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What does the Sixers’ new city jersey tell us about the future of Philadelphia?
Philly love & basketball
The Sixers' unveiling of their new city jerseys came just days after election week. For Kyle V. Hiller, the two events offer a lot to debate about Philly’s identity.
#LightsOn tells Philly leaders that our arts scene won’t survive without economic relief
Budgets ask how; the arts ask why
Another COVID lockdown grips Philadelphia through the end of the year. Many arts organizations were already on a precipice. BSR seconds a campaign from the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Philly Culture United for crucial economic relief.
The post-election country loves Philly for its fight—but what about our cultural scene?
The arts, the vote, and Philadelphia (you’re welcome, America)
Commentators across the country all have the same long list of examples proving that Philly takes no prisoners, but these viral round-ups are missing our artistic soul. Alaina Johns considers.
In the 2020 general election, do we know why we’re voting?
This vote is personal
Who are politics for? Why should we care? Kyle V. Hiller asks what makes voting important on a personal level, and remembers what got him started.
I didn’t find reverie in ‘Lovecraft Country,’ but that’s not what I’m looking for
Escapism is not for us
The adaptation of the 2016 novel ‘Lovecraft Country’ tackles racism during the Jim Crow era with science fiction, but it also brings to light problems Black storytellers face today. Kyle V. Hiller considers.
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Here’s why you aren’t seeing articles about Trump in BSR this election season
Just in case it needs to be said
If we don’t comment on the current White House, what can we comment on? Plenty, as it turns out—and focusing our energy away from the president is the perfect comment in itself. Alaina Johns explains.
In mourning RBG, don’t skip contacting your senators
The dreaded phone call
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, Sept. 18. On Monday, the 21st, Alaina Johns contacted her senators (again). Does it even matter? Yes. Here’s why.
After a two-week hiatus, what have we learned about rest at BSR?
Waking up to the power of rest
Rest is trickier than it seems. How do we get enough? Why do we get enough—or not? What expectations come along with rest? Kyle V. Hiller wants you to take a nap.
Here’s why BSR is taking time off for the first time ever
The great protest rest
BSR is taking its first-ever break, and will post no new articles from August 2 through 16. Editors Kyle V. Hiller and Alaina Johns explain why.
Arts organizations are reopening, but for now, we’re keeping our digital focus
It’s still about accessibility
Four months into the pandemic, here’s an update from editor Alaina Johns about BSR’s approach to a reopening Philadelphia.