May 11, 2016 |
It has been a little more than four years since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and the resulting bubbling-over of U.S. racial and political tensions for all the world to see. "It was the shot heard around the world," playwright Thomas Soto says. At the time, he and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj - who was recently appointed guest artistic director for the 49th season of New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia - were in New York. "We were trying to find ways to [channel]
May 3, 2016
I'M WHITE; college educated, grew up in NE Philly, started and sold two businesses, and I'm a Republican. My mother left El Salvador with a seventh-grade education and made sure we learned how to fit in and work hard. My brother graduated from West Point. I've worked all my life since the age of 10. I read Solomon Jones' article - "White liberals can't abandon the issues that impact blacks" - and felt both sad and angry. I rarely read the Daily News. So Republicans are responsible for police brutality in urban environments?
April 27, 2016 |
THE LEVEL of animosity that has developed around this presidential election is troubling, but it is not unexpected. We should have known there would be backlash after the election in 2008 of the first black president. We should have foreseen Republican efforts to benefit from racist resentment of Barack Obama. But I don't think we could have predicted the anger on the left; a resentment born of the idealistic belief that America's conservatism could be reversed in less than a decade.
March 16, 2016 |
In a land that's known as freedom how can such a thing be fair Won't you please come to Chicago for the help that we can bring We can change the world Rearrange the world It's dying. - Graham Nash, "Chicago" OF COURSE, it was Chicago. It had to be. And I'm not even talking about the tumultuous events that Graham Nash is referencing in 1971 hit, "Chicago" - the police riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention, the 1969 "Days of Rage," or the trail of the Chicago 8 (then 7)
February 26, 2016 |
Norristown's Theatre Horizon on Thursday opens Lobby Hero , Kenneth Lonergan's 2001 drama. Director Matthew Decker and cast will be unspooling a provocative comedy of errors embracing hot-button topics (racial profiling, police brutality, gender politics). Lonergan, 53, is the bluntly lyrical author of the Oscar-nominated scripts for 2002's Gangs of New York and 2000's You Can Count on Me (the latter of which he directed), as well the critically acclaimed 1996 Off-Broadway hit This Is Our Youth . In January, Lonergan's newest cinematic effort, Manchester by the Sea , which he wrote and directed, screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
February 10, 2016 |
WITH ALL the bluster and grandstanding of the GOP presidential nominees, Tattle was almost beginning to miss the common-sense pragmatism of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani . And then he opened his mouth. Until Giuliani, all we had heard about Beyonce 's Super Bowl halftime performance was how great it was - she "won" the Super Bowl, she "slayed," she empowered, she was truly Queen B. Not to Rudy. "This is football, not Hollywood," Rudy told Fox News about how he was troubled by Beyonce's show (and clearly clueless about the NFL)
February 10, 2016
Beyoncé's naughty politics Have a wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl and you'll live to see another day. But woe unto the artist who comes onto the field with a political message. Woe to Beyoncé , whose Super Bowl 50 performance apparently was saturated with a pro-black power and anti-cop political subtext that has angered many a football fan and quite a few politicos, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani . Giuliani told Fox & Friends on Monday that Bey's performance of her new song "Formation," which was released Saturday, was anti-police.
January 10, 2016 |
The shooting of a police officer the night before did not deter protesters from marching through North Philadelphia on Friday in a demonstration against police brutality and economic inequities in the African American community. Dozens of police on foot, on bicycles, and in squad cars followed scores of predominantly college-age marchers on their peaceful, two-mile walk from Broad Street and Erie Avenue to Temple University. The demonstration, planned several weeks earlier, took place as the nation's attention was focused on the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who detectives said had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
January 9, 2016 |
Days before the Martin Luther King holiday, and against a national backdrop of fatal police shootings of young black men, some of the nation's most prominent African American activists are coming to Philadelphia to call for change. "It's an incredible, incredible moment," said the Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Society Hill. "The needs of the black community have been put on the back burner for far too long. " The organizers, known as the Black Radical Organizing Collective, issued a "Call to Action" that decried society's "return to the most rabid forms of racism," and a government that represses immigrants and Muslims while unleashing "a reign of racist police terror against people of color.
January 7, 2016 |
Two months ago, Philadelphia's new mayor asked Philadelphia's new police commissioner where he would like to take the oath of office. "I'm not that conventional," Jim Kenney told Richard Ross. They could skip a staid ceremony at City Hall, he said. Instead, Kenney asked, "Is there a place that's important to you?" And so, on Tuesday afternoon, dozens of police officers and politicians and preachers piled into the seats in Central High School's auditorium. The school's entire graduating class filled in the seats behind them and gave a son of Central a standing ovation when he was sworn in as the city's 30th police commissioner.