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Above the law, and beyond expectations

Attorney, activist, educator, writer Michael Coard opens new and unique criminal defense law office

(Photo Left) Philadelphia attorney and activist Michael Coard. Photo courtesy of Michael Coard.

Local attorney Michael Coard points out that the new law office he’s opened on the 37th floor of the Mellon Bank building at 17th and Market streets is unique in two ways.

The practice is called Above the Law and promises to promote justice first and law second.

“It focuses on major felonies, primarily murder and other serious charges. All of which involve a sliding fee scale, which means clients pay what they can reasonably afford,” Coard states, adding, “Apart from that, anyone arrested for protesting racial...

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Tales from the heart of gentrification

Grant recipient gathers stories from old/new residents of S. Philly neighborhoods

(Photo Left) From left, Donnell Powell, project photographer, Alice H. Shockley, resident, and Lisa Nelson-Haynes on the 1600 block of Wharton Street following a story circle. Photo by Sarah J...

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A future worth celebrating

On 100th school day, students meet with 100 professional men of color

(Photo Left) Students greet members of Temple’s Football Team. Photo Courtesy: Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy

Child experts often point to the importance of role models in youth development...

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Intersecting Views

Discussion compares, contrasts views of Du Bois, Booker T. Washington

(Photo Left) Speakers, (L) City of Philadelphia Chief Diversity Officer Nolan Atkinson and (R) Dr. Donald Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia. Photo by Dennis Gingell, Community College of...

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Reflections on a Bibliophile

Charles L. Blockson collection of African-American books and materials receiving deserved attention

(Photo Left) Charles L. Blockson. Photo courtesy of WPSU Penn State.

When Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks was in Mechanicsburg curating the exhibit about a historic section of...

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On a Mission to Educate

Filmmaker Bob Lott’s documentary on Jesse Owens, and fellow black Olympians to receive new attention

(Photo Left) Bob Lott is the executive producer of Teamwork Productions. Photo courtesy of Bob Lott.

When “Race” opened in national theatres...

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Eye of the Beholder

Well-rounded filmmaker contributes to installation on Black History and white art

(Photo Left) Filmmaker Nadine Patterson describes one of her photographs that shows chains used to bind slaves. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Philadelphia filmmaker Nadine Patterson...

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Illustrating the demand for black children’s books

Annual African American Children’s Book Fair hits 24 years

(Photo Left) Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati is the founder of the African American Children’s Book Fair. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

When Marley Dias, an 11-year-old South Jersey girl, got “sick of reading...

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A (Sexy) Evening at the Museum

Unique offerings for Valentine’s Day romantics

(Photos from Left to...

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Where geeks go hard

LEGO league competition brings local schools together for solutions, fun

(Photo Left) Independence Charter School competitors Jelani Starks, Brandon White, Maximillian Winarto, and Gabari Starks. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

A long day of intense competition culminates with a celebration in...

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For the Fashionable Muslimah

Line of abayas and hijabs by international fashion house catches local, global attention

(Photos from Left to Right) Faatimah Gable. Photo courtesy of Universal...

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