October 18, 2013 |
MANY a "world music" proponent thinks it a pretty rad proposition to mix one or two culturally diverse elements - say African tribal folk with acoustic blues, or Latin jazz with a touch of techno. Idan Raichel takes it a whole lot further, mashing up a super-rich stew of cultures and traditions - Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin America, European and African - in a wondrously unexpected, richly rhythmic and mellifluous way. Then he casually characterizes such derring-do as "the natural order of things, just a reflection of the street life I encounter on a daily basis.
September 30, 2013 |
Rob Moore's instructions fell on deaf ears. His Ben Franklin boys' soccer team was ahead by five goals, and it would win by seven, but the coach needed one of his defenders to stay disciplined. The player didn't, and Moore was exasperated. He turned and asked his assistant, Moussa Fane, why no one listens. One reason is that, like the Nigerian defender, some of his players have trouble understanding him. And most have never actually played organized soccer before. Moore coaches a team of 17 immigrants.
September 27, 2013 |
This is Coatesville Area High School. It's Rip Hamilton and John Allen and Ryan Primanti and Aja Anderson and Jim "Scoogie" Smith. It's Derrick Morgan and Manny Stocker and Dae-Hon Cheung. And Daquan Worley and Emmett Hunt and Tyler Burke. It's Sonya Perry and Steve McCarter and Ross Kershey and Darrel Lewis. It's a football team as diverse as any in the region led by a head coach, Matt Ortega, whose mother is Irish and German and whose father is Mexican. "Our strength is our diversity," Ortega said.
September 25, 2013 |
STEPPING out the back door of Asian Arts Initiative's Vine Street home, Gayle Isa was quick to acknowledge the challenge presented by the bleak alleyway that greeted her. "As you can tell, there's a lot of transformation to be done," said AAI's founder and executive director, as she scanned the piles of garbage and graffiti-covered walls that line the 1200 block of Pearl Street. "In polite terms, we've been calling it an 'underutilized alleyway,' " Isa continued. "I think most people who live in this neighborhood would feel that it's not a safe place.
September 15, 2013 |
Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, is embroiled in civil war and accusations of chemical warfare against his own people. So what does he do? He takes the offensive. Instagram and Twitter. To the horror of many, Assad posted pics of himself, calm and in control, at work at his desk, meeting state leaders. Asma, his wife, helps out at a food line, hugs real people. And then there's the odd branding. His Mac is in view. Asma sports a hip aquamarine Jawbone UP wristband pedometer.
September 14, 2013 |
PRINCETON Princeton has a problem. The renowned university released a report Thursday on the state of the school's diversity, highlighting areas where perceived gaps exist and offering recommendations to improve diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. "To begin with, ours is an increasingly pluralistic society," the report reads, "and, simply put, Princeton and its peers do not come close to looking like America today. " The report's suggestions include formalizing the university's position on diversity, creating plans within academic departments for recruiting a range of students and faculty, and establishing benchmarks to be monitored on a regular basis.
August 30, 2013 |
Will Janette Desautel ever cook her famous crawfish ravioli again? The fictional chef in HBO's Treme practically ripped her business partner's head off like a crawdaddy at a boil when the subject arose at the end of last season. "No. No [expletive] frozen crawfish, ever," said Desautel. "It is a seasonal special. People will look forward to it all year long. " Fans of Treme , the series based in post-Katrina New Orleans that has earned a relatively small but devoted following, are surely looking forward to its final season, debuting this fall, when Desautel's culinary fate, along with the show's numerous other story lines, are hopefully resolved.
August 26, 2013 |
AS HURRICANE IRENE blew toward Philadelphia on Aug. 27, 2011, bringing floods, power outages and property devastation, hundreds of people hurried to the Max Myers Recreation Center in Castor Gardens for the first Northeast Celebration. It was then that Jared Solomon, president of the Take Back Your Neighborhood community association that organized the celebration of all things Northeast Philadelphia, knew he had created something stronger than the approaching storm. No such natural disaster threatens the third annual Northeast Celebration today at Max Myers Rec, on Hellerman Street near Horrocks.
August 12, 2013 |
Since 1995, Haverford College has augmented its already substantial photography holdings with financial help from alumni Michael Fogel and his son Rafael, acquiring 52 works by 41 photographers that enhance the collection's core and push it in new directions. Begun in 1870, it contains some 5,000 works by more than 500 photographers; now 40 of those works can be seen in "The Fogel Collection: A Collection Within a Collection," in the college's Atrium Gallery. It's a diverse a group - classic works by household names (Elliott Erwitt, William Klein, William Wegman)
July 30, 2013 |
Decked out in her Jamaican flag dress, 2-year-old Isis Jones danced to the various evangelical performances alongside her family Sunday during International Day at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Edgewater Park. Isis, like many others, was representing her family's home country through her clothing. Others wore traditional African dresses representative of their region or tribe. It was the Burlington County church's annual event, in which other South Jersey and Philadelphia churches join the congregation in celebrating the unity of people.