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If You’re Not Enraged Enough to Act, the Starbucks Arrest Video Is Just Black Trauma Porn

To be Black in America is to be, as renowned scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois once put it, a problem. Black people have forever […]

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Carrying Naloxone While Black: When Saving a Life Could Cost Me My Own

Not all Good Samaritans are seen the same way. A few summers ago, high temperatures caused a wave of heat-related illnesses and deaths across Philadelphia. I was […]

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Penn’s New Food Hall: $10 Ice Cream and a Slice of Gentrification

The last place at the heart of Penn’s campus that unashamedly included the neighborhood is gone. The Moravian Food Court, once a lively social hub […]

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Thank You, Philadelphia. We Amplified Philly.

Less than two weeks ago, a group of Philadelphians — representing more than 40 different companies and organizations — packed their bags, boarded planes and […]

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Philly’s Soda Tax: When Will Kenney — or Council — Fix This Hot Mess?

It’s hard to shake the feeling sometimes that Philadelphia’s beverage tax is the slowest governmental bait-and-switch in history. Back in 2016, as the possible spoils […]

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Dear Philly Startup Community: Black Women Are Not Here to Save You

This week, Philly Startup Leaders welcomed marketing guru Kiera Smalls as its new and second-ever executive director. Across social media, people in Philly’s startup, tech and government communities congratulated […]

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Five Ways Mayor Kenney Can Shore Up the Budget Without Tax Hikes

Read my lips: More new taxes.  That’s basically what Mayor Jim Kenney said on Thursday during his annual budget proposal. As with most of his […]

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How Racial Bias Is Skewing the Gun Control Debate

Fact: If Black people were to legally purchase assault rifles en masse this week, gun control would come up for a vote next week. That’s […]

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What Philly Can Learn From Miami’s BlackTech Week

This month I had the opportunity to speak at Miami’s 2018 BlackTech Week for the first time, and after the experience, it’s clear that Philadelphia, […]

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Krasner’s First Real Test: How He Handles “Tainted Cops” List

Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens feel gaslighted for their distrust of local law enforcement. Every time a specific case occurs that provides clear evidence of either […]

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Should Wing Bowl Die With an Eagles Super Bowl Victory?

Do you think Wing Bowl should end if our underdog Eagles beat those cheating bastards from New England on Sunday? I found myself pondering this […]

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If Opioids Are a Public Health Crisis, Let’s Admit the Crack Epidemic Was Too

Growing up, I was taught that people addicted to drugs were criminals who should be jailed for their poor judgment. This was in the ’90s, […]

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The Eagles Won Big Sunday Night, and So Did White Privilege

Let’s just get this out the way: The Eagles, once pegged as underdogs, are going to the Super Bowl. I might have cared two years […]

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Repeat After Me: Donald Trump Is Racist.

Surprise: Donald Trump is racist, and probably has been for most of his life. On Thursday evening, when news broke that Trump called El Salvador, […]

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Larry Krasner’s Social Justice Warrior Pass Is Hereby Revoked

One of most annoying things about the post-election/pre-inauguration cycle is the endless rounds of public celebration. Next to the fans of Super Bowl champions, I […]