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Your Guide to Visiting Long Beach Island in the Fall

The handful of towns that dot this slender 18-mile barrier island offer a taste of everything: majestic hotels and tiny B&Bs, briny beach cafes and […]

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City Life

Ignore the Rankings: Why the Best School for Your Kid Is Probably the One in Your Neighborhood

It can be very hard to be in the minority in a social or professional setting. Those in the majority may look askance at you, […]

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City Life

The 40 Top-Rated Public High Schools in Philadelphia and the Suburbs

Many factors should go into choosing a school for your child. Here are the top performers in the city and suburbs when it comes to […]

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City Life

Scott Gabriel Knowles Is on a Quest to Understand What the Pandemic Reveals About Americans

Scott Gabriel Knowles, the head of the history department at Drexel University and an expert on disasters, found himself in an intense public discussion with […]

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City Life

10 Ways to Create Less Waste at Home

This article was originally published in our April 2020 print issue as a part of a guide to living a zero waste lifestyle. Given the […]

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How Ala Stanford Became a Champion for the Health of Black Philadelphians Amid COVID

It was purely by chance that at the very moment Ala Stanford walked into a revival service at a Philly church last summer, a man […]

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City Life

8 Prominent Philadelphians on What Being Black in Philly Should Look Like

There is a sense — here and elsewhere — that the nationwide protests in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis […]

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 […]