August 21, 2016 |
I REMEMBER being at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and watching the parade of nations. As the host country, the United States entered last. I watched as the nations of the world entered in alphabetical order and it was fun seeing their pride and high spirits. And then finally the long-awaited American team entered. As I had done with the other teams, I watched our team through binoculars, and they were displaying the same joy and spirit the other teams did. But one thing was different - where almost all of the other teams were practically homogeneous (they all looked the same)
August 13, 2016
By Naomi Moland S esame Street recently announced that it was dismissing three of its original cast members: Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis), and Roscoe Orman (Gordon). After an outcry from longtime fans, the show reversed its decision, and will meet with the actors in September to continue their relationship. Welcoming these characters back onto the Street is an excellent decision. The program has been undergoing many changes, adapting to the needs of today's children.
August 2, 2016
Supermodel and new mom Chrissy Teigen , wife of Penn alum John Legend and a beautiful mixture of Norwegian and Thai, took to Twitter to weigh in on the 2016 Miss Teen USA competition. Rarely one to court controversy, Teigen was moved to tweet when the Miss Teen USA Twitter account released a photo of the top five finishers and it looked like a prismatic pic of the same girl. "Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch," @chrissyteigen wrote. Perhaps concerned about becoming a target for trolls, Teigen soon tweeted, "It's fiiiiiine.
July 31, 2016 |
Former cleaning lady Donna Allie, 59, took a big step, or a leap of faith, to go from scrubbing bathrooms in Bryn Mawr to washing down stadiums in Philadelphia. Allie, president of Team Clean Inc., told a contractor her firm could provide 200 workers to clean Veterans Stadium when she had only eight workers, dispatched to homes on the Main Line. Team Clean now has 700. Given Hillary Clinton's nomination at next week's convention, what do women need to learn to lead? We don't think big enough.
July 26, 2016 |
"We're voting for Hillary," Charles Lindsey says about himself and his friend Gregory McDowell as they sat on their Fairhill steps. They were among a dozen people I interviewed along four blocks of Cambria Street on both sides of Germantown Avenue. For those who think that's the way all of solidly Democratic North Philadelphia feels, walk a few steps farther. On Germantown Avenue and Cambria, Josh Rembert says, "I can't vote for Hillary. " He then veers wildly from the Democratic script to call out Donald Trump's immigration policy and business background as the reasons why he'd vote for the GOP ticket.
July 24, 2016 |
This week, 4,765 delegates from 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia are arriving in Philadelphia. That's 4,765 life stories, and 4,765 sets of ideologies, priorities, hopes, and attitudes about what the Democratic National Convention should achieve. Delegates range in age from their teens to their 90s. They are gay and straight, and transgender. They span all races and ethnicities. They include members of Congress, governors, and party leaders, but also students, unemployed people, schoolteachers, mechanics, web developers, lawyers, and retirees.
July 3, 2016 |
The storm clouds that hopscotched around the city all afternoon shed only their grace - no rain - on the Philadelphia Orchestra on Friday night at Penn's Landing. Earlier rumbles quieted, clearing the air for patriotic - or at least American - tunes played for an avid crowd. Just the stage area attracted an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 listeners, according to a spokeswoman for the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., with more eavesdropping on the free, hour-long concert through speakers in other perches near the river.
June 30, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. DEVELOPMENT Diversity lost in One Water Street deal I thought the idea behind giving developers a zoning bonus allowing taller buildings in exchange for a certain number of affordable-housing units was to encourage people of various income levels to come in contact with each other. Such a policy would discourage isolated pockets of wealthy and low- and moderate-income families. The deal the city reached with PMC Property Group, builders of the 250-unit One Water Street apartment building on the Delaware waterfront, contributes to just the opposite ("Developer to pay for affordable housing," Saturday)
May 27, 2016 |
If anyone doubts how trendy podcasting has become, note the recent Season Five finale of HBO's Girls . While Lena Dunham's character, Hannah, waits in line for her slot at a storyteller's event, another monologuist tells her, "I have a podcast - I care," to prove both his universal concern and utter hipness. During its decade of existence, podcasting has gone from rudimentary, nerdy chatterboxing and being an arm of public broadcasting to gorgeously produced, often live, geek culture audiobooks.
April 11, 2016 |
When Robert Macauley was a sophomore, he was a member of the Pennsauken High School boys' volleyball practice squad. That's remarkable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that there is a Pennsauken High School boys' volleyball practice squad. "We have a varsity, a JV, a freshman team, and a practice squad," Pennsauken coach Jack Killion said of one of South Jersey's more remarkable athletic programs. Killion said 65 boys are members of the Indians program, and he can't fit them all on the three official rosters.