A party with a purpose!
It’s National Coming Out Day! While attending Out Fedt this past weekend in center city, I had the chance to speaks with very out and proud members of the a philadlephia LGBTQI communities and they had a lot to say!
Lesbian Couple: “We get really excited because everybody is so happy and…. why can’t the world just be like this all the time?”
Amidst all the fun, there’s a reminder that the fight is ongoing. President Trump recently began rolling back Obama era protections for the LGBTQI communities and some believe that gives even greater meaning to National Coming Out Day.
Gay Married Couple: Today has a purpose, it’s to let everyone know that we are here and we aren’t going anywhere.
Mike & his long time partner just arrived at OutFest after attending church.
Outfest is the largest National Coming Out Day event in the world and Fanny Price says the event really a party with a purpose.
Frannie Price: “It’s about visibility. Today we party and we’ll worry about Trump tomorrow.”
Lesbian Mothers, Michelle Angelo and her partner are white lesbian raising black daughters and they never thought that in 2017 they would be fighting for both their rights and the rights of their two children. Michelle said, they began their family during Barak Obama’s presidency and they were looking forward to the future and felt raising their daughters in America was certainly a “good thing,” but today they are not only frightened but worry they are less safe in a country that once led the world in civil rights progression. However, they believe after Trump’s latest actions, he and his administration are perpetuating hate and moving this country in the wrong direction.
Michelle: “We’re people too and we also deserve freedom to love.”
HRC representative, Liz Balcolm, is determined to be inspired by the lack of support from Trump and his administration and she is not about lay down the baton or give up the mantel of hope. She is ready to fight even harder for her rights, and the rights of everyone in this country, “to live as who and what they are.”
Liz: “I think I call now is that we just keep fighting the fight.”I’ll text now and text more than 40,000 people, 150 vendors and community organizations.
We live in a time of growing conflict. Families are divided, couples are doubting the person they sleep next to at night and childhood friends are questioning decades of friendship. There is a dangerous divisiveness growing taller between us and this wall is creating an air of “us against them.” Like many, my partner and I found ourselves glaring at one another from opposite sides.
Our time at the dinner table is spent in heated conversations. Recently, as a point of contension, she held firm to her conviction and it was all I could do to hold on to who I thought she was, as she shouted across the room,” Batman would defeat Superman in any fight.” How could someone so smart be so wrong?
The DC family stands divided.
With a hailstorm of conflict and emotion, Batman vs Superman comes out in theaters this week. One caped & contoured. The other, powered by rockets and chiseled features armed with quiet masculinity. Beyond the protective spandex & bullet proof mask, who really has the advantage?
Director, Jack Snyder believes he has vivid insight into this DC dilemma, and his film will tell the story without exploitation but with great precision. Dawn of Justice can be broken down into categories of advantage from a utility belt to inherent strength. Here are some of the categories. You decide.
1.) Car v Cape
3.) Secret identity
4.) Epic crash pad
6.) Back story
7.) Fighting Skills
9.) Villainous enemies
10.) Memorable Deaths
The DC family is left to wonder if a divided house will fall? This could change everything.
Dawn of Justice 2016
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Mayor James F. Kenney made a promise to Black Voters and broke that very promise within weeks of taking office.
Kenney stated, “my position on stop-and-frisk hasn’t changed.”
But it has changed.
And Kenney didn’t stop there. He suggested the name of stop-and-frisk and said that wasn’t the actual problem as it was “unfortunate terminology.” His play on words is simply playing with black and brown lives.
Many whites and middle class people of color are unaware of the life curtailing effects and great number of stop-and-frisk. Most people of affluence don’t know because stop-and-frisk focuses on poor neighborhoods of color. In fact, almost 90 percent of those frisked were black or brown.
The streets of Philadelphia are still ringing with the silence of Kenney’s promise, “If I’m mayor, stop-and-frisk will end in Philadelphia, no question.” In case black voters doubted his sincerity, he followed up by explaining that “83 percent of the time, stop-and-frisk does not result in an arrest or recovery of a weapon.”
In an attempt to mitigate the pressure of being squeezed between the Fraternal Order of Police, who prefer stop-and-frisk and his pledge to black voters who helped put him in office he chose to break that very pledge only weeks after being in office.
Yet, John McNesby, leader of the FOP is famed for his chest pounding support of stop-and-frisk.
McNesby recently said, “Everybody is making a big deal out of stop-and-frisk.” “You’re allowed to stop-and-frisk under a Supreme Court ruling,”
We must be reminded by history, just because it may be the law doesn’t make it right.
As in 2009, over a quarter of a million stops were made by the Philly PD rivaling NYC’s numbers with a fraction of them claiming “reasonable suspicion.”
With the risk of violating a large percentage of people’s constitutional rights- still In 2014 a minor decrease was reported at 200,000 stops, with only 47 percent based on “reasonable suspicion.”
At the My Brother Keepers event just months ago, I listened to Kenney make this promise to a room full of hopeful young students of color at the Philadelphia Community College. He promised a robust end the stop-and-frisk. Kenney was applauded with vigor as many attendees expressed their fear of feeling hunted in Philly streets by police. Kenney claimed to agree that people of color are unproportuntaely targeted by the PPD and as a result has fractured relations between the PPD and local communities of color. With a straight back, Kenney once again promised to end the era of stop and frisk to usher Philadelhia into an era of equality.
Kenney’s broken promise will certainly lead to the infringement of more Philadelphian’s constitutional rights and more lives being sacrificed to the private prison industrial complex. In this flammable time of fueled racial tensions and civil rights violations targeting people of color as reflections of fascism and plutocracy mine the despair of a lost middle class, we can’t afford to be silent on this in our own back yard.
Now Philadelphia’s black and brown communities are left to wonder, Where do we go from here?
All content and photos provided by Shara Dae.
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Is leap year a real thing?!
There actually is a science to it all. There is a legitimate reason only once every four years, everyone gets an extra 24 hours.
While there are 365 days in a calendar year, it actually takes a little longer (365.2422 days longer for you math heads) for the Earth to circle around the sun, thus adding up to 365 days and 6 hours.
Then multiply 6 x 4.
If you can manage to do the fine and fantastic math- it all adds up to 24 extra hours. But what do we do with this extra 24 hours? How do we fit that in? It’s simple and rather convenient if you ask me. We just add an extra 24 hours into the calendar once every four years to set us right with the Earth’s movement around the sun.
Still don’t get it? Well then let’s break it down.
-A century year is a leap year only if it is divisible by 400.
-So years such as 1700, 1800 and 1900 weren’t leap years. But, of course, 2016 is a leap year.
Well, that just confused me too. So, let’s concentrate on the fun stuff!
Fun factoid: Leap day itself, Feb. 29, has long been the inspiration of folklore since introduced by Julius Caesar more than 2000 years ago. For example, in Scotland Leap Day used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on this day, similar to that of Friday 13th. Even Greeks considered it unlucky for couples to marry not only on the day but during the entire year.
But on the bright side, women were thought to have an extra gift on Leap Day. In an old Irish tradition as folklore says, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to their men.
Not to mention, many historians believe this Irish custom introduced balance to the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.
In the words of the Notorious B.I.G., “if you don’t know…now ya know!”
Hosted by Mayor Michael Nutter, more than 200 people turned out for the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK)event early Friday at The Community College of Philadelphia. MBK is a 2014 initiative started by President Barak Obama to build support for communities to scale back opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color. Mayor Elect Jim Kenney was also present and addressed the inequities within the city and passionately shared how he plans to improve relations between the Philadelphia Police Department and black youth.
Kenney acknowledged that black men are disproportionately stopped by police and vows to make positive changes when he begins his term as Mayor.Kenney said, “My son is 26 and a young version of me and he’s never been stopped and frisked. I am 57 years old and I have never been stopped and frisked & I apologize to you for the times you’ve been disrespected.”
- Mayor Elect Kenney Speaks at 2015 My Brother’s Keeper a Event
Reimagining Philly’s Urban Spaces
What and who are hanging out along Pear Street in Philadelphia? It’s the Pearl Street Passage, a collection of design projects greening the Chinatown North Callowhill neighborhood in an attempt to remind Philly to dream green. Curators of the temporary installation project say this is a precursor to the upcoming Reading Viaduct Rehabilitation in this very neighborhood.
Dancers performing within an art installation.
Groundswell & Design Center for Architecture have combined talent & resources to highlight collaboration in design. Laura Rennekamp, Project Manager/Curator at Groundswell Design Group, shared that the goal of the project is to create a collaborative green space within a blighted alleyway of Pearl Street to explore the possibilities of urban space. Rennekamp said, “Reimagining our alleyway to share with people and share our time.”
Hip Hop Fundamentals performing for the Pearl Street Block party audience. Photo credit:Su Mathew
You can also catch dancers, DJs, bands while buying some produce from local farmers along the Pearl Street Block Party. The exhibition will be open to the public throughout the weekend of October 8th through Oct 11th.
Justin Dula, contributing artist.
Justin Dula, a local Philadelphia artist, is sharing his ideas on collaboration, green spaces and industrial areas with his Paricscope tower installation- which he hopes to convey the potential future of the viaduct by combining green space with an industrial neighborhood. Dula wants to remind people to look up & see the skyline alongside a green landscape.
Justin Dula’s installation -Parascope Tower
Neighbors can look forward to more installations, projects and viaduct tours in the upcoming weeks for local artists and design groups.
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In preparation for the World Meeting of Families 2015 Papal Visit, The City of Philadelphia released event details for the weekend of Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.
Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter, expressed excitement saying the neighborhoods in Center City Philadelphia will be most impacted by the Papal Visit, but everyone has the opportunity to participate in this historic event.
The Mayor asked Philadelphians to get excited and to get involved saying, “This is an incredible moment for our City and the Nation.”
Philadelphians like Kimberly Dolan, are welcoming the Pope and all the excitement surrounding the Papal Visit because she says, ” this is something I can share with my family and the entire world.” Dolan, hopes to be one of few Philadelphia Catholics to shake the Pope’s hand as she would even just settle for a glimpse of the popular Pontiff. However, Dolan admits, “a hug or handshake would be the experience of a lifetime.”
- Nash, standing in the service line at Pep Boys.
But not everyone is looking forward to the Pope’s arrival. Nash, whom I met in the service line at Pep Boys along Columbus Blvd., referred to the Papal Visit as Pope-Megeddon. Nash said he was getting his car repaired before rushing out of town for three days because, “this Papal production is too much of a hassle so I’m getting the heck outta here.”
Hatred can be consumed like water.
When one is cut,
this water thickens the blood
preventing humanity from pouring out.
Hatred lives by burial- binding &
wrenching to kill its host
Hatred anchors the spirit.
Though, living to love enough,
far, intimate or remote,
can simply lift you up.
Philly Pride Weekend is still reverberating throughout the city. Sunday was a day of color clad pride, enthusiasm and glitter covered streets. Fran Dresher, a long time ally of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities (LBGT), was just a single highlight of the annual festival.
City Hall’s Director of LGBT Affairs and Dr. Rachel Levin
PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival is the largest celebration of LGBT pride in the region. Over the years attracting over 25,000 people each year. Yes, 2015 was no exception. Also, celebrated was the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Independence Hall gay rights protest/picketing.
Local celebrities ga-y-lore carried the banner of LGBTQ Pride throughout the day from Parade route to Main Stage. Miss Philly Gay Pride 2014 “Mimi ImFurst” and Mr. Philly Gay Pride 2014 “Jimmy Two Finga” were just two of the long list of local celebrities. Audiences also enjoyed fabulous performances by J Carson and the Attic Youth Center. The weekend ended on the stiletto heels of the Ms Philly Gay Pride Pageant.
Mommy & Baby celebrating National Coming Out Day with the Attic Youth Center.
The glitz and glamour of Philly’s Pride weekend stretched from club scene dance parties and outrageous block parties to the Out Fest on Main Stage at Penns Landing. As Franny Price, President of Philly Pride Presents, says “National Coming Out Day was a record breaking success and we are already planning the festivities of the 2016 celebration, because Pride never quits.”