Tre Johnson

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When Everything Shut Down, Philly’s Black Community Found New, Revolutionary Ways to Convene

When Odunde and the Roots Picnic were postponed, there came a wave of reimagination that, characteristic of our American experience, took the bad and made something new and good.

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Six of Philly’s Best Writers on How the Past Year Changed the City — and Us All

After a long, unprecedented year, Philadelphia is still standing. We asked these powerful voices to reflect on how their favorite places in the city evolved and endured.

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On Birth of a Nation and Luke Cage

Johnson: We still haven’t fully addressed where we are as a country.

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How Beyonce Made Football a Protest Space

Johnson: And why her show tonight at the Linc will feel different as a result.

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Monday-Morning Quarterbacking Colin Kaepernick’s Protest

Johnson: Debate always revolves around the “how” of the protest, never the “why.”

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What Frank Ocean’s Blond Says About Living — and Loving — in the City

Johnson: The follow-up to Channel Orange is all about walls.

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What Simone Manuel’s Gold Medal Comments Say About Race in America

Johnson: There’s no compartmentalizing your experience when you’re so intimately familiar with injustice.

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The Two Big Ironies in David Clarke’s RNC Speech

Johnson: And why his quoting of MLK is especially — and grotesquely — off base.

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What Hillary and the New Ghostbusters Have in Common

Johnson: Like the presumptive Democratic nominee, the much-anticipated remake is fighting 30 years of legacy, and a public that can’t get past gender.

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The Most Excruciating Black Pain

Johnson: Where we once had still photos of hanging black men, we now have graphic videos of shootings of black men.

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After Latest Freddie Gray Acquittal, All I Feel Is Numb

Johnson: We’ve been here before. And the outcome was never really in question.

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Orlando, Charleston Were Hateful Attacks on Safe Spaces

Johnson: Why protecting marginalized communities and sanctuary spaces is more crucial than ever.

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Muhammad Ali’s Biggest Fight Continues

Johnson: More than our greatest prize fighter; Ali was America’s greatest champion for social justice.

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Lemonade Stand: What Beyoncé Will Be Bringing to the Linc

Johnson: What to expect when the world’s biggest pop star takes the pulpit in South Philly.

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How Madonna Got That Prince Tribute Wrong

Johnson: Hollywood has it right, the music industry has it wrong.