LGBTQ&A: Clay Cane

Clay Cane

Clay Cane is a New York City–based award-winning journalist, author, television personality, documentary filmmaker, and contributor. Cane is the creator and director of the critically acclaimed original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. We chatted with the Philadelphia native on his career, identity, and debut memoir.

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Meet the Philly Student Magazine That Just Got Credentialed to Cover the DNC

The Motivos teams at Taller Puertorriqueño's Meet the Author series. Courtesy of Jenée Chizick-Agüero

The Motivos teams at Taller Puertorriqueño’s Meet the Author series. Courtesy of Jenée Chizick-Agüero

If this freaky electoral season has given us anything to be certain about, it is that diversity and inclusion are still quite an issue in our country.

From Donald Trump’s exclusion of Mexicans and Muslims from the “we” that is supposed to describe America, to Hillary Clinton’s inability to convince young Bernie voters that the mainstream Democratic Party is inclusive enough to welcome them and their core issues — the United States is going through what amounts to an identity crisis.

And, for better or worse, that identity crisis — at least the Democratic side of it — will be in evidence at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

But it won’t manifest in the media coverage. Or at least not in all of the media coverage. Motivos — a bilingual magazine staffed and produced by college and graduating high school-age journalists and headquartered West Poplar Community Center in Fairmount — just received notice of preliminary credentialing to cover the Democratic National Convention.

Unexpected. And unexpectedly inclusive.  Read more »

WATCH: Tina Fey Announces Temple Scholarship, Shouts Out Philly on Fallon

Tina Fey announced a Temple University School of Media and Communication scholarship honoring her late father, Donald Fey, last night on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

“My dad served in Korea and he also was a journalist at the beginning of his career,” Fey said in the announcement. “After he came back from Korea, he went to Temple University — Philly! Right? – Temple University School of Journalism.” The Roots cheered the hometown shout-out.

Donald Fey, who died in October, studied journalism at Temple in the 1960s after returning from military service in Korea. The Donald H. Fey Memorial Scholarship is for returning veterans who want to study journalism.  Read more »

What Acel Moore Meant to Journalism — in Philadelphia and Beyond

Acel Moore. Photo | NABJ Facebook

Acel Moore. Photo | NABJ Facebook

The Civil Rights Movement and the riots that swept through dozens of American cities in the 1960s also exposed a hole in mainstream newsrooms across the land.

The white reporters and editors who staffed those newsrooms had little knowledge of the people who fueled the movement or the communities that erupted in rage.

To make matters worse, many of those reporters and editors didn’t know how much they didn’t know, because there was no one in their universe to tell them.

The Philadelphia Inquirer was fortunate to hire someone early on who could. That person was Acel Moore, who spent his entire career at the paper and died this past Friday at age 75. Read more »

Columbia Journalism School’s Damning Report on That UVA Rape Story

The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

Last night, the report by the team assigned by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to dissect what went wrong in Rolling Stone‘s story of a rape at the University of Virginia was made public. The 12,000-word result is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of magazine journalism, and a cautionary tale that anyone reporting on controversial subjects — or reading about them — would do well to check out.

The author of the Rolling Stone story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, once wrote for Philadelphia magazine; I worked with and liked and admired her then, and I feel the same way now. But parts of the Columbia report are difficult to read. Read more »

Kane Grand Jury: Scale Back Reporters’ Shield Law Because Our Job Was Hard

A new grand jury report is calling for weakening the Pennsylvania “Shield Law” that protects journalists from being forced to reveal their confidential sources. Why, you wonder? Surely there must be a good reason for undermining the freedom of the press, right?


The report was provided to the news media by a special prosecutor investigating allegations that Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaked material from a different grand jury to the Philadelphia Daily News. Earlier this month, the special prosecutor subpoenaed two journalists at the Philadelphia Inquirer to try to uncover their sources for a report that a grand jury had recommended charges against Kane. The Inky fought back by invoking Pennsylvania’s awesome Shield Law, one of the strongest in our country.

And now the grand jury wants to blow a hole through that law, by adding a “criminal-fraud” exception for grand jury proceedings. Translation: If someone allegedly violates grand-jury secrecy rules while providing information a reporter, that reporter could be compelled to reveal their source.

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Dear Village Voice: Please Correct Your Cool C Execution Story

Rapper Cool C

In the early morning hours on Wednesday, New York’s Village Voice newspaper published a story stating that former Philadelphia rapper Cool C was to be executed by Pennsylvania on Thursday for the 1996 murder of Philadelphia police officer Lauretha Vaird.

The story, “Rapper Cool C Slated for Execution on Thursday,” by Voice writer and rapper Chaz Kangas, became the top-trending Facebook story — at least in Philadelphia — by the early afternoon.

Countless news outlets, blogs (including one of Philly Mag’s) and the like picked it up and ran with it. Read more »

Neshaminy School Board Member Wanted Newspaper Editors Prosecuted


We’ve told you before about the administrators at Neshaminy High School in Bucks County. Last year, student editors at The Playwickian banned the word “Redskins” from the newspaper. That’s the school’s nickname, and previous editors of the awesomely-named paper had banned it with little controversy.

Not this time. The school board has consistently attempted to force the newspaper to print the nickname, eventually settling on forcing the paper to print the word in op-eds. The district even suspended a faculty member who advised the paper, and suspended the paper’s editor from her gig for a month.

At least one board member wanted more. According to an email posted by VICE Sports this week, board member Stephen Pirritano wanted the student editors arrested and prosecuted.

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Journalism Critics Question Philadelphia Daily News Cover


Oh, yeah, we should probably make note of this Daily News cover today. The paper has a 2,700-word piece on sex slavery in Philadelphia. A lot of it is harrowing — a pimp named King Kobra would “send the young women who worked for him into the Gallery at Market East to try to recruit new girls,” Morgan Zalot writes — and yet it has to share space on the cover with Sexy Singles. With Sexy Singles Day 2: The Swimsuit Edition. There’s not even a Monkee in it this year!

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Staphmeal Blogger Needs Scooter, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

joshua-scott-albert-400You probably know Joshua Scott Albert better as Staphmeal, the foul-mouthed once-anonymous blogger who attacked restaurateurs like Marc Vetri and Georges Perrier with his words and eventually got arrested for threatening cops. Well, these days, when he’s not entertaining offers to throw mud at Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush, Albert is taking pictures and chasing news stories. Read more »

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