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May 3, 1989 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
The barbarism of the Holocaust is measured by more than the body count. Notice must also be taken of the appalling, irremediable injuries inflicted on the spirits of the living by Nazi persecution. Joshua Sobol's play Ghetto does both. A massacre of Jews precedes the action and another ends it. In between, the drama focuses on a chapter in ghetto life in one of its most remarkable historic manifestations. The production, which opened Sunday and is mounted by the Circle in the Square Theater uptown with a large cast, is only partly successful in conveying a sense of tragedy.
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April 9, 1989 | By MARK ALAN HUGHES
A report on urban poverty recently released by the National League of Cities contains some disturbing findings for the city and the Philadelphia area. I say this not just as author of the report, but as a Philadelphia resident and someone who cares deeply about the future of this city and region. Poverty is complex, and scholars have long sought ways to manage this complexity by identifying its crucial dimensions. The NLC report focuses on three dimensions of urban poverty today: It is more persistent among particular households, more concentrated within particular neighborhoods, and more isolated from traditional avenues of escape.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Vanessa Gera, Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland - Boruch Spiegel, 93, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful Nazi German force that occupied Poland, has died. Mr. Spiegel died May 9 in Montreal, where he had spent the last four years in a nursing home, his son, Julius, said Tuesday. With Mr. Spiegel's death, the tiny group of survivors of the legendary World War II revolt that was crushed 70 years ago this month grows even smaller.
NEWS
May 3, 1988 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men was written two decades ago, when rage, fueled by racial pride, was sweeping the black ghettos of American cities. The atmosphere today may be less strident, but this tale of the frustration and disintegration of a black family is no less pertinent and moving. Some aspects of the play by Lonnie Elder 3d, the current production of Freedom Theater, are dated. A criminal's cynical use of anti-white feeling in the ghetto seems right out of the 1960s, and the involvement of the family in the making and sale of moonshine - rather than dealing in drugs, the big illegal moneymaker in the ghetto now as then - strikes the theatergoer as downright quaint.
NEWS
July 23, 2002 | By Michael Eric Dyson
Allen Iverson is in trouble again. For some that's old news. For others, it's big business: Newspapers sell, news broadcast ratings soar, punditry proliferates. But with Iverson, what we see is always what we get. That's because what we see is largely shaped - maybe distorted - by the lens through which we view the controversial hoopster. We cannot divorce the recent accusations against Iverson from what we already believe about him. When some people look at Iverson, they see a thug: braids, tattoos, swagger and defiance.
NEWS
June 22, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In any other situation, if you were to tell Method Man he's ghetto (cheap, tacky), you'd probably be facing a knuckle sandwich. But when it comes to his fledgling TV show, the rapper schooled in the Wu-Tang Clan wants Fox to show him the ghetto (authentic, happenin'), big time. M.M. says Fox has squeezed the flavor out of Method & Red, the network's new sitcom costarring M.M. and his fellow Clan member, Redman. "I'm trying to keep this show ghetto, and there's a way for it to be both ghetto and intelligent," M.M. told the Los Angeles Times.
NEWS
October 20, 1989 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, Inquirer Staff Writer
The neighborhood where a 14-block section of the Nimitz Freeway collapsed Tuesday is, in the words of one civic leader, the heart of the oldest ghetto in Oakland, the area where the Black Panther Party was born, where Huey Newton was shot to death earlier this year. Residents here are accustomed to swarms of police officers and reporters sweeping down on the neighborhood. Yesterday, several who watched more police officers and more reporters arrive were split over whether the attention would help change things here.
NEWS
February 9, 1989 | By ELIJAH ANDERSON
As the black middle class in Philadelphia and elsewhere in the nation emerges socially and economically, it has tended to become ever more distant from the ghetto communities of its origin. This absence has led to the diminution of an extremely important source of moral and social leadership within the ghetto community. In pursuit of status and employment opportunities and out of a sense of genuine concern for their survival, members of the black middle class and those who aspire to it tend increasingly to leave the ghetto behind.
NEWS
April 29, 1987
Shawn Session was born prematurely on March 22 to an impoverished, unwed mother who never sought pre-natal care because she had two children and didn't want another. Brain-damaged and weighing just 3 1/2 pounds at birth, Shawn died after 33 days on a ventilator. To most readers who learned of his short, unhappy life in Sunday's Inquirer in the first of staff writer Susan FitzGerald's two-part series on infant deaths, his death must have seemed a blessing. Clifton Pruitt was born into similar circumstances Jan. 24. His mother, Mamie, was raising four other children in grinding North Philadelphia poverty and, angry at this new assault on her peace of mind, had refused to go to the clinic for pre-natal care.
NEWS
October 15, 1993 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
The latest version of the new-look, 1990s Hollywood thriller is "Judgment Night," another movie about people being chased. In the last few years, the motion-picture industry has made a radical shift in the way it portrays its action heroes. Instead of the ultra-confident, pumped-up, arse-kicking 1980s hero - a reflection of a confident, optimistic era - we now see a more vulnerable protagonist. Tom Cruise was the law school prodigy who fights to keep his job, his wife and finally his life in "The Firm," a movie that finds him using his briefcase to fight off mob hit men. "The Fugitive" casts Harrison Ford as a wealthy physician who loses everything when framed for murder.
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May 19, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AS GIFTS GO, this one might not seem like much: a vacant lot so full of debris that a dozen trash bins wouldn't be enough to clear it down to the dirt. But to Ellis Ferrell, the lot on Fletcher Street near 26th in Strawberry Mansion is heaven-sent. For decades, Ferrell, 76, has longed for land of his own to build stables and a clubhouse for the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, of which he is president. The club has been around since the 1950s, squatting on a field across the street from that vacant lot on Fletcher Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Something about the models walking the DKNY catwalk last month in coifs that Lucky magazine called "slicked-down tendrils" - known in my hood as baby hair - tweaked my Queens-reared soul. I felt a similar pull in April when Marie Claire called Kendall Jenner's cornrows "epic. " Hmmph - no one ever declared mine anything but necessary for swimming in the summertime. That tug was followed by a twinge last week when Los Angeles Times reporter Ingrid Schmidt wrote a story about braids, referring to Bo Derek as their matriarch.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Vanessa Gera, Associated Press
WARSAW, Poland - Boruch Spiegel, 93, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the powerful Nazi German force that occupied Poland, has died. Mr. Spiegel died May 9 in Montreal, where he had spent the last four years in a nursing home, his son, Julius, said Tuesday. With Mr. Spiegel's death, the tiny group of survivors of the legendary World War II revolt that was crushed 70 years ago this month grows even smaller.
NEWS
November 24, 2012
Vladka Meed, 90, a courier and weapons smuggler for the Jewish resistance in Poland during World War II who published a harrowing early chronicle of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, died Nov. 21 at her daughter's home in Paradise Valley, Ariz. The death was confirmed by her son, Steven Meed. The cause was Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Meed was born Feigel Peltel in Warsaw on Dec. 29, 1921. After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, she and hundreds of thousands of other Jews were systematically rounded up and forced into a squalid Warsaw ghetto of one-square mile.
NEWS
October 28, 2012 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
As seen in his book, Gomorrah Girl , published by Cross Editions in 2011, Valerio Spada's documentary photographs of adolescents navigating Naples' crime-ridden streets were striking enough to win him Blurb's 2011 Photography Book Now grand prize for best book of the year. As large prints displayed on the walls of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, where Spada is exhibiting them for the first time, they're less obviously tied to the book's narrative, which makes them even more powerful.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012 | John Timpane
Liz II kicks it wid de knights Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating her diamond jubilee, was serenaded in a gala bash Monday eve by Britain's finest, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, and, hilariously, Sir Tom Jones. Isn't it weird that all these dudes are, like, knights now? Oh, and Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger") is now a dame. Does the Queen even like such music? Hey, these parties aren't for her; they're for the world, and nobody's better at it than the Brits.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2011 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
IN THE PARALLEL sci-fi universe of "In Time," scientists have capped the aging process at 25, and rich people have turned time into a commodity. You die when you hit your limit of 25 years (there's been a little deflation since "Logan's Run"), but if you can literally buy more time, you can live indefinitely as a 25-year-old. Thus is born a cutthroat economy in which poor people work, cheat and steal for a few extra units of time in their blue-collar ghetto, while in a nearby posh suburb the idle rich gamble vast stores of accumulated time in poker games.
TRAVEL
October 2, 2011 | By Paula Marantz Cohen, For The Inquirer
ROME - It is still hot in Rome this time of year. That doesn't mean you shouldn't go. In fact, a little sweat seems a small price to pay for the chance, at almost every corner, to duck into a church where you can sit in the shade and stare at a lustrous virgin by Raphael or a strenuously ardent saint by Caravaggio. Still, on a recent trip to the Eternal City we happened to lodge in the ancient Trastevere section, and on one particularly sweltering day, not wishing to walk too far, we crossed the Tiber River to explore the nearby neighborhood, Rome's former Jewish ghetto.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
A canister of film on a shelf in a bunker in the German woods, an archive of Nazi propaganda, discovered after World War II. A label on the canister: " Das Ghetto . " In the extraordinary, powerful, disturbing A Film Unfinished , much of the footage from that reel, shot in May 1942 in the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw, is replayed - and revisited with the knowledge that it was a lie. Directed by an unknown Nazi official, who deployed cameramen...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Ho's Please Stand Up ! is a radically ingenious, in-your-face documentary hybrid that takes the basic street relationship between pimps and hookers and holds it up on a global scale. "When the leader is pimpin' you on some game like patriotism," says E. Raymond Brown, GhettoPhysics' wily onscreen guide and codirector, "it's the ho's that go marchin' off to war gettin' shot up and stabbed. " Or, credit card companies: pimps.
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