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The Best Thing That Happened This Week: A Winner in Wawa vs. Sheetz!

It’s been busy days lately for Wawa. In addition to the convenience chain’s announcement that it was closing its big Center City store at Broad and […]

City Life

I’m Tired of Black Leaders Being Brought in to Clean Up White People’s Messes

We all know how the story goes: White person gets job that a Black person would have been better suited for. White person screws up […]

City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: A Win for a William Penn Oak Tree

Life moves so fast these days that history might as well be a will-o’-the-wisp, here one instant, gone the next. There are still a few […]

City Life

For African Americans and Jewish Americans, the Fight for Justice Is Inextricably Linked

The history of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People finds a common bond between African Americans and Jewish Americans […]

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What a College Trip to Israel Taught Me About Racism and Anti-Semitism

It was billed to me as “the trip of a lifetime.” In the summer of 2012, I received an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel hosted by […]

Keir Bradford-Grey
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Provide Opportunity and Safety for Our Children

Keir Bradford-Grey, 46, of East Oak Lane, is chief defender/executive director at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. When I was growing up in Boston, the wealth […]

Megan Malachi
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Look Like the Abolition of White Supremacy

Megan Malachi, 39, of Germantown, is an educator and organizer with Philly for R.E.A.L. Justice. My Black Philly is an abolitionist one. I was born […]

Cathy Harris
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Feature Public Art That Reflects the Community

Cathy Harris, 59, of Wynnefield, is director of community murals at Mural Arts Philadelphia. I first joined Mural Arts Philadelphia 18 years ago. I remember my […]

Jordan A. Harris
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Look Like Real Policy Change

Jordan A. Harris, 36, of Grays Ferry, is the state Representative and Democratic caucus whip for the 2019-’20 legislative session. For years, I’ve seen the […]

Erica Wilkins
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Be Empowered and Equipped to Heal

Erica Wilkins of West Philadelphia is a licensed marriage and family therapist and associate professor and program director of the Couple and Family Therapy master’s […]

Gabriel Bryant
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Look Like Ownership and Economic Justice

Gabriel Bryant, 41, of East Oak Lane, is organizer and youth advocate for groups that have included Sankofa Community Empowerment and Philadelphia Community Bail Fund. Philadelphia […]

Leslie D. Callahan
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Embrace Spiritual Diversity and Model Equity

Leslie D. Callahan, 50, of West Philadelphia, is senior pastor at St. Paul’s Baptist Church. Nearly two decades ago, when I was determining where I […]

Roberto Thornton
City Life

What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Shouldn’t Be a Choice Between Facing Racism or Transphobia

Roberto Thornton, 31, of Southwest Philly, is an investment operations analyst. I drew a blank when thinking of what being Black in Philly should look […]

City Life

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Hooray for Lawyers!

We know, we know; we hate lawyers as much as the next guy. Maybe more so — we have some in our family. But we […]

City Life

In Praise of the City Government About-Face

Lately, lots of politicians have been changing their minds. Take Jim Kenney: In the last month and a half alone, the Mayor has pivoted from […]