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Here’s What Happened When I Turned the Tables on a Street Harasser

It was a Friday morning in Center City that was off to a good start. Then things got tense. I had wrapped up a monthly […]

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The Worst of Philly 2021: From Fraudulent Hoagies to Headhouse Square to Ben Simmons

Every year since 1974, Philly Mag has published the Best of Philly: the people, places and things we want to lift up and celebrate. Things […]

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Mayor Jim Kenney Doesn’t Care About Black People

In 2005, during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, rapper Kanye West declared on national television that “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” It was […]

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ICYMI, Philly Police Made Sure to Defend the Free Speech of White Supremacists

On the night before your July 4th cookout, nearly 200 masked white supremacists armed with shields, flags and banners flocked to Center City to throw […]

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Philly’s New Budget Makes It Clear City Hall Will Never Defund the Police

As the saying goes, “Don’t believe the hype,” especially when it comes to the Philly police budget. After all that talk of criminal justice reform […]

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Helen Gym and Kenyatta Johnson, Grandstand Less and Legislate More

Having grown up in the South, I’ve never forgotten a piece of wisdom from my elders: “Know your role, play your part.” In a democracy, […]

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We Have a Chance to Create the Philly Pride Celebration We Truly Deserve

It’s very rare that community demands are met with swift and immediate action — but in a racial-uprising/pandemic era, the game has changed. A few […]

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I’m Boycotting the Philly Pride Parade Until It’s Under New Leadership

A year ago, racial uprisings across America during Pride Month made LGBTQIA people realize how much work is left to do in our community when […]

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Why Am I Not More Excited That Philadelphia Is Finally Reopening?

June was supposed to be the month when everything changed. I was looking forward a red-carpet kickoff to Hot Vax Summer, one filled with maskless […]

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Stop Assuming Black People Won’t Spend $100 at Dinner — and Look Amazing Doing So

“Black people like nice shit,” one of my best friends said while we were vacationing in my hometown of Houston. “What are these folks talking […]

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Why I Don’t Have a Problem With Steak 48’s $100 Minimum Dining Fee

One way to tell that restaurants are coming back: Restaurant drama is breaking out online. Take the debate raging in Philadelphia over the new policies […]

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Four Major Takeaways From the Philadelphia Democratic Primary

The Philadelphia Democratic primary election resulted in a big win for progressive candidates. District Attorney Larry Krasner’s landslide victory over former prosecutor Carlos Vega was […]

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Philadelphia Owes the MOVE Survivors Reparations, Not Just An Apology

On the 36th anniversary of the tragic MOVE bombing — a city-authorized bombing and burning of a Black neighborhood in West Philadelphia that killed 11 people, […]

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How to Have a Hot Vax Summer and Be COVID-Safe, Too

“The streets are calling,” one of my best friends texted me last week when Governor Wolf announced that all statewide COVID mitigation restrictions (other than […]

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Philly Needs More Ice-Cream Shops

Philly used to be an ice cream town. We practically invented American-style ice cream (which uses a custard base without eggs, unlike French-style). A hundred […]