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Voices From a Jamaican Incursion

Penn Museum exhibit examines four days of state-involved violence

(Photo Left) Orando's story is part of the “Bearing Witness” exhibit at Penn Museum through July 15, 2018. Photo by Varun Baker.

At first glance, the May 2010 incident at Jamaica’s Tivoli Gardens — the subject of a new Penn Museum exhibit titled “Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston” — isn’t easily compared to state-involved violence in the United States.

Tivoli was a four-day “incursion” that left 75 people dead in a single public housing area and that involved Jamaican security forces seeking to extradite to the U.S. a resident wanted for drug- and gun-trafficking.

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Power Performer

Local actress, playwright, poet is artistic force of nature

(Photo Left) Nikki Powerhouse performing her one-woman show at the Painted Bride Performing Arts Center in Old City. Photo courtesy of Nikki Powerhouse.

Nikki Powerhouse strikes an imposing...

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Planting Season

Cobbs Creek area draws forecast for brighter future

(Photo Left) Workers from Tree Philly at a tree give-away, near the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center. Photo by Alicia Burbage.

When the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and TD Bank teamed up to give...

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Beauty of The Beholder

Award-winning costume designer’s latest venture is Black Dolls Matter

(Photo Left) Black Dolls Matter founder and CEO Mark Ruffin. He promotes Black dolls and makes custom clothing for them.  Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Veteran dollmaker and Emmy-winning costume designer...

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Teaching and Learning

Issues of race and education find growing audiences

(Photo Left) From left, Ali Michael, Eddie Moore Jr. and Marguerite W. Penick-Parks share a selfie. Photo courtesy of Corwin/SAGE Publishing.

Some of the statistics around Blacks and education are stark, particularly when it comes to...

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The Joy of Clowning

Group reminds spectators that clowns bring smiles and laughs

(Photo Left) Dai Meeks a.k.a. ChaCha the clown, with young people from Attucks Elementary School, Kansas City, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Dai Meeks.

For their Annual Halloween Safe Corridor gathering, which took place on Tuesday...

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Action Required

Award-winning actor Hill Harper addresses Philly community on engagement

(Photo Left) Actor and Author Hill Harper speaking at the School District of Philadelphia as part of Family Engagement Month. 

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Tales Worth Sharing

Tribute to local historians cancelled, but stories should continue

(Photo Left) (L to R) Sonny Driver, Sonny Hopson and Bruce Webb. Photo courtesy of Bob Lott.

Sadly, Teamwork Media Group International has cancelled its evening-length documentary  tribute to...

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Bridging Generations

United Negro College Fund aims for millennials, attracts all

(Photos Left) Scenes from UNCF fundraiser on the East Falls Bridge.  Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Generations ago, the phrase, “A mind...

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Return to Strawberry Mansion

New John Coltrane mural rises after original succumbs to development

(Photo Left) From left, Joey Harris, Sen. Vincent Hughes, Cathy Harris and Jane Golden of Mural Arts, and Artist Ernel Martinez at the John Coltrane mural dedication in Strawberry Mansion.  Photo by Sarah J...

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Baby Business

Mother-daughter team creates lifelike dolls for profit, therapy

(Photo Left) Chevonne and Arial Porter create reborn customized dolls from their Philadelphia home. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

The website belonging to 15-year-old Arial Porter and her mom Chevonne features baby Owen. At about...

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