June 17, 2015 |
'Does it always have to be about race?" In Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments , Flashpoint Theatre's brutal world premiere about institutionalized racism in post-Ferguson America, you'd better believe it. In 2014, the New York theater organization New Black Fest commissioned six playwrights to respond to the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. These short monologues chronicle each author's encounters with the daily indecencies...
May 14, 2015 |
I'VE CHANGED my mind. Chip Kelly should say something about what LeSean McCoy said. He should say he is hurt that his former player implied he is a racist.He should say it is undeserved and unfair. He shouldn't have to say this, of course, so he probably won't. But it will hang around here and around him if he doesn't, unjust that it is, festering like an untreated blister. Every move he makes, every breath he takes . . . According to one count, the Eagles had the fewest number of black players (27)
March 27, 2015
THE "NEW BLACK" line of thinking about racism is wack. I'm referring to recent comments by certain African-American celebrities - Pharrell Williams, Raven-Symone, Kanye West and the rapper A$AP Ferg among others - who claim racism is over and say black people need to forget the past. It's become a thing lately. Even Common has joined the fray, giving the one-sided suggestion that if blacks would love more, racism would disappear. That's all well and good for Common, who just won an Oscar for the song "Glory" in "Selma.
March 18, 2015 |
Every time Americans think they can forget about Ferguson, Mo., the town now synonymous with prejudice jumps back into the headlines with incidents like last week's shooting of two police officers. Ferguson keeps reminding us that racism remains an issue in this country, and we wonder when it will not be. In his 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk , the African American sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois declared, "The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color-line. " A century later, one can't persuasively argue that nothing has changed.
February 25, 2015 |
ONE CAN NEVER predict the fallout from the Oscars. One year it's John Travolta 's inability to pronouce a name and the next year it's a Cleveland news anchor's ability to pronounce a racial slur. Cleveland.com, citing both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal , reported that WJW-TV-8 news anchor Kristi Capel got herself in hot water while trying to compliment Lady Gaga 's performance of "Sound of Music" songs. Capel said, "It's hard to really hear [Gaga's]
January 31, 2015 |
Costner on growing up racist Kevin Costner , whose new film Black Or White tackles race relations, says he wasn't exactly raised in a politically correct environment. "I was raised around a level of racism, not of people who hated, but people who would use [racial epithets] callously and not really think that they were - jokes that would start with that," the actor-director told Steve Harvey on Friday. Costner said he would, too - back then. Written and directed by Mike Binder ( The Upside of Anger , Reign Over Me )
December 11, 2014
OBAMA wants 90 days to come up with a solution. I got one in 90 seconds: Make every police officer obey the laws of the land and the regulations of the police force. When that cop killed that brother in NYC with that chokehold, it was already against the department regulations. If the regulations had been enforced, the brother would not have been killed. Cops talk about law and order, but when they're on the street they are the very first ones to break the law. James Morton Philadelphia Michael Brown and Eric Garner are not dead because of racism.
December 7, 2014 |
Anger and anguish over police killings in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., continue to bubble up across the region, with city school students, teachers, and the teachers' union president speaking out Friday. At three Philadelphia schools, students staged a "die-in" as a statement against police brutality and racism. At midmorning, 100 students at Masterman High School assembled in a first-floor hallway during their lunch period. They sat or lay down silently, some holding "Black Lives Matter" signs, others closing their eyes or staring straight ahead.
November 10, 2014 |
Much as the sour scent of mushroom compost pervades his old hometown of Kennett Square, the taint from a single conversation clings unpleasantly to Herb Pennock's reputation. Sixty-seven years after his telephone call to a fellow baseball executive, the onetime Phillies general manager and Murderers' Row Yankee is permanently marooned in history's limbo, trapped between what we know of him and what we think we know. The known is impressive. A Hall of Fame pitcher, Pennock retired in 1934 with 241 victories.
October 29, 2014 |
THOMASINE TYNES, the former Philadelphia Traffic Court president judge named as one of five local officials who allegedly took bribes in an aborted sting operation, yesterday became the first person charged criminally in the sordid affair. District Attorney Seth Williams, in announcing the arrest of Tynes, 71, proclaimed that the grand-jury investigation into political corruption is ongoing and that the former judge may not be the only one to face justice. He urged those with information about political corruption to come forward.