Philly Culture United urges City Council not to defund the arts
Philly artists rally against defunding
Suzanne Cloud spotlights Philly Culture United, an action campaign to save the city’s funding for arts and culture.
Racism is a lifetime of tiny cuts. They won’t stop unless we all speak up.
“The Good Black”
The George Floyd protests helped An Nichols to reflect on her past in a white-dominated culture.
How Alexander Iziliaev went from dancer to photographer at the PA Ballet
After dancing, another shot at ballet
Photographer Alexander Iziliaev put one passion aside when he became a dancer. Now that he’s stepped off the stage, he can bring something to his art form that others behind the camera cannot. He talks with Camille Bacon-Smith.
When conspiracies aren’t theories: what is COVID teaching the next generation?
Living conspiracies, teaching truth
In a class on combatting conspiracy theories and misinformation in the era of COVID-19, I teach teenagers to recognize dangerous distractions from reality. But what about the conspiracies that materially affect their lives?
As protests against police brutality ignite, what can Black officers tell us?
Protests are not enough
America is reckoning with its racist institutions, including police forces that disproportionately target Black people and people of color. But what about the officers working inside this system while also experiencing systemic racism? Daralyse Lyons considers.
I’m one of those people who’s making more money now that I’m unemployed
You got a problem with that?
Roz Warren is grateful for her CARES Act-boosted unemployment check since she was furloughed from her job at her local library. But there’s something else she wants even more.
Even in a pandemic, there are some questions only storytellers can answer
Surviving on stories; stories on surviving
Stephen King wrote ‘The Stand’ and Camus wrote ‘The Plague.’ They’re not the first or the last to mine rampant sickness for human meaning. Anndee Hochman wonders how our storytellers will make sense of COVID-19.
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Surviving the coronavirus conspiracy kickoff
Get a grip, friends
Suzanne Cloud was getting more messages than usual—and the contents were worrying. Instead of inhaling vinegar, she’s talking with her friends about some critical thinking in the age of COVID.
An open letter to unmasked runners and bikers who won’t stay six feet away
Behold the Distance Noodle
When you push by Roz Warren without a mask on during your workout, she's tempted to trip you. But she's decided on something a little safer.
When disaster is about to strike, is it a gift not to know?
The moment before
What were you doing in mid-March, when the realization hit you that this pandemic was going to derail the world? Was it like other moments before disaster struck? Anndee Hochman considers.