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In many ways, the front porch represented the American ideal of family. The porch, in essence, was an outdoor living room, where the family could retire after the activities of a long day. In the evenings, as the outdoor air provided a cool alternative to the stuffy indoor temperatures, the entire family would move to the front porch. The children might play in the front yard or the friendly confines of the neighborhood, while the parents rocked in their chairs, dismissing the arduous labors and tasks of the day into relaxation and comfort. Stories might be told, advice garnered, or songs sung. Whatever the traditions and manners of the family might be could be offered in this setting. What the family room or t.v. room of post World War II America would become, existed first as the front porch. As stated in an introductory quote, the front porch was truly “a place for family and friends to pass the time.”(Out on the Porch 65).

The American front porch further represented the ideal of community in America. For the front porch existed as a zone between the public and private, an area that could be shared between the sanctity of the home and the community outside. It was an area where interaction with the community could take place.

 

Source: The Cultural Significance of the American Front Porch 

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Cast: Robert ‘Max’ Twitty \\ @MaxTwitty | Jason Andrew | @_JasonAndrew \\ Valentine Ollawa | @ArtfulStyle \\ Andreus Patterson | @Aundreus | Julien Richardson \\ @The_OG 

Location: Harlem, NYC