Articles for the Month of September 2014

Shonda Rhimes Runs Thursday Night Must See TV

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The Thursday night premier of How to Get Away With Murder, was a hit. The premier prompted positive responses throughout Facebook & Twitter as audiences were riveted by Shonda Rhimes’ new Thursday night lineup. The overwhelming feedback was that How to Get Away With Murder appears to be an interesting mix of styles from Grey’s Anatomy to Scandal. Shonda hit the nail on the head with her characters who are young and compelling- capturing a wide demographic. Not to mention the show has a certain historic cashe as it is set right here in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.

Shonda Rhimes, the prolific producer behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal has done it again. How to Get Away With Murder, was all the buzz leading up to, during and hours after  premier on 6abc Thursday night. This is possibly the best revenge in response to a New York Times failed feature designed to put the spotlight on Rhimes’ ability to break down stereotypes essentially reduced the prolific showrunner to an “angry black woman.”

Social media was popping after The New York Times story went viral as audiences were furious and frustrated with what was perceived as the authors careless and linear view of women of color. The story haplessly gave Rhimes back-handed compliments, thus perpetuating stereotyping of black women as “angry,” rather than driven, talented and rightfully successful-in Rhimes’s case.

In response, producers and stars from all three shows gathered Saturday night in Hollywood to kickoff the fall’s Shondaland “TGIT” programming block. At this viewing, The Hollywood Reporter asked stars to describe Rhimes in three words and no one uttered “angry black woman. Here’s what they had to say about Shonda Rhimes,

Kerry Washington, Scandal
Brilliant, compassionate, courageous

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Innovative, courageous, visionary

Kevin McKidd, Grey’s Anatomy
Inspirational, intuitive, deeply passionate

Bellamy Young, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal
Genius life-changer

Tom Verica, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder
Beautiful, gifted, powerful

Caterina Scorsone, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice
Kaleidoscopic, nuanced, compassionate

Brian Sims Love Park Rally in Philly

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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Brian Sims is galvanizing the LGBTQ communities as more than 300 people took part in a his Love Park rally advocating for Hate Crime legislation in PA. Sims and his supporters at the rally demanded protections for LGBT people be added in Pennsylvania’s hate-crime law. The rally was organized by Sims in response to the recent attack on two gay men in Center City Philadelphia, his legislative district.

Sims said, “There are some in Harrisburg who object to restoring sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the hate-crime law. But they haven’t been calling for repeal of the law’s remaining protections, for victims targeted because of their race, color, religion or national origin — they know they would take a political hit for that. Unfortunately, they think there’s no political penalty or constituent outrage to face for leaving out women, LGBT people, or people targeted because of their ancestry or mental or physical disability. Pennsylvanians who don’t like this injustice need to let their state representative and senator know now.”

Dilworth Park in Philadelphia is Open!

Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park is helping to bring Philadelphia into the 21st Century of Urban Centers. The $55 million renovation of the concrete-laden Dilworth Plaza into a fun, modern & green Dilworth Park is complete.

After more than seven years of anticipation, design and construction, Dilworth Park officially opened in early September to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a day-long community-driven festival and an entire weekend long celebration.

The transformation of the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public space has been in the works for almost as long as it has drawn controversy and all eyes on deck attention.

So this is the Layout.
The 120,557-square-foot public park will create a dynamic and accessible new hub for pedestrians, commuters, visitors — really, for all of Philadelphia.

As a reflection of the park’s multi-use space, Dilworth Park includes an enormous Great Lawn, an outdoor cafe operated by Jose Garces, a computer-programmable fountain, six tree groves, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets and an ice-skating rink in season.

And as the cherry on top, SEPTA transit lines will now be far more accessible with new elevators and new stairs, sheltered by cool-looking clear glass headhouses, to connect the surface streets with new entrances to the Market and Broad Street Lines and transit hub below, a system that transports more than 300,000 passengers daily.

Designed by KieranTimberlake architects, OLIN landscape architects and Urban Engineers — teams well known locally for developing dynamic designs — Dilworth Park will most certainly bring a new vibrancy to Central Square.