Guest Commentary: “I sing to the people of Philadelphia”

A local poet writes—and reads—a paean to the city he loves

By g emil reutter

Citizen of the Week: Kemar Jewel

The Philly native and Temple-trained choreographer has gone viral with dances that celebrate the Black queer experience—and offer hope for all of us

By Jessica Blatt Press

Things to Do in Philly This Week

Catch a flick or two during Philadelphia's “Black Sundance,” grab some new greenery for your home at a PHS Pop-Up Garden plant swap and more fun happenings in Philadelphia this week

By Josh Middleton

Mystery Shopper: Requesting a New Book at the Free Library

If there's a book you want that's not part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection, will they add it to the catalogue? In the latest installment of our Mystery Shopper series, one of The Citizen’s (many) resident bookworms finds out.

The Citizen Recommends: BlackStar Film Festival

Come together to support and celebrate the visionary work of Black, brown, and indigenous filmmakers from August 4 through 8

By Isabelle Eisenberg

Excerpt: The Engagement by Sasha Issenberg

The author of a new history of same-sex marriage joins The Citizen for an event next Tuesday. Here, an excerpt from the the highly acclaimed book.

A Boost for Local Arts

Forman Arts Initiative announced the first-ever grantees of its program to support local artists. Here, a look at who they are—and how they contribute to our thriving local arts scene

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Recommends: Good Pitch Local

On July 27, tune in to support local mediamakers and storytellers working to shine light on urgent issues facing Philadelphia communities

By Emily Neil