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American Slavery: Maliciously Born 395 Years Ago on August 20th and Markedly Raised in Philly

A version of this article ran last year. As you take your lunch break tomorrow in Center City, stroll over to Front and Market where […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr.

A version of this story ran last October. On October 10, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., 81-year-old Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr. passed away. “So what?” […]

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MOVE Would Have Never Happened in a White Neighborhood

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

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10 Things You Should Know About Thomas Jefferson* Before You Tour ‘Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello’

This week, the National Constitution Center opened the doors to Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, its six month-long exhibition about Thomas Jefferson. And to my surprise, […]

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Gil Scott-Heron, Godfather of Hip-Hop, Would Have Been 65

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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End Black History Month Now

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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What Philadelphia Lost When it Lost Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr.

On this past Thursday at 8:30 a.m., 81-year-old Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr. passed away. “So what?” you ask. “What’s the big deal?” you ask. […]

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American Slavery Was Born 394 Years Ago on Tuesday

A version of this article ran last year. As you take your lunch break tomorrow in Center City, stroll over to Front and Market where […]

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How 3,000 Desecrated Black Graves Were Found, and Saved, in South Philly

What if 3,000 Italian or Irish or Jewish or Polish men, women and children from one of the most pivotal periods of American history were […]

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America Is Soft on Terrorism

The cowardly murderous attack on innocent and defenseless men, women and children at the Boston Marathon on April 15th was terrorism. Accordingly, if preliminary reports […]

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Philly Mag’s “Being White in Philly” Is Really Being Wrong in Philly

Robert Huber, a writer-at-large at Philadelphia magazine, wrote a cover story this month titled “Being White in Philly.” Although both he and the story were […]

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How Philadelphia Will Celebrate Watch Night/Freedom’s Eve

On December 31, 1862, at around 7 p.m., enslaved black men, women and children unknowingly created something that cultural historians would later refer to as […]

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5 Reasons Not to Vote for Obama (and 10 Reasons to Vote Against Romney)

Let me confess—or brag—that I am a Pan-African socialist, which means I support a unified and culturally conscious Africa that has an economic system that […]

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Speaking of Cutting Off People’s Hands, Happy Columbus Day!

Imagine, if you will, that the man who murdered your entire family, raped your daughter, sister, and mother before killing them, tortured your son, brother, […]

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Apparently, No One at PHA Has Seen Poltergeist

At 301 West Queen Lane, which intersects with Pulaski Avenue, a “Burial place for all … Negroes … and Mulattoes as they Die in any […]