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Monica Lynch

Shining a light on overlooked people, places and... uh... it'll come to me.

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waiting on the 7, sunnyside. #subway #7train #sunnyside #queens #nyc

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charred remains, astoria. #blackfriday #astoria #queens #nyc #nycspc #burnt #cars #burntorange

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happy thanksgiving from the downtown 1 local! #subway #nyc #harlem #manhattan #beauty #hair #thanksgiving

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All the trimmings, Astoria. #astoria #queens #nyc #homefortheholidays #thanksgiving

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Mural, Astoria. #astoria #queens #nyc #mural #hands #thanks

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Ava T. Cat cozies up in my jacket. She's fast approaching the "terrible twos" and has started to take great joy in swatting all manner of sh*t off my nightstand. "Bitch don't need that remote. Don't need them q-tips either. Lip balm? Mines." Swear to God, she walked across my laptop keyboard the other night and somehow launched the #WFMU pop-up player. Settling in for a bumpy ride. #catsofinstagram #cat #tabbycat #tabby #thatdarncat

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Francesca, Lincoln Center. Love her new-fangled Heidi-style do. And the gold On-Off pendant she's wearing with her fire-engine red jacket. Chanel? Well if you have to ask... Anyhoo, you're definitely ON and extra fancy, Francesca! #lincolncenter #abt #abtgala #nyc #manhattan #advancedstyle

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In 1969, decades before Oprah, #DellaReese was the first Black woman to host a TV talk show. In the 60s, at a time when black women were beginning to become stars on television—Cicely Tyson of East Side, West Side (1963), Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek (1966), and Diahann Carroll of Julia (1968) to name but a few—Reese parlayed these wins into roles on the small screen. The first of these was with Della!; a producer approached her with the proposition of hosting her own show following a live performance in '68. Della! aired every weekday for an hour throughout the States by RKO, a syndication network that eventually dissolved into Warner. The show featured a wealth of the era’s greatest talents, with guests like Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Soupy Sales, and Jacqueline Susann passing through. Filmed in LA, each episode was structured as a showcase for Reese’s multivariate talents—she was an engaging, charismatic conversationalist and a mellifluous singer. Along with her sidekick, Jewish-American comedian Sandy Baron, Reese began each show by introducing her guests before ceding the reins to them. Each episode featured two to three guests—either established celebrities or up-and-coming talents, like a young Steve Martin. “We had animals, we had people with gadgets,” Reese remembered. “It was a very interesting format.” Occasionally, Reese would join in and sing along with her guests. Yet the shows were more about her guests than about her. She was not an intrusive host prone to editorializing with her guests or dispensing sage, treacly life advice; she approached her guests with a gentle, probing curiosity aimed at illuminating their work and artistry. Though a few stations in the South expressed reticence about carrying it, fearing that a show headlined by a black woman would be anathema to their audience, the show unpredictably did well in those very states—Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. The success was short-lived. “The man who was selling our show said he couldn’t sell our show because my gums were black." Via #atlasobscura

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Carmen. Queens Blvd., Sunnyside. It was a wet night and Carmen was heading home. In fact she still had a ways to go. She's 85 years old, has lived in Sunnyside for 50 years, and is originally from Guatemala City. She taught for many years, is active in the community, and is thoroughly engaging. She was embarrassed about the plastic rain bonnet around her neck. I assured her that it will likely be the next hot trend - and how much I love her glasses and jaunty Kangol-style beret. An absolutely beautiful woman inside and out. She blessed my soul. Bless YOU, Carmen! #sunnyside #queens #nyc #advancedstyle #guatemala 🇬🇹

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Karenna scarfs it up lovely on Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. #sunnyside #queens #nyc #scarf #autumn #advancedstyle #armenia 🇦🇲

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Come this Tuesday's turkey pardon, UCLA basketball players won't be the only ones shamed into showing no-attitude gratitude. #trump #thanksgiving #turkey #turkeypardon #whitehouse #tweet #trumptweets

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Circa '86 or so, rockin' a gaucho hat at Jack the Rapper's Annual Family Affair, Atlanta. #fbf #jacktherapper #blackhat #80s #80sfashion #atlanta #tommyboy #hiphophistory

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Understated elegance on the uptown local. #nyc #manhattan #subway #advancedstyle #understated #elegant

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Monisha doin' rush hour with style and a smile. #manhattan #nyc #subway #timessquare #urbanturban #headwear #blackbeauty #rushhour

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walking home from school with mom, sunnyside. #sunnyside #queens #nyc #schoolgirl #mom #hijabi #hijab

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checks cashed, astoria. #astoria #queens #nyc #neon #window #checkscashed

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friday night auction, saugerties. #saugerties #hudsonvalley #auction #beards #platinumhair #headboard #blueandwhite

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