The Citizen Recommends: “Black Talk, a Language Deferred”

Philadelphia photographer Danielle Morris, who will speak in University City Thursday, on her self-driven pursuit of fine art photography and the cultural reframing of Black speech

By Lauren McCutcheon

Slapstick Masculinity

Unpacking Will Smith’s Oscars slap

By James Peterson

Is the Inquirer Too Woke?

The paper’s recent well-meaning story about its own history on race relations raises overdue questions about class, too

By Larry Platt

Guest Commentary: Up With Black Businesswomen

Reducing the wage gap for Black women could add more than $300 billion to the U.S. economy. That’s why, a local business owner notes, we should do all we can to help Black women entrepreneurs succeed

By Aliya Johnson-Roberts

Guest Commentary: Keeping Mothers—and Their Babies—Alive

Black women made up 43 percent of births in Philly but 73 percent of pregnancy-related deaths from 2013 to 2018. We must, the Science Center’s CEO urges, commit more resources in maternal health—and the leaders close to the cause

By Tiffany Wilson

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

Reality Check: One Word to Fix Philly’s Trash Crisis? Invest.

Illegal dumping sites like the one Ya Fav Trashman tried to clean up last month are a product of longtime disinvestment in Black neighborhoods. WURD’s mid-day host challenges the city to match Ya Fav’s commitment.

By Charles D. Ellison

Let’s Make Every Day A Day of Service

Philly’s MLK Day of Service is the nation’s biggest. But it doesn’t capture who King really was. We must do better.

By Larry Platt