June 18, 2015 |
Before laying my head to rest the other night, Black Twitter blessed me with something magical. Scrolling through my feed, I noticed #unconventionalblackbeauty, a hashtag featuring photos of beautiful black faces. Not much different from #blackoutday, an online movement that celebrated black beauty, right? Wrong. The difference: This was an honest discourse about how we define beauty within the black community. In less than 24 hours, feeds exploded with photos of women and men with full lips, broad noses, and kinky hair.
June 5, 2015 |
Before laying my head to rest last night, Black Twitter blessed me with something magical. Scrolling through my timeline, I noticed the hashtag #unconventionalblackbeauty, featuring photos of beautiful black faces. Not much different from #blackoutday , an online movement that celebrated black beauty, right? Wrong. The difference here was this was an honest discourse about how we define beauty within the black community. And I was so here for it. In less than 24 hours, the hashtag has received a cosign from artist Talib Kweli and timelines exploded with photos of women and men with full lips, broad noses and kinky hair posing with pride.
May 22, 2015 |
Kadiatou Diallo. Valerie Bell. Lesley McSpadden. Wanda Johnson. Carol Gray. Samaria Rice. They are among mothers whose sons have died in police-related violence. At that moment of loss and mourning, says photographer and educator Denise Allen, the media place a microphone in front of these mothers so they can talk about their dead sons. Allen has created "My Son Matters!," a project on display at the Mt. Airy Art Garage until the end of May. Striking portraits of black mothers with their sons decorate the gallery.
May 1, 2015 |
AS THE PRIMARY election season enters its final weeks, mayoral and City Council candidates will promise to solve just about any problem you can think of, especially in poor and disenfranchised communities. A coalition of local black leaders vowed yesterday to make sure those political hopefuls will walk the walk if they get into office. The Philadelphia Black Political Summit Coalition released a 20-page report containing numerous recommendations to improve the lives of minority residents in the city during a news conference at the African American Museum, at 7th and Arch streets.
March 23, 2015 |
On the epic finale of Empire , record mogul Lucious Lyon announced that performers - including Patti LaBelle, Rita Ora, and Snoop Dogg - would donate a percentage of their fees from a benefit concert to Black Lives Matter. It was another example of how - in the shadow of the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers, particularly in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. - current events have seeped into prime time. Television shows often exist in a world in which current events rarely have an effect on the plots.
December 26, 2014 |
MUSLIMS Mobilized Against Police Brutality, a new organization in Philadelphia, expects hundreds of participants at a march and rally tomorrow in Center City. The event, organized by the Muslim Wellness Foundation, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and United Muslim Masjid, will begin at noon at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard. Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, a coordinator, said the demonstration is designed to address police brutality directed against the black community. "Over the course of the last few weeks, we've been talking pointedly and having discussions about the political and social and legal implications of the events around Ferguson and New York and the psychological trauma evident in the black community as a result," she said.
August 26, 2014
I DON'T LIVE in Ferguson, Mo., but I signed the national petition for Gov. Jay Nixon to name a special prosecutor to present evidence to the grand jury in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. My online signature was No. 79,198. Grand juries favor the prosecution, and lawyers joke - although it's not a joke - that grand juries will indict a ham sandwich. It is Officer Darren Wilson who stands to be indicted. St. Louis County lead prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who will supervise the case against Wilson, said he will not step aside, but would not object to the governor appointing a special prosecutor.
May 18, 2014 |
A coalition of about 20 African American community activists announced plans Friday to develop an agenda for reducing poverty in Philadelphia's black community. Known collectively as the Philadelphia Community of Leaders, the group said during a news conference at Laborers District Council headquarters that it planned to address the difficult issue of poverty by focusing on improving education and economic development and reducing violence. The nonprofit group, which includes developers Kenny Gamble and Rahim Islam, lawyer George Burrell, antiviolence activist Bilal Qayyum, and former School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn, also announced it would host its first community conference at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Universal Audenried High School, 3301 Tasker St. The event, which is open to the public, will allow members to present their issues and goals and engage members of the community, Islam said.
March 11, 2014 |
WILLINGBORO Jim Ayrer, an early homeowner in the suburban experiment conceived by developer William J. Levitt, has witnessed the changes that defined the community these last five decades. As a longtime resident, Ayrer watched the cookie-cutter houses and winding streets sprout from farmland and grow into a thriving township with 33,000 people. As an elected town councilman for 34 years, he also has seen the town's challenges: the deterioration and reimagining of the town's bustling shopping center and the empty houses that appeared on the landscape due to the recent real estate crash and recession.
February 17, 2014 |
In 2011, at an after-school workshop about Black History Month at Mighty Writers, the Philadelphia nonprofit that teaches children how to write, Nefeesah Cannady posed a question. "Ever since I've been little, I've been hearing about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks," Cannady, then a junior at Central High School, said. "I know everything about those people - they were great Americans. But how come I don't know anything about the black Philadelphians that came before me?" That question, said Mighty Writers founder Tim Whitaker, "triggered this idea about all these pioneering black DJs from the 1950s up until 1979 that are all but forgotten.