July 15, 2015 |
Outside a luncheon for young members at the NAACP's annual convention, Ivan Gomez Wei stood, frustrated with the organization he had joined to make a difference. The 24-year-old president of the civil rights organization's youth and college division in New Jersey came looking for inspiration, to continue what he described as a battle to have the NAACP take his ideas about activism more seriously. Inside, a former undocumented immigrant who went on to graduate from Stanford University, approached the lectern to tell Wei - and others - why they should let nothing stop them.
July 14, 2015 |
JEROME ALLEN looked at his time back coaching at his alma mater as an "opportunity. " When that ended in March, he did not really understand why everybody kept asking him how he was doing. He was taking his kids to school, helping coach a girl's soccer team at his church, continuing to teach four classes at Strawberry Mansion Promise Academy. He was doing just fine waiting for the next opportunity. That has come with Brad Stevens and the Celtics. Allen just spent the last week in Boston and will become a Celtics assistant coach.
July 2, 2015 |
The powder looks harmless enough. But when added to water, the packet of Palcohol creates an adult beverage with the same alcohol content of a standard mixed drink. It can also be snorted, creating a choking hazard, or abused, by adding too much powder or mixing it with drugs for a dangerous high, state lawmakers said. Legislation that would prohibit the sale, delivery, or purchase of powdered alcohol is awaiting Gov. Christie's signature following overwhelming approval Monday by the Senate and Thursday by the Assembly.
June 12, 2015 |
MELISSA ALVAREZ enjoys it when police officers behave like pals. "This officer just took a selfie with me, the other greeted us with high-fives," said the 17-year-old Frankford resident, who is also president of the Philadelphia Youth Commission. "I want to see more officers like that!" Alvarez was one of several panelists at "Securing our Future," a meeting on community policing yesterday in City Hall organized by several groups including the Police Advisory Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the mayor's office.
May 15, 2015 |
YOUNG PEOPLE are disaffected with the political process and lack any interest in running for office, a new book by Jennifer Lawless, of American University, and Richard Fox, of Loyola Marymount University, demonstrates. Yet the book itself perhaps unintentionally underscores one of the key reasons why: We know too much about our politicians. There are 519,682 elected officials in the U.S., the authors note, the vast majority of whom hold local jobs; they are mayors, city councillors, school-board members, coroners or recorders of deeds.
April 14, 2015 |
A FUNNY THING happened on the way out of the forum. Not ha-ha funny, but stay with me for a moment. It happened Thursday, after yet another mayoral forum - this one hosted by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, at Community College of Philadelphia. When all six candidates were offstage, where they posed for photos, I had a chance to pose one final question, so I asked: What didn't we ask you tonight that you wish we had? During the next 12 minutes, we had chest-pounding, insinuations and even a little drama.
March 27, 2015 |
When the Camden Supper Club convenes, optimism is on the menu. The informal monthly dinner is a chance for young city residents, students, entrepreneurs, and others to break bread together - and enjoy a night out in a town they believe is on the rise. "This is amazing," Web designer Joseph Russell, 30, says, sampling stewed oxtail over rice Tuesday at the Reggae Grill on the 2100 block of Federal Street, where 15 people are sharing the table. Like Russell, a Collingswood resident, some live outside the city.
March 13, 2015 |
ON MARCH 6, I attended the funeral of one of my cousins. It was the day after the young officer, Robert Wilson, was shot while attempting to buy his son a birthday gift. As I lay in bed, I reminisced about my cousin and how we both had our struggles in life growing up and how, like me, he had come to peace with himself. Just as my cousin was making peace with himself, an incident happened where he lived, at the Safe Haven Veterans Home. He was found dead, mysteriously. His struggles were over.
March 12, 2015 |
It should be no secret by now that having guns in the home increases the chances that a member of the family will kill himself or herself. But the extent of the increase may surprise some people. In a study of adults, epidemiologist Douglas Wiebe found that the risk of suicide is three times higher for people who have a gun in the home than for people without guns. Guns in the home also raise the risk of homicide and accidental deaths. "The bottom line is that people with a gun in the home are more likely to die by suicide than other people," said Wiebe, who studies risks associated with gun ownership at the University of Pennsylvania.
January 21, 2015 |
IT WAS ALMOST one big bucket of buttery popcorn all for me at Riverview Cinemas on Sunday. The nasty weather that wreaked havoc on Philly roads over the weekend also forced most of the young people I invited to see "Selma" to cancel. Sixteen-year-old Zoie Thomas rescued me and my waistline. After her doll of a mother dropped her off and I gave away the other tickets to people in line - pay it forward, or backward in this case - we headed in. Turns out Thomas had seen the movie already.