not provoking thought and debate as a contributing writer for Madame Noire.com – among other websites – she can be found being all introspection and shit on her own blog, Nineteen Seventy-Seven. Ball graduated in 2000 with degree in Journalism from Virginia Union University (an HBCU). Charing Ball currently resides in Northwest Philadelphia with her cat, a car note, and her fiery spirit.