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Temple Welcome Back Party @ Bouvier Street.

September 11, 2012

Text by Sofiya Ballin. Images by Michael Bucher.


Deep in the cut of Bouvier Street, Jay-Z’s voice and a heavy bass resonated. DJ SYLO spun on the ones and twos as Cody Kahmar’s daughter Honovi, danced vigorously on the stage.

Residents and Temple University students came together on Saturday in a family atmosphere to drink, dance and enjoy performances from some of Philly’s own. This kind of intermingling is rare and many found themselves doing the electric slide and forming an impromptu Soul Train line led by the host, Philly comedian Clint Coley.

Cody Kahmar and his daughter Honovi

This was the third annual TU Welcome Back Block Party. It was created by 21-year-old Temple journalism student, Saleem “DJ Taaj” Sabree, as a way of bridging the gap between the students and the residents within the community.

With artists like DJ Damage, Jade Alston and Mic Stew on the bill to perform, the crowd was thick. Cody Kahmar graced the stage while his daughter sang back up.

“A lot of local artists, though they’re older they want the college crowd and this is a great platform,” said SYLO.


A cypher broke out on stage, featuring O.H.M., Pharaoh Dinero,I-Know Brasco and others. As Lyriciss performed, there was a surprise appearance by Chill Moody. Then it began to drizzle and people grouped under the tents. DJ Damage took the stage and the rain was soon forgotten as a few people came out from the tents to start dancing.

“Fuck the rain!” became the mantra.

However, due to the tumultuous showers, the block party was cut short. With plans of another block party in the spring, Sabree wasn’t discouraged at all.

“It was definitely worth the headache, battle and money,” he said. “Even though it ended early, everyone enjoyed themselves. The only thing that could have made this even better was no rain.”

Chill Moody

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