Opinion

City Life

Philly Politicians Are Condemning Derek Chauvin. Why Are They Silent on Local Police Brutality?

In the wake of the emotional testimony at the start of the Derek Chauvin trial, some of Philadelphia’s most influential and powerful politicians made sure […]

City Life

My Vaccination Card Makes Me Feel Like a VIP

As vaccinations have continued to increase, so has the number of people testing positive for COVID-19. Right now, daily cases are rising by at least […]

City Life

Why Is Larry Krasner Still Tight With Shaun King?

As the Democratic primary race for DA begins to heat up, the incumbent is off to a rocky start. Last Tuesday, community activists disrupted a […]

City Life

The Pandemic Made Me Realize I Hate Everything About My Old Social Life

As vaccinations accelerate across the region, I received my first invitation to a “vaccinated-only” private, in-person networking soirée scheduled for next month. The promise of […]

City Life

The Black Doctors Consortium Is Totally Self-Funded. Imagine What It Could Do With City Support

Black people have always had to make the most with the least. Disenfranchisement in education, health care and social services has historically put us in […]

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 […]

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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 […]