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Dear Philly: Stop Patting Yourself On the Back for the Octavius Catto Statue

In case you missed it, the Octavius Catto statue was finally unveiled at City Hall on Tuesday. There were lots of Very Important People. There […]

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I Took on the PPA and Won — and It Might Be Worth Millions to Philly Drivers

If you hate the robbers known as the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and its conspiratorial kangaroo court known as the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA) […]

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Opinion: Five Reasons African-Americans Need to Stop Drinking the Poisonous Clinton Kool-Aid

A version of this column also ran in the Philadelphia Tribune. Black people love “Billary” (i.e., Bill Clinton plus Hillary Clinton equals Billary). But Billary […]

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This Is the Monster Celebrated on Columbus Day

A version of this story ran in 2014. Imagine that a man who tortured, raped and murdered innocent people and then robbed them of their homes […]

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Charles Bowser Deserves to Have a Philly Street Named After Him

A version of this story ran in 2014. Many prominent, as well as not-so-prominent, Philadelphians have important stories to tell about the preeminent Charles W. […]

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In Charleston Church Shooting, America’s Founding Racism Rears its Ugly Head — Again

The media are notorious for name-calling. Let me be even clearer. The racist white media and their racist white viewers, listeners and readers are notorious […]

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MOVE 30: Inside the May 1985 Assault on Osage Avenue

A version of this article was originally published in 2012. On May 13, 1985 at 5:20 p.m., a blue and white Pennsylvania State Police helicopter […]

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My 10-Step Plan for Emancipation From Police Brutality

Municipal police departments, as they are now known, began as slave patrols. In fact, the first official one started in 1704 in the Colony of […]

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Remembering Edward Robinson, Philadelphia’s Great Champion of African Consciousness

A version of this article was published shortly after Robinson’s death in 2012. The birth of Edward Wesley Robinson Jr. on April 24, 1918, in […]

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Gil Scott-Heron, Godfather of Hip-Hop, Would Have Been 66

A version of this article ran on phillymag.com in March 2012. When he first told America in 1970 that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” […]

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It’s Time to End Black History Month

A version of this article ran in February, 2012. Despite being the self-described “Angriest Black Man in America,” I agree with many whites who argue […]

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10 Reasons Cheyney Alumni Are Suing Pennsylvania and the Federal Government

A coalition known as “Heeding Cheyney’s Call” (HCC), which consists of Cheyney University alumni, students, professors, staffers, and retirees, as well as community activists, religious […]

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This Is the Monster We Celebrate on Columbus Day

A version of this story ran in 2012. Imagine, if you will, that the man who murdered your entire family, raped your daughter, sister, and […]

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Remembering the Great Charles Bowser on His 84th Birthday

A version of this story ran in 2010. Many prominent, as well as not-so-prominent, Philadelphians have important stories to tell about the preeminent Charles W. […]

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Nat Turner: Maniacal Murderer or Virtuous Visionary?

A version of this column ran in 2011. October 2, 2014 — or thereabout — will be the 214th birthday of Nat Turner. I say “thereabout” because […]