June 25, 2015 |
FORGET THE doom and gloom of Joel Embiid and the worry of whom the Sixers will select with the third pick in the NBA draft next week. With at least five second-round selections - picks 35, 37, 47, 58 and 60 at the moment - there are other prospects who could join the team this season. Looking at the player archetypes that have attracted general manager Sam Hinkie's attention during his first two drafts in Philadelphia presents a better idea of what he values with these second-rounders.
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.
April 28, 2015
Min S. Suh , partner, has been appointed chair of the Philadelphia law firm Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel L.L.P.'s diversity committee. The committee focuses on recruiting and retaining diverse lawyers and staff, as well as other diversity initiatives within the firm. Suh practices immigration law. The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation , a nonprofit that supports the Phoenixville Area School District, has named the following trustees: Jena Dietrich , managing director and marketing practice leader at Custom Institutional Fund Solutions; John Grasso , institutional sales support at SEI Investments; artist and volunteer Michelle Schamis ; and Neydary Zambrano , president of the Magic Memories Child Development Center.
April 20, 2015 |
Standing in front of about 100 people - black, white, Latino, Indian, male, female, young, old - Lisa Croft talked about the elephant in the room. "It's not just there to sit and look pretty," she said. "Sometimes we need courageous people to . . . say what that elephant is. " That was the essence of the discussion at the daylong "Courageous Conversation" at West Chester University on Saturday. The diverse crowd talked about "implicit" biases: ingrained beliefs that can influence behavior, often subconsciously.
March 30, 2015 |
It was the eve of Holy Week for the spring-cleaning crew at St. Helena's in Olney, a group of parishioners on a mission to deliver a near-spotless church for the most important week on the Christian calendar. So while the Vietnamese women's group prayed downstairs, a funeral of a onetime Anglo member concluded in the lower church, and the Spanish-language choir prepared for rehearsal, Joseph Mensah stopped polishing the floors long enough to talk about how the church helped him after he emigrated from Ghana.
March 16, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If you want the scoop on Bensalem, just ask Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo, a lifelong resident of the Bucks County community just over the Philadelphia line. "When I was growing up, 75 percent of the township was produce farms," recalls the affable DiGirolamo, who ran his family's operation from age 26 until he retired at 51. "It wasn't until after World War II, and especially in the 1960s" that the township's fields filled with houses and apartment buildings, he says, somewhat nostalgically.
March 9, 2015 |
FIBER SCULPTOR Carole Loeffler spent her year's sabbatical from Arcadia University strolling in her Germantown neighborhood with her baby son, stuffing her pockets with fallen leaves. Back in her home studio, she transformed her finds into something magical and very red. Her new "Quietude" exhibit at Holy Family University Art Gallery on Frankford Avenue near Stevenson Street in Torresdale, reflects her walks on leafy Germantown streets, seen through her red-tinted imagination.
January 26, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Horsham is "a little different market" when compared with surrounding communities, veteran real estate agent Gary Segal says. For one thing, he notes, even in the off-season that runs from just before Thanksgiving to a week after Super Bowl Sunday, the market here is "fairly hot. " Says Segal: "I sold a couple of real good ones" - including newly constructed houses, which command the top prices in any market - "that brought the second-highest price in Horsham this year to a [relocation]
January 19, 2015 |
Rabbis Debra Bowen and Jon Cutler lead congregations that diverge from mainstream Judaism - in very different ways. Cutler shepherds a small Warrington congregation that meets on alternate Fridays. His synagogue aims to be a place where being Jewish is not tied to a conventional menu of ritual and requirements. Bowen's congregation is largely African American. It was founded by her mother and until recent years worshiped off the radar at a synagogue that was once a church building in West Oak Lane.
January 9, 2015
JOSEPH Dougherty sits alone at the defense table in federal court these days, the last man standing of the 10 members of the Ironworkers Union indicted last year for using violence and vandalism against builders who hired nonunion workers. Federal prosecutors allege that Dougherty, 73, a tough-talking union boss, had subordinates do the dirty deeds, but was the instigator behind what he called "night work. " His people reveled in their tough-guy image. One of his squads referred to themselves as "The Helpful Union Guys," or THUGS.