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Defending Bill Cosby Does Nothing to Protect Black Men

On Tuesday afternoon, I, like the rest of America, was on the edge of my seat awaiting the conclusion of Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing. After […]

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The Real Trouble With Trigger Warnings

Trigger warning: The op-ed you’re about to read might make you feel uncomfortable about your privilege, upset at the troublesome society we live in, and […]

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I Could Have Been Michael White

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this column incorrectly stated that Michael White does not have a criminal record. According to court records, he was […]

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How the “Stand With Meek Mill” Movement Got Hijacked

What had the potential to become a powerful disruption to our justice system has become an all-star farce. On Monday, as fans and organizers united […]

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I Went to See Aunt Mary Pat Last Night. This Isn’t What Philly Drag Should Be.

This commentary has been updated. If Roseanne Barr were to perform in Fishtown, I suspect she would draw the same type of audience who showed up […]

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Think the Supreme Court Cake Ruling Is Bad? In Pa., It’s So Much Worse

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court disrupted what was beginning to be a joyful LGBTQ Pride month. In a 7-2 decision, the nation’s highest court […]

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OPINION: I Was Discriminated Against by American Airlines

Like most Americans, I hate the airport. But while many simply loathe the hustle and bustle of traveling, black passengers often experience racial profiling when we’re […]

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OPINION: Let’s Make History and Abolish Columbus Day in Philly

When news broke last month that Los Angeles was joining Seattle and Denver in removing Columbus Day from its city calendar, I looked to see what […]

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OPINION: “Stronger Together” Is Keeping Us Apart

If you give a damn about social justice issues in 2017, you most certainly have heard the phrase “stronger together.” And, most likely, your first […]

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A Black Face in a White Space: My Four Years at Penn

My first day of class at the University of Pennsylvania was an introduction unlike anything I could have predicted. It was my fourth day living […]

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OPINION: Philly Isn’t Charlottesville. It’s Worse.

“Who is more racist: The North or the South?” That is the age-old question I’m often asked when I tell people I moved to Philly […]

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OPINION: White People, Only You Can Stop the Next Charlottesville

The moment I came out of the womb, I already had two strikes against me: being black and gay in a nation that continues to […]

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OPINION: Now Isn’t the Time for Marginalized People to Compromise

This week has shown marginalized communities that our adversaries are still alive and well. On Wednesday, President Trump announced plans to ban transgender individuals from […]

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OPINION: Philly Millennials Need to Up Their Game

Disclaimer: This is not another hit piece by a Boomer or Generation X-er targeting millennials — this one is by a millennial. While the rest […]

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The Inquirer and Daily News Don’t Know How to Talk About Racism

As a black man in Philadelphia, telling me that racists exist in the city is like reminding me that oxygen is in the atmosphere. I […]