‘Some kind of modern day western’: inside the world of concrete cowboys

In Netflix drama Concrete Cowboy, an often underappreciated subculture of black Philadelphia cowboys is explored at a time when gentrification threatens their futureAsk someone what Philadelphia is known for and they are likely to answer cheesesteak, the declaration of independence or the Rocky films starring Sylvester Stallone.

It is a safe bet they won’t say black cowboys.Or a self-described black cowgirl like Ivannah-Mercedes.

“When I tell people I ride horses, they’re like, ‘Here, in Philadelphia? Where are the horses?’” she says.

“But when people see me on the horse in Philadelphia, it usually involves cameras and ‘Oh, my goodness, can I pet your horse? And where’d you guys come from?’

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