Hey Twentysomethings: Here Are 16 Things You Can Do With the Sunday Inquirer

As my colleague Joel Mathis reported last week, the launch of the Daily News and Inquirer paywalled websites isn’t just about pageviews. It’s also about trying to sell some more newspapers, since print products are still the lifeblood of any legacy media organization (including this website’s parent mag). The new all-access digital subscription plans are cheapest if you get one weekend paper delivered. No brainer in terms of economical value.

It’s a little backwards, though, if you consider that young people are most likely to want the cheapest subscription price. They’re also the folks least likely to want a physical paper dropped on their stoop every Saturday or Sunday. Here, 16 creative ways to repurpose the stack of dead trees you’ve opted-in to. Read more »

How Our Cute President, Barack Obama, Let Women Down

On Friday, I was headed down 19th Street, on the way to my favorite bar for happy hour. It was 5:45 p.m. The sun was shining, the sidewalk was crowded with commuters, and I had my sweater slung over my shoulder as I scurried down the street. With my office building still visible in the background, I ran into a group of teenage boys. They spotted me from down the block and began catcalling and making comments about my physique. As I passed the group, one boy reached out to me. He opened his arms wide, as if he were about to give me a bear hug. I jumped away at just the right second and was able to scurry away. They didn’t follow and aside from my own raised blood pressure, it was a harmless encounter.

Except that it reminded me so much of Barack Obama. Read more »

Barbara Walters Should Quit The View and Go Work for Fox News

Last week, news trickled out that longtime television interviewer Barbara Walters planned to retire next spring. It seemed, perplexingly, both inconceivable—can TV news exist without her?—and reasonable. Walters, 83, has had a series of health issues in the last year, including a bout of the chicken pox earlier this year. After 52 years on the small screen, it made sense that she’d be ready for a break. Read more »

Top 5 Best Philly Parody Accounts on Twitter

Social media experts and holier-than-thou journalists (ahem) will tell you that Twitter changed the way we receive information. The rest of humanity will tell you that Twitter changed the way we receive jokes. Whether it’s known local comedians like Chip Chantry or one of the many hilarious local parody accounts, Philly’s web presence is teeming with humor. Here, five of the best joke accounts in the city. Read more »

Recap: #PHLRaceChat


Recap: #PHLRaceChat

A snapshot of last night’s discussion on race at the National Constitution Center.

Storified by PhiladelphiaMagazine· Tue, Mar 19 2013 05:45:20

A full house joined Philadelphia magazine and the National Constitution Center last night for the event “Can We Talk … About Race?” The event was planned after Philadelphia magazine published a controversial cover story titled “Being White in Philly.”
Packed house for #phlracechat @ National Constitution Center http://instagr.am/p/XBA97wCUtu/Philly Mag
Panelists joined editor Tom McGrath on stage to discussion the story and to have a larger conversation on race in Philadelphia.
#phlracechat panel @ National Constitution Center http://instagr.am/p/XBBZsoCUuQ/Philly Mag
Panelists: #BeingWhiteinPhilly author Bob Huber, writers Christopher Norris + @solomonjones1, Walter Palmer, and Farah Jimenez. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
To open the discussion, Philadelphia magazine editor Tom McGrath began with a statement of apology to those offended by the story.
McGrath said sorry to those hurt by story, but doesn’t regret publishing story #PHLRaceChatRobert Moran
@phillymag #phlracechat has begun with an apology from Editor Tom McGrath http://pic.twitter.com/SMuRjVZnavBobbi Booker
McGrath asks “Being White in Philly” author Robert Huber to explain what made him write the piece.
Huber is explaining his reasoning. Says city is segregated, whites afraid to speak on race, how we relate or don’t relate… #PHLRaceChatDenise Clay
Huber’s response was met with reaction from the crowd: 
#PHLRaceChat why is the guy who wrote the article reading straight from a piece of paper?! Just talk; no need for formality now!Angele D. Russell
The way that Huber is explaining it is a whole lot different from how the story turned out. Maybe he needed to write that. #PHLRaceChatDenise Clay
McGrath asked panelists what they thought of Huber’s story and his reasoning.
Chris Norris: "Surprisingly, [the story] didn’t offend me." But says the article was written from one side. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
…but Chris Norris wasn’t really offended; this was one guy who went looking for something & found it. #PHLRaceChatSandy Smith
Journalist Solomon Jones says article "ironic" because no people of color on editorial staff of @phillymag #PHLRaceChatRobert Moran
@solomonjones1 "From a marketing standpoint, [the story] was genius." #phlracechatLaura Munich
Farah Jimenez: @Phillymag "an inappropriate messenger" for this message #PHLRaceChatSandy Smith
"@phillymag: Walter Palmer: "We’re not in a post-racial society. We’re cowards when it comes to talking about race in US." #PHLRaceChat" #fbDon Shappelle
McGrath later asked: Why is it so hard to talk about race?
Mistrust due to intent. Intent keeps us from talking to each other because folks are afraid intent will be assigned. #PHLRaceChatDenise Clay
Palmer: White people are afraid of being called racist; Black people are afraid to be accused of using the race card. #PHLRaceChatMjumbe Poe
"We’re not willing to let words wash over us," says Jimenez on why it’s hard to talk about race. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
The discussion continued that as panelists discuss larger issues of race beyond just black and white:
30 minutes in, and Solomon Jones (@solomonjones1) is first panelist to point out that race is not just black & white. Who knew. #phlracechatEmaleigh Doley
"If we really want to hav a real conversation abt race, we hav to include everyone" Solomon Jones #phlracechatJenice Armstrong
Huber explained that his goal was not to be all-inclusive but to look at one small slice of life in Fairmount. Jones responded.
"If you really want to learn something, you talk to people who have something to teach you." @solomonjones1 calls #bullshit #phlracechatLaura Munich
Huber asked:
Huber: "What makes you think I’m looking for people who think exactly like I do because I’m talking to white people?" #PHLRaceChatSandy Smith
Jones responded:
"You already talk to white people, all day long," says Jones. Why not talk to other people, he asks. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Applause for Jones after condemnation of Philly Mag’s all-white staff and this story. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
The panel also discussed whether this was truly a story about race, or if it was actually about class. 
Jimenez: "I can guarantee you that the person living next to Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods is not fearful." Points to class. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Jimenez: It’s when you use race as a substitute for socioeconomics that you have problems. Amen, sister. #PHLRaceChatSandy Smith
#PHLRaceChat Race confused with socioeconomic status. Conversation about distorted realities.Denise Nakano
Low income blacks are what whites fear. Need to talk about socioeconomics. Not about middle class blacks. #PHLRaceChatDenise Clay
Panelist Walter Palmer talked at length about the Black/White Binary.
"You cannot use people’s struggles to make gains in society without acknowledging that." #blackwhitebinary #whiteprivilege #phlracechatLaura Munich
Race as a binary is informed by this country’s "one drop" legacy as a means to understand whiteness @angeledrussell #PHLRaceChatMF
Moderator Tom McGrath asked:
What are practical things we can do to move the conversation or reality forward? @tmcgrathphilly #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Panelists responded:
Norris: There needs to be an investment in diversity in media + mobilize communities to produce content to debunk stereotypes #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Education is the tool for liberation-Dr. Palmer #PHLRaceChatShaniceSmith
There needs to be a citywide effort to deal with issues of race, says Palmer. #PHLRaceChat Crowd applauds.Philly Mag
The session opened up for questions and audience members rushed to the mics. Emotion in the room was palpable. 
Line for questions #phlracechatPhiladelphia Magazine
Audience: "You will not find anyone at 17th and Diamond doing anything productive." #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Jones argues with audience member. Tensions high. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
18th and Diamond was where the Black Power Movement started. Art Sanctuary started there. Know the history. #PHLRaceChatDenise Clay
One audience member wanted to know why there were two covers of the magazine. McGrath explained.
McGrath: We did it practically—to go in hotel rooms. We’ve done this before. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Other audience reactions:
26-y-o white guy: Might this be a self-correcting problem? It doesn’t seem to be as much of a prob for my cohort #PHLRaceChatSandy Smith
"You can’t dress like a thug or a drug dealer & be mad when they treat you like one," says crowd member. Crowd reacts strongly. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
"Why is the onus on black people to do better?" asks audience member. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
"I have never been so embarrassed as a journalist," says an audience member who recently came back to Philly from Mississippi. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
"It hurts to see this. I really think no one was thinking upstairs," says same audience member. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Next City journalist wants to know if @phillymag editors/writer considered including class. Crowd shouts at Huber to answer. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
A recurring theme of the night was the diversity of Philadelphia magazine’s editorial staff. 
Audience member: Why has it been difficult for your magazine to find qualified African-American journalists? #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
What has @phillymag learned, asks audience member. Is it a dog and pony show? #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
PABJ/BPRSP member Vincent: "This is a dog-and-pony show. If I don’t see this from Dave Lipson, I don’t believe it." #PHLRaceChatSandy Smith
McGrath: I am committed to having a more diverse staff. Audience member pushes for timeline. #PHLRaceChatPhilly Mag
Post-discussion reactions:
One positive coming from #BeingWhiteInPhilly symposium. Blacks of all ages getting the opportunity to take the floor & respond #PHLRaceChatEmaleigh Doley
So from what I gather, it would have been more successful for @phillymag just to set themselves on fire right? #PHLracechatBean
I’ve been following the tweets. Doesn’t seem that anything was accomplished this evening. Did I miss something??? #PHLRaceChatKaren M. Turner
NBC10 covered the event. Click below to see footage from the Constitution Center as well as Denise Nakano’s interviews with Tom McGrath, Robert Huber and Solomon Jones.
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WURD taped the discussion and will replay it. Keep an eye on their site for info. 
#PHLRaceChat is wrapping up now, but we have the entire event broadcasting live #onWURD @900amWURD and you WILL hear this again!Qualified Qool

Barack Obama’s Future as a Daycare Center Owner

The internet has developed a collective case of the giggles lately thanks to George W. Bush. The former president has taken up painting in his retirement and, well, he really likes to create images of himself in the shower and dogs. Lots of dogs. Like, 50 freaking dogs.

It seems a little silly and, to me, a little endearing that the former commander-in-chief has the same hobby as my three-year-old niece who paints pictures of a kitty cat named Booger. But hey, hats off to Dubya for being multi-faceted. After all, Bob Dole did Viagra commercials, which is at least 57 percent skeevier than naked shower self-portraits. Here, some suggestions for what current politicians should consider as post-political hobbies. Read more »

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Hashtags are everywhere these days—from the Oscars #BestDressed coverage to a pamphlet I got from my doctor’s office. Whether you like it or not, Twitter’s taken over the way we communicate. Last year, a Rhode Island theater gained fame for designating “Tweet Seats,” where show-goers could tweet reactions during the actual performance. Closer to home, a Temple University professor encourages his students to tweet during class. Live-tweeting, it seems, is everywhere. Read more »

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In our stuff-obsessed society, people talk a lot about the stress of gift giving for Christmas and birthdays. But coupled-up dudes know that the riskiest gift-giving day of the year is Valentine’s Day, because there is all the pressure of other occasions combined with a special bonus: you definitely, definitely want to end up in bed. It’s very easy to buy the wrong thing for the lady in your life. Here, a list of things you should avoid at all costs. Unless, of course, getting laid is not on your V-Day agenda. Read more »

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In this month’s issue of Philadelphia magazine, Jessica Remo explores “the existential crisis of the smartphone generation.” In short, she wonders when the heck we started caring more about our lives on social media than our lives in the real world. There’s plenty of articles that will expand upon the evils of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and whatever other social network pops up overnight—Vine, anyone?—but for news junkies and knowledge lovers, social media changes the way we consume information. Philadelphia, like most other major media cities, has active Twitter users spreading the word about what’s happening all across our region. Here is an unranked list of who does it the most, and the best: Philly’s most influential Tweeters. Read more »

Stock Up on Beer for the First Official Puppy Bowl Drinking Game

It’s coming! It’s coming! The biggest sporting event of the year! No, not the Farmers Insurance Open. (Though, hats off, Tiger.) Not the World Series. (Gosh, do you know anything about when sports happen?) Not the Super Bowl. (Meh.) It’s almost time for Puppy Bowl IX, the triumphant face-off of skills, spirit and itty-bitty wittle puppy faces. Read more »

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