Like it or not, you have a new job in the pandemic
When can you start?
Arts journalists in the pandemic—just like all of us, really—are doing a job we never thought we’d have to do. Can we handle our new responsibilities? Alaina Johns considers.
What responsibility does 'Hamilton' have to hip-hop, theater, and the communities they represent?
Who tells your story?
Kyle V. Hiller finally had the chance to watch ‘Hamilton’ when it arrived on Disney+ last week. As the show reaches its widest audience yet, it’s time to consider its roots.
What does the proposed Wilma Globe say about accessibility in the arts?
Circling the Globe
Last week, the Wilma made a splash with plans for a post-COVID stage, but the local community raised concerns about safety and accessibility. Alaina Johns asks if the pandemic can drive new demands about arts access for all.
Unmasking the Fourth of July: whose independence are we celebrating?
Liberty just for me?
Folks who want to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday without observing COVID safety are joining a long American history of ignoring the facts. Could this year be a new opportunity for all of us? Kyle V. Hiller wonders.
Chronic illness is not a barrier to standing up for justice
What have you learned from self-care?
Alaina Johns knows what it’s like to live with chronic illness and how it can make you feel like you have nothing left to give when others need you. Can we reframe this experience to promote a world in which more people can take action?
In the midst of civil unrest, Juneteenth is here. What does emancipation mean today?
Is this my freedom?
What is Juneteenth and what does it mean for the movement happening in our current sociopolitical climate? Kyle V. Hiller considers.
When this movement goes quiet, what will be left for Black people?
Wrestling with silence
Silence is complicity. But what happens when you’re Black and you’ve been silent? What are you being complicit about? Kyle V. Hiller considers a different kind of silence.
Riots in Philadelphia: At BSR, this is why we said what we said
Here all along
Especially when our city is in crisis, BSR is a team. This is not the beginning of the work for editors Alaina and Kyle. And it’s far from the end.
Should 2020 be the year I try camping again?
Escape from Periwinkle Park
What was so bad about camping, anyway? After two and a half months of stay-at-home in South Philly, Alaina Johns tries to remember.
Who will be able to return to normalcy once quarantine is over?
When it hurts to feel safe at home
As states reopen before the coronavirus is contained, Kyle V. Hiller considers how a stressful Sunday stroll served as a preview of what life will be like post-quarantine.