Soce Diop never focused on the television buzzing in her Eagle Street braiding shop.
As her fingers partnered with Jan Goffney’s hair, Diop instead watched scenes from the familiar story unfolding behind another glass screen — her shop window.
“I see a lot of people, wave at a lot of people,” said Diop, her smart fingers completing their task without the help of her bright eyes.
“When I’m in the house, I don’t want to be there. I want to be here. Even when I am not doing anything,” said Diop, who has been the unofficial greeter of Eagle Street for 11 years. “I want to sit there and watch the people pass by.”
Diop’s favorite sidewalk show captures the complex, expansive narrative of Eagle Street in the historically African-American business district known as The Block or Uptown. ...Read the full article