Four years ago, after calling out the controversial arrests of two Black men at a Rittenhouse Starbucks, Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene co-founded From Privilege to Progress to “desegregate the public conversation about race and racism.” Today, they’re no longer on speaking terms as they negotiate dissolving their nonprofit.
Back in the day, Philly, like a lot of cities, banked on a revival of its downtown to spark new life. The plan worked fine — for Center City. But now that the pandemic has emptied offices, boomer residents are aging, and millennials are opting for the ’burbs, where do we go from here?
Fifty years after founding their legendary Philadelphia International Records, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, with friends and collaborators from Thom Bell to John Oates to Patti LaBelle, look back on the musical partnership that came to define the city.