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On Our Own Ground

Selection from Philly’s BlackStar Film Festival shines light on Pennsylvania-born August Wilson

(Photo Left) August Wilson. Photo courtesy: Black Star Film Festival.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation had a few points it wanted to make in sponsoring the BlackStar Film Festival, which took place July 31-Aug. 3 in Philadelphia and is hailed by Ebony magazine as “the black Sundance.”

“Black history is American history. Black stories are American stories,” the foundation stated in a 2014 press release. “Black identity is not small, narrow or one size fits all. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are two cities whose histories are inextricably linked to the contributions and legacy of the black...

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Doing Right By Our Kids

New report says child poverty higher than during Recession

(Photo Left) In Philadelphia, the child poverty rate is about 40 percent, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. It also says 12.9 percent of the city’s children live in deep poverty. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

I...

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Making Tracks in Pennsylvania

Movement against high-stakes testing in public schools gaining traction

(Photos Left to Right) Parent Ron Rice, with his sons, show their support. (right) Dr. Jesse Turner being interviewed by KYW News...

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A Different Space for Youth

Q Spot gathers LGBTQ youth for life lessons, no judgement

(Photo Left) Quincy Riley-Greene is the co-founder of the Q Spot, a program for LGBTQ youth. The program offers HIV/STD screening, academic
support, vocational guidance, leadership opportunities and a safe social gathering...

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The Joy of Magic

Philly magician Ran’D Shine makes dreams, and smiles, appear

(Photo Left) Ran’D Shine is a staple in the Heart & Soul of Magic show. Photo courtesy of Randy Shine.

When Ran’D (Randy) Shine informed...

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Fear of a Changing Neighborhood

PHA reshaping N. Philly’s Sharswood area with 1,300 eminent domain properties

(Photos Left to Right) Reynolds School in North Philly at 24th and Jefferson Streets.  (right) Outside of...

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Rescuing "Invisible Children"

Advocate, author, educator Connie Grier passionate about reunifying incarcerated parents, children
(Photo Left) Connie Grier, educator and founder of the Successful Teens Aware, Resilient and Strong (STARS) mentoring program. Photo by Sarah J. Glover
On June 10, Connie Grier’s...

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New Path to Health

Philly-created Latinas in Motion group now in eight states

(Photo Left) Moments from the...

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Celebrating Fruits of Their Labor

Block parties, tours, activities sprout  for Community Garden Day

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Casting His Own Light

Celebration marks life of Kemah, son of Church of the Advocate’s Paul Washington

(Photos Left to...

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Summer of Gaga Ahead!

Popular camp game attracts local kids for day of ‘dodge ball-like’ competition

(Photos Left to Right) Caleb Epstein, 10, of Bala Cywyd, hits the ball during a game of gaga at Independence...

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Liberty City Press is an independent weekly newspaper distributed by the Philadelphia Multi-Cultural Media Network whose members include Philadelphia Sunday Sun, The Philadelphia Gay News, Al Dia, The Metro Chinese Weekly and The Metro Viet News.

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