City Love

Love. Music. Inspiration. Positive Change.

We are city love

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We are City Love (Think Kendrick Lamar and Jack Johnson as your Kindergarten teachers), a West Philly social justice music and education duo.  We are teachers and musicians who make music for the world we need and use our songs to spread love, hope, dialogue, justice and healing. City Love has shared assemblies, workshops, and performances at schools, colleges, and conferences throughout the country and recently released a young children's album about race, honoring our differences, standing up for each other, equity, self-love, and belonging.

 

Past Performances and Workshops:

  • The Wheeler School

  • The Lawrenceville School

  • Reverend Barber's Repairers of the Breach Civil Rights Movement Revival

  • University of Pennsylvania CHAS Summit

  • WNYC "The Other Box" Project on Student Activism

  • University of Pennsylvania Fisher Hassenfeld Residence

  • Pendle Hill's conference on Ending Mass Incarceration with Michelle Alexander

  • The United Opt Out Conference

  • The American Friends Service Committee 99th annual meeting, opening for Dr. Reverend William Barber II

  • Top 5 finalists for Philadelphia City Council's 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 PHL Live Music Competition

  • The Philadelphia School

  • Friends Central School

  • Westtown Friends School

  • Frankford Friends School

  • Germantown Friends School

  • Friends School Haverford

  • Pennswood Village Retirement Home

  • Pendle Hill's "Beyond Prisons: Transformative Justice in Community" workshop

  • National March Against Monsanto

  • University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writer's House

  • MCRC@ADVIS and Carney Sandoe 2018-2019 Equity in Action Grantees

  • Haverford College Friends in Residence

  • The White Privilege Conference

  • The NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC)

  • The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE)

  • University of Pennsylvania Lion’s Story Racial Literacy Institute

  • The Progressive Education Network Conference (PEN)

  • Amnesty International Regional Conference

  • Little Chairs Big Differences Conference

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Biennial Conference

  • Diversity Collaborative P-2nd Grade Educators Conference

  • University of Pennsylvania Summit on Teaching Students About Race

  • Temple University Dialogue Institute

  • University of Pennsylvania Constance E. Clayton Lecture

  • Swarthmore College

  • Dickinson College

  • Haverford College

  • University of Minnesota

  • Ursinus College

Our Misson:

Music for the world we need. From the heart.  For the people. We are using our music to help heal culture and consciousness towards love, hope, equity, justice, virtue, gratitude, peace, sustainability and freedom. We use our music to work with elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, organizations and communities by offering heart-provoking, thought-provoking interactive performances and workshops.  

 

Sterling Duns:  

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Sterling Duns (Dwight Dunston) is a West Philly based hip-hop artist, musician, educator, facilitator, organizer, and Quaker.  (Kind of like the Bayard Rustin of hip hop, or James Baldwin as an emcee.) He holds a BA in English from Dickinson College and an MA in Poetry from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Sterling is the Coordinator of Equity and Justice Education at Friends' Central School, a facilitator with the University of Pennsylvania Lion’s Story project, as well as serving on numerous boards throughout Philadelphia and speaking at colleges and conferences throughout the country. 

Sterling has performed throughout the world with numerous groups, such as Hardwork Movement, and has shared the stage with many different musical acts such as Talib Kweli, QuestLove, Redman, Method Man, Rhiannon Giddens, and many more. His passion for music stems from his desire to make sense of the events that make our lives unique and intertwined, all at once. Sterling has worked with youth from all different backgrounds, at summer camps and in classrooms, for the last 10+ years and truly believes that if we empower and inspire the youth of today, our future will be in great hands.  

 

Caselli Jordan:

Brian Caselli Jordan (Caselli) is an educator and songwriter who might remind you a little bit of a 2019 Mister Rogers.  His mission in life is to use music to help heal human culture and consciousness towards love, gratitude, hope, virtue, equity, justice, peace, sustainability and freedom.  He holds a B.S. in Italian and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Holistic Nutrition Educator certificate from Bauman College and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at Temple University.  Brian has worked as an educator in a wide variety of settings and capacities for 13 years, from Faculty Assistant teaching Italian at the University of Wisconsin Madison to Kindergarten teacher and garden educator at The Philadelphia School for 7 years, and everywhere in between.  Caselli is a facilitator-in-training with the University of Pennsylvania’s Lion’s Story project for promoting racial literacy. Caselli has performed around the world as part of the a cappella group The Cat's Pajamas, and is an award-winning Jazz vocalist/guitarist.  When he is not writing silly songs about bumblebees or green beans with his Kindergarten students, Caselli can be found planting fruit trees and vegetable gardens with neighbors, doing QiGong, or dreaming up songs for the next City Love album. 

 

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Frequent Collaborators:


Emyne AahLeah:

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Emyne is a singer-songwriter, educator at The Village of Arts and Humanities, entrepreneur, activist and performer currently enrolled in college at The Community College of Philadelphia, full time, as a Music Performance major. So far, she has performed at The Apollo Theatre 3 times as a child star and many venues around Philadelphia, including The Clef Club, Voltage Lounge, World Live Cafe and more. While music is her passion she has always kept her education a priority as well! One of her most honorable and humbling experiences was receiving a $1,000 scholarship from Mrs. Michelle Obama personally as a result of developing her writing skills and staying on track in school despite her battle with homelessness/housing insecurity. Always excited to do work that serves what she believes to be her life purpose, connecting with people around the world and making a difference through music, she is a resilient young woman with undeniable talent, passion and charm. Always asking herself “What’s Next Emyne?”.

Photography by Andrew Nadcarni, Jenny Chen, Haamza Edwards, Zack Garlitos, Joe Lee, and the Tower Hill School.