By Michael Alan Goldberg
Standing next to one of the grand archways that leads to the heart of City Hall, Diop Olugbala presents himself as the face of the masses of Philadelphians he says are being targeted by Mayor Nutter: young, black, mistreated, misunderstood, mischaracterized. The mayor, police and the city’s “ruling elite,” he says, “look at us and simply because of the way we look and dress and talk, they assume we’re criminals. Animals. Inarticulate.”
By Ada Kulesza
On the third floor of the Art Sanctuary in South Philly, Lorene Cary fills a skillet with batter and pops it in the oven. The founder of the arts organization is making cornbread, answering emails, giving an interview and getting ready to head to a business breakfast downstairs. The Penn lecturer and nationally recognized novelist is busy, to say the least. And today, she’ll start a new job—as School Reform Commission member.
By Tara Murtha
Journalist Steve Lopez once wrote that Philadelphia is a city without pretense in a state without shame—and that was long before Harrisburg legislators stooped low enough to exploit murdered babies to push a bill into law that would result in what critics call a “back-door ban” on abortion in Pennsylvania.
Do you guys even watch Eagles games? Because, judging from your piece “The Best Reason to Boycott the Eagles,” it looks like all you do is take a look at the stat sheet and then try to talk like you actually watched the game.