September 8, 2016
It says a lot about the state of the Philadelphia School District that the big news on opening day is that its 130,000 students will actually have new textbooks. But given the perpetual financial crisis that the city's public schools have been mired in the last few years, just buying books is a positive development worth celebrating. After all, this is a school district that has gone several years without librarians, school nurses, guidance counselors, or assistant principals in many of its schools.
September 2, 2016 |
A VERY DEAR FRIEND of mine scolded me on Facebook for not letting people know that I'm an immigration lawyer with a "vested interest" in immigration policy, before writing anything on the topic. Actually, short of walking around with an inflatable kiddie pool and carrying a torch while chanting "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," I think I've been pretty open about what I do from 9-5. But, in the interest of full disclosure and Facebook harmony, here it is again: I have practiced immigration law full time for over 20 years.
April 18, 2016 |
An entrepreneur's life can get mighty lonely, especially in the early start-up years, when employees are few. For many, a lot of time is spent with just a laptop for company. That sense of isolation can be even worse in the suburbs. There, the opportunity to bounce ideas off someone or network isn't as simple as stepping outside and walking a few dozen paces in any direction to a coffee shop. Also not in abundance are the coworking spaces that have been steadily multiplying in downtown Philadelphia since the first, Indy Hall, opened in Old City in 2007.
March 1, 2016 |
IT MUST have seemed like a win-win at the time. Clothing retailer Lands' End, desperate to refurbish its image into something relevant and chic, featured an interview with legendary feminist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog, complete with a photo spread of Steinem modeling items from the firm's latest collection. Steinem, for her part, got her new book plugged in the catalog copy. Now it's all turned into a spectacular embarrassment. Faced with an explosion of outrage from anti-abortion groups and customers, Lands' End has pulled the feature from its website and even appears to have canceled an arrangement to donate $3 to the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women's Equality every time a customer ordered the group's monogram stitched into an item.
February 25, 2016 |
The concept behind Maark Concept - a South Street showroom where emerging designers offer a curated selection of deliberately stitched, athletically inspired, and slightly ethereal clothing and accessories - had been stewing for quite some time. That's why, when Ethan Nguyen spotted, post-brunch, a vacant storefront one Sunday afternoon in December, he called the landlord the next day. "I knew just the people I wanted to make this happen with me," said Nguyen, 31, a University of Pennsylvania epidemiologist-turned-luxe-unisex-clothing-designer of the brand Sans Marque Sans Marque (think T-shirt tunics fashioned from cotton jersey, and trousers with roomy front folds that have a kilt effect)
February 14, 2016
With its pink-bordered heart logos and heart-shaped mirrors, its sparkly chandeliers, and countertops laden with makeup, hair-care products, nail polish and headbands, BLC - for Beautyland Couture - could be mistaken for a promoter of superficiality. Until you spend a few minutes with owner Nina Kaplan, an artist, author, and longtime entrepreneur who says her objective with all this girlie glam is to inspire young girls and women to believe in themselves, no matter what they look like.
January 14, 2016 |
A Philadelphia man has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Lee Daniels stole the concept for his hit show "Empire" from him during a "Philly Pitch" event organized by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office in 2008. In his suit, which was filed on Friday, Clayton Prince Tanksley - an actor who once played Denise Huxtable's boyfriend on "The Cosby Show" - said "Empire" infringes on the show he created, called "Cream," which he had copyrighted in 2005. Named as defendants in the suit are Daniels, co-creator Danny Strong, Twenty-First Century Fox, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the film office's director, Sharon Pinkenson.
December 16, 2015 |
Room 268 at Conestoga High School was bursting with passion for a hodgepodge of ideas. Hip-hop as a lens for life. The case for more funding for NASA. The argument for paying student athletes. The future of evolution. The student debt crisis. The enduring power of Star Wars . One by one, 11 students presented ideas to their classmates in the style of TED Talks, the engaging lectures about a variety of topics, many given by experts. TED Talks started more than 30 years ago through TED - for technology, entertainment and design - a nonprofit with the tagline, "Ideas worth spreading.
October 25, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I grew up in the Midwest, and we always called adults Mr./Mrs./Miss Lastname. We now live in the South, and the thing down here is to have kids call adults Mr./Miss Firstname. This feels too informal to us, and we would prefer our kids use the Mr./Mrs./Miss Lastname construction (with the exception of close family friends who are just Firstname). I would think it's my choice to have my kids use Mrs. Lastname, but by that logic, the other mom could have her kids use Miss Firstname for me, but to me that is not super respectful.
August 27, 2015 |
Have you ever wondered what race would mean if you couldn't see? Asia Friedman did, and, because she's a cultural sociologist at the University of Delaware, she could do what most people wouldn't. She asked 25 blind people, most of whom lived in Pennsylvania and Delaware, whether race mattered to them. It did. "They do try to assign race, and I also found that they're not color-blind in that idealized sense of not having race matter in any way," said Friedman, who presented her study Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Chicago.