To celebrate the community and raise awareness of small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits in Kansas City, the fourth annual Troostapalooza block party took place on Troost Avenue between 30th and 31st Streets on Oct. 2.

The event is organized by nonprofit Troost Market Collective, which creates spaces for artists and entrepreneurs to gain vital resources and skills. The nonprofit hosts classes and events like Troostapalooza to empower the community and local economy.

With nearly 100 vendors and businesses including Brown Suga Bakes, Soul Rebels and Brothers Liberating Our Community (BLOC), community members had the chance to support everything local. The celebration also featured live music including The Black Creatures, Kadesh Flow, Marcus Yates and Freedom Affair.

Jazzlyn "Jazzie” is the former senior reporter for our team, who joined the company in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, through the Report for America service program. For the past two years, she covered...

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