Listen: Ali Velshi Banned Book Club on All American Boys

The MSNBC host talks with authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely about the creation and messages of their book, All American Boys.

By Ali Velshi

The Problem with Blaming Parents for Kids’ Unlawful Behavior

When parents themselves are disadvantaged — single, impoverished, young — a community of adults must step up to help children

By Jemille Q. Duncan

The Color of Law: The Rise of the Philadelphia Black Lawyer

A longtime legal legend created a detailed timeline of Black lawyers in America. Here, a look at how A. Leon Higginbotham intersected with that timeline — and made history himself

By Carl Singley

The Color of Law: “Who Will Carry the Baton?”

A conversation with Judge A. Leon Higginbotham opens his nephew’s mind to the urgency for a new civil rights movement in America

By F. Michael Higginbotham and Jose Felipe Anderson

The Return of Stop and Frisk?

The debate, floated by Council President Darrell Clarke and engaged by Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, is proof that, when it comes to combatting gun violence in Philadelphia, our leaders live in a fact-free zone

By Larry Platt

Framing Black Joy

Andrea “Philly” Walls’ photos of Black joy can be seen as a visual act of ongoing resistance. They are, also, the exact antidote to the time we live in

By James Peterson

The Story of the Storytellers

Juneteenth is a narrative of liberation and struggle that, until recently, was little-known. Who is telling the other unknown stories of Black life in Philly?

By James Peterson

The Liberation Relay

Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery, is finally a City holiday — but Black Americans’ fight for freedom is long and enduring

By James Peterson