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City Life

Vaxathon Reveals There’s More to the Narrative About Black Americans and the COVID Vaccine

As the saying goes: If you build it, they will come — and last weekend, with its 24-hour “Vaxathon,” the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium built […]

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City Life

Kenney Must Do More Than “Acknowledge” Philly’s Gun-Violence Emergency

A lot was made of Mayor Jim Kenney’s meeting with anti-gun-violence hunger striker Jamal Johnson this past Friday, and I’m still wondering why. The scene […]

Philly police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who was the subject of threats by Peter Fratus, according to the FBI
City Life

Don’t Abuse Identity Politics to Defend Danielle Outlaw

Right now, I can’t get the words of legendary Black writer and Harlem Renaissance fixture Zora Neale Hurston out of my head: “All my skinfolk […]

City Life

Why Is Philly In Such a Mess Right Now? Because Our Politicians Have Lost Their Souls

“We need leaders with the courage to risk the thing that matters most to them: their own jobs,” former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell wrote in […]

face masks
City Life

One Reason I Hope We Never Stop Wearing Masks

Last year, I opened an email from someone I had met in person exactly once. She was responding to a work-related inquiry I’d sent. “I […]

City Life

New Report Makes It Crystal Clear: Kenney and Outlaw Both Need to Resign for Violating Human Rights

When I first called for Mayor Jim Kenney to resign last summer following initial revelations that the city mishandled Black Lives Matter protests, I was […]

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Foobooz

I Learned to Love Outdoor Winter Dining — and You Can, Too

For the most part, the rhythms of life that defined my pre-COVID existence have disappeared, suppressed by months of anxiety, grief, frustration and restaurant shutdowns. […]

City Life

I Took a COVID-19 Vaccine Selfie. Then the Questions Came Pouring In.

On Saturday, I walked into Deliverance Church in North Philly and got my first of two injections of COVID-19 vaccine. A few days earlier, I […]

City Life

After Trump Insurrection, the Need for Newsroom Diversity Couldn’t Be More Obvious

It’s been a week and a day since a mob of domestic terrorists stormed the Capitol Building. Six people died as a result of the […]

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Be Well Philly

I’m Bad at Journaling, but a Memory Jar Helps Me Stay Grounded

Welcome to Ritual, Be Well Philly’s column of essays about the low-tech, inefficient things we do that pleasurably slow us down. From taking the long […]

City Life

Philadelphia’s Homicide Rate Hit a Record High. Now Can We Get Serious About Defunding Police?

At the start of a new year in Philly, I’ve come to expect two initial headaches: the Mummers doing something stupid, and another disappointing annual […]

City Life

10 Philly Comforts We Hope to See Again in 2021

Now that 2020 is in the books, it’s time to start planning for a better 2021. Among the many hardships of 2020 was the way […]

City Life

2020 in Review: These Are the People and Things I’m Grateful For in a Challenging Year

While stocking up on last-minute groceries at Whole Foods this week, I got my privilege checked. As I was wrapping up a call, I began […]

Foobooz

5 Dining Resolutions for a Better, Healthier, More Delicious 2021

Around this time each year, we put together a list of dining resolutions. With age comes wisdom, ya know? We learn about predatory delivery apps […]

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City Life

2020 in Review: 11 Winners (and No Losers) from Philly’s Strange Year

Now that 2020 is (mercifully) more or less behind us, it’s time to take a look back at the year that was. Around here, that […]