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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 […]

City Life

Citizens of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, Push Your Leaders to Get Election Day Right

The past four months have presented us with a series of careening crises. Another potential crisis looms large, but we know this one’s coming, and […]

City Life

I’m Done Reasoning With COVID Safety Violators Who Have a Death Wish

Over the weekend, I didn’t celebrate America’s birthday, but that of my best friend. Five friends and I dared to do something we hadn’t done […]

City Life

Karens Are Dangerous. We Need to Cancel Karen Culture Now

Because hell hath no fury like a mildly inconvenienced middle-aged Caucasian lady, the Internet gave this genus of white privilege a name: Karen. In Internet […]

City Life

Yesterday’s Police Press Conference Wasn’t Accountability. It Was Crisis P.R.

When the Philadelphia Police Department tear-gassed protesters on the I-676 highway on June 1st, the third day of demonstrations in Philadelphia over the death of […]

City Life

Mayor Jim Kenney Should Resign After the City’s Gross Violation of Civil Rights

On a sunny Monday afternoon, a group of diverse, peaceful protesters is marching together, demanding justice for Black lives. They engage in collective chants, hold […]

City Life

Kenney Said Vigilantism “Will Not Be Tolerated.” So Why Is He Still Tolerating It?

As I scrolled through videos on Tuesday of indignant white men wielding weapons at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia, I recalled something Mayor Jim Kenney […]