CollectionsAfrican American
IN THE NEWS

African American

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
July 2, 1991 | BY REGINALD H. HOLDER
There has been a lot of discussion about how Ed Rendell's victory in the May primary constituted a signal of the maturation of the African-American electorate as evidenced by the fact that in a citywide campaign a white candidate could win an election where African-American voters had the option of choosing between two black candidates. I don't buy it. What Rendell's victory represented was more of the same old politics as usual, divide and conquer when it comes to the African-American vote.
NEWS
August 8, 1994 | BY MARY MASON
Where were dozens of newspaper articles, columns and feature stories as well as radio and television commentaries about Mayor W. Wilson Goode's responsibility to appease his African-American supporters because he was Philadelphia's first African-American mayor. Racial references were dominant in virtually every story about local politics and government during Goode's tenure. Columnist Jill Porter did not write that the portrayal of Goode as an African- American, appeasing other African-Americans, was racially offensive.
NEWS
January 30, 2008 | By GLORIA CAMPISI campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935 Daily News Staff writer Christine Olley contributed to this report
Pennsylvania dropped from first to second place in 2005 in the number of African-American citizens murdered - many of them young and most killed with guns, according to a study of the latest data available, the Violence Policy Center announced yesterday. Missouri knocked us out of the No. 1 spot - but only by a little more than one-half percent. According to an analysis of FBI data by the Violence Policy Center, Missouri recorded 32.79 African-American homicide victims per 100,000 in 2005.
NEWS
June 7, 2006
AS AN African-American who listens to sports-talk radio, I often wonder where is the diversity and difference of opinion when African-American athletes like Barry Bonds are constantly ridiculed. The majority of callers say Bonds should have an asterisk next to his name for breaking Babe Ruth's record after allegations that Bonds may have used steroids. How come these callers never say there should be an asterisk next to Ruth's name because he didn't play against African-American athletes?
NEWS
December 24, 2002
IN THE Dec. 12 edition, we were asked to vote for our favorite Eagles cheerleader squad. Why in a city with an African-American mayor, fire commissioner, police commissioner, where the majority of residents are African-American, with an Eagles team that is at least 75 percent African-American, and the star player (Donovan McNabb) is also African- American - why is this cheerleading squad about 10 percent African-American? Did my black sisters not show up for the audition? T. Parker Sicklerville, N.J. The unplowed Northeast I was so relieved to read that Frank Keel got home safely to Montgomery County during the city's latest snowstorm.
SPORTS
April 17, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
At 9-1, the Dodgers own the top record in the majors and are off to their best start since 1981. They also, if replays are worth anything, got a huge gift Sunday night in a 5-4 win over San Diego. The Dodgers killed a Padre rally in the top of the ninth with the first 2-5-6-3 double play in major-league history. With two on in a 4-4 game, San Diego's Jesus Guzman squared to bunt, but Javy Guera's pitch came high and tight and hit Guzman's bat as he backed up from the pitch.
NEWS
February 11, 1992 | by Ed Voves, Special to the Daily News
In 1865, a lynch mob tried to seize an African-American man named Louis Wells from the Carrollton, Ala., courthouse. The mob suddenly dispersed as a lightning storm struck. Wells' body was found the next morning on the upper story of the courthouse; he was the victim of a lightning bolt. The outline of his face was etched onto the pane of glass through which he peered at the moment of his death. The uncanny incident at Carrollton Courthouse is described in George Cantor's "Historic Black Landmarks: A Traveler's Guide" (Visible Ink Press/ $17.95)
NEWS
May 18, 1989 | BY DON WILLIAMSON
The television set almost went out the window Tuesday night. New York City Mayor Ed Koch was on ABC's "Nightline. " The topic was the crime, violence and early burials that have made young African-American males an endangered species. The issue made national television because of the recent brutal, senseless beating and rape of a woman jogger in Central Park. The woman was a young white investment banker. Her attackers were African- American teen-age boys out for a night of "wilding," which included beating an innocent victim with a lead pipe until her head split open and blood ran from her eyes.
NEWS
April 13, 1990 | BY CHUCK STONE
Dear Chuck: You've always been a good friend of the Irish and our family looks forward to your St. Patrick's Day column. You listed some of your Irish co-workers. My friend, Jim Smith, was omitted. He is a true son of the sod. His mother was born in the county of Donegal and his father was born in the county of Leitrim. You can't get any more Irish than that, wouldn't you agree? Sincerely, Dooley Hennessy Agreed. The Jim Smith family is so Irish they can hold their own St. Patrick's Day parade!
NEWS
February 28, 1994
WHY BLACK HISTORY? A co-worker and I were talking about mandatory black history classes in the schools. My co-worker, who is white, said if this were implemented, the Polish, Irish, Italian and every other ethnic group would expect the same. And secondly, it wouldn't be cost-effective. I explained that the blacks who came here weren't immigrants who brought their culture along. Blacks, brought here in chains, were stripped of their language, culture, religion and history.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
NEWS
July 3, 2015
NOW YOU SEE them, now you don't. Philadelphia has Mystique the Magician and Derek Lee of D&J Entertainment. But not a whole lot of other African-Americans make their living doing magic tricks. "Finding an African-American magician is like finding a needle in a haystack," Ran 'D Shine, 45, of Mount Airy, told me earlier this week. "We are out there, but it's hard to find us. " Come Saturday, it won't be hard at all. Five black magicians will perform at Shine's "Heart and Soul of Magic" show at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 12th and Market streets.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Misty Copeland made ballet history Tuesday: She was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She is the first African American ballerina to achieve the highest rank at a premiere American company. Her promotion followed more than a week of "Misty Watch," which had ballet fans around the country speculating and hoping that Copeland, a hugely popular presence on stage, on social media, and in pop culture, was on the brink of achievement. Three female ABT principals - Julie Kent, Paloma Herrera, and Xiomara Reyes - retired in the spring, opening up room at the top. The time seemed particularly ripe after Copeland made her momentous June 24 ABT debut as white swan Odette and black swan Odile, the bifurcated lead in Swan Lake , often referred to as a "white ballet.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Kenney, the what-you-see-is-what-you-get candidate, said you are going to get even more if he is elected mayor of Philadelphia in November. The former city councilman who engineered reduced penalties for minor marijuana possession pledged that police would stop issuing citations altogether for that offense: "It is a waste of time. It is a waste of money. " The critic of Mayor Nutter's distant relationship with City Council said that as mayor, he would invite Council President Darrell L. Clarke to seat his own financial experts at the table when the yearly budget is built.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the Democratic primary for mayor five days away, former City Councilman James F. Kenney visited a predominantly African American neighborhood Thursday to pick up the endorsement of City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. Add Clarke to the list of influential African American elected officials backing Kenney, who is white, including Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco and State Rep. Dwight Evans. And there was also this on Thursday: The president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity praised Kenney while saying State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, who is African American, had botched his shot at becoming the city's next mayor.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
With just over two weeks left until the Democratic mayoral primary, Britton Stewart's vote is still up for grabs. "The candidates all seem to have a lot to offer," the 47-year-old social worker from West Oak Lane said. "I just don't have a favorite yet. I have a little time. " That should keep more than one campaign manager up at night. Not that Stewart's ballot counts more than anyone else's. Rather, he is emblematic of other African American voters - who are expected to significantly influence the outcome of the May 19 primary - yet to decide whom to support.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JUNE 13, 2008, was a Friday - Friday the 13th - a day that lurks in the minds of the superstitious as a time when the evil forces that interfere with our destinies get free reign. Be that as it may, that particular Friday the 13th was bad news for hundreds of African-American parents because it was the day their cherished private school was forced to close. Ivy Leaf School, which began providing an education for African-American students at a reasonable cost from its founding in 1965, succumbed to economic forces beyond its control.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams wanted to make one thing clear: The eight politicians he had gathered outside on a gusty, drizzly Thursday were not there because of James F. Kenney. Williams, a Democrat running for mayor, insisted he was not reacting to the news Monday that fellow candidate Kenney had been endorsed by a group of prominent African American elected officials and ward leaders known as the Northwest Coalition. Kenney, who resigned from City Council in January to run in the May 19 Democratic primary election for mayor, is white.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Dwight Evans stood before a roomful of Democratic committee people Monday and reminded the party workers of the last time he brought an unexpected candidate around with his endorsement. "Nobody knew who Tom Wolf was in January 2014," Evans told the crowd at Relish Restaurant in West Oak Lane. "Nobody had a clue. " The reference to the current governor was a not-so-subtle nod to Evans' political savvy and a fitting prelude to what came next, when Evans and a quartet of other prominent African American elected officials from the city's Northwest endorsed James F. Kenney for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The other shoe has dropped. American Cities, the independent expenditure group backing State Sen. Anthony Williams for mayor, has launched a television ad campaign said to be worth $560,000. American Cities joins two other independent groups - both supporting one of Williams' five rivals, former City Councilman James F. Kenney - in what is expected to become an increasingly acerbic air war to determine who will be the Democratic nominee for mayor of Philadelphia. The groups supporting Kenney - Building a Better Pennsylvania and Forward Philadelphia - have already been running ads on behalf of Kenney.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|