May 3, 1989 |
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.
April 9, 1989 |
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.
May 23, 2013 |
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.
May 3, 1988 |
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.
July 23, 2002 |
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.
June 22, 2004 |
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.
October 20, 1989 |
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.
February 9, 1989 |
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.
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.
October 15, 1993 |
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.