June 9, 2016 |
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A Haitian immigrant and the daughter of an Asbury Park, N.J., taxi driver, Withney Barthelemy was not exactly the prototypical candidate for an elite prep school. But at the behest of a teacher, she applied to a 300-acre boarding school deep in the hills of south-central Pennsylvania - Mercersburg Academy - and it offered her a full scholarship. "It provided me with so many opportunities I wouldn't have had any other way," said Barthelemy, who moved to the United States when she was 4. "I felt like I was wanted despite the economic background I had. " She had what might be viewed as a dream high school career.
June 8, 2016
One of the most deplorable aspects of the debate over Mayor Kenney's proposal to tax sugary beverages to fund more prekindergarten education, open community schools, and upgrade recreation centers is the tendency of both sides to stereotype the dietary habits of poor people to make their case. Opponents of the tax, most notably the beverage industry, insist it would affect low-income families inequitably because they buy more sugary drinks. Some proponents suggest the same families would benefit most because a tax would reduce their disproportionate consumption of sweet drinks, which exacerbate the obesity problem in poor, minority communities.
March 16, 2016 |
Mike (Patrick Warburton, Seinfeld ) and Martina Moore (Carrie Preston, The Good Wife ) want to be left alone in their empty nest, and I want that for them, too. Sadly, their new NBC series, Crowded , isn't going to make that possible. Created by Suzanne Martin ( Hot in Cleveland ), whose own daughters returned home to live after college, Crowded quickly refills the Moores' vacated bedrooms when daughters Stella (Mia Serafino) and Shea (Miranda Cosgrove, iCarly )
March 8, 2016 |
Well, it's a good thing the Social Justice Warrior brigade didn't find out about Tempesta di Mare's concerts last weekend. The program, titled "The Nations" and heard Saturday evening at the American Philosophical Society, dealt in some dastardly ethnic stereotypes. Well, so the SJWs might say. In fact, it was easy to shake off any moral concerns because those caricatures are now 300 years old and hardly recognizable to us in 2016, so the excellent program notes and witty spoken introduction by Tempesta directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone were key to letting us in on the jokes.
February 5, 2016
ON TUESDAY, students and staff at Kensington Urban Teaching Academy were placed on complete lockdown by the Philadelphia Police Department for over 90 minutes because of the reckless and irresponsible behavior of a school police officer. We at Youth United for Change, as well as other community groups concerned about the state of public education in the city, have consistently and publicly expressed our frustration at the school district's increasing reliance on police presence to "improve climate" in our schools (through a model of "neighborhood pacification")
January 5, 2016 |
In a documentary about the making of Star Wars , the venerable Walter Cronkite lauded the first movie for lifting the United States out of our "depression of the '70s," the mood induced by the trauma of Vietnam and the skullduggery of Watergate. We were ready to believe in heroes again, and to affirm an intergalactic morality tale wrapped in dazzling special effects. Since we knew not our preternatural need for Star Wars , it hit us with the force of The Force. We can't reasonably expect J.J. Abrams to deliver the same kind of experience that George Lucas did back then, nailing the zeitgeist with a product we couldn't ask for because we didn't know we needed it. We have asked and asked; finally he's delivered an engaging flick.
September 3, 2014
AS A Daily News subscriber, I am glad that Chris Brennan's article "For the Record, publisher is sorry" addressed the Philadelphia Public Record 's changing response to widespread criticism of its use of anti-Asian slurs. I am disappointed that Mr. Brennan did not take the opportunity to educate my fellow readers about the historical roots of such slurs. Since the 1980s, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has documented the stereotype of the Asian perpetual foreigner as being the cause of numerous hate crimes perpetrated against Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs)
June 27, 2014
THE PERCEPTION some racing fans have of drivers' wives is they live in McMansions, buy expensive clothes, drive luxury cars and travel to races in private planes. Krissie Newman insists this perception isn't entirely true. "Some [wives] are glamorous, but most of us are ordinary people," she said during a recent interview. Krissie and her husband, Ryan Newman, have two young daughters. Ryan drives the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Krissie grew up in North Jersey.
June 11, 2014 |
It used to be that everybody wanted to be a director; now it turns out that everybody actually wants to be a playwright. This week, Barrymore-winning actor James Ijames, 33, will see the opening of his new play, The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington , in a production by Flashpoint Theatre Company at the Off Broad Street Theatre. And while his play is running here, he'll be down in Baltimore performing in a play written by another actor, West Philly's Colman Domingo, whose Wild With Happy is at Center Stage.
February 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Often highly skilled and high-achieving, Asian immigrants are frequently portrayed as America's "model minorities" - cliched as hardworking greengrocers or math-whiz entrepreneurs. But a new report on Asian Americans in Philadelphia released Wednesday challenges the stereotypes with a complex portrait of a community comprising more than two dozen countries of origin, and mixed levels of comfort and attainment. Disaggregating Asians by their ethnicities, the report finds pockets of poverty, gaps in education, trouble securing affordable housing, and other critical needs.