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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 […]

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Not Enthusiastic About Voting for Either Larry Krasner or Carlos Vega? You’re Not Alone.

With less than two weeks to go before the Democratic primary, I cut the suspense in my household by casting my mail-in vote. Voting for […]

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Dear White People: Wanna DM Me on the Latest Racist Outrage? Read This First

Last week’s Derek Chauvin guilty verdict was a bittersweet moment for Black people in America. I felt a temporary sense of relief that some form […]

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Philly Needs a Much Bolder Approach to Gun Violence. Here Are Three Big Ideas

As we witness the worst gun violence the city has seen in more than 50 years, Mayor Jim Kenney has committed to spending just 0.67 […]

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The Pandemic Will End. Our Respect for Service Workers Should Not

Last weekend, my fiancé and I went to the movies together for the first time since the pandemic started. From the time we began dating, […]