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Kingsessing: African Cultural Alliance Pushes For Small Businesses

Kingsessing: African Cultural Alliance Pushes For Small Businesses

As a young child in Liberia helping her mother and aunt in the kitchen, Nafisa Sillah stumbled upon her passion for cooking. “I would mess up the food but I would fix it, cook, cook, and then, I just enjoyed it,” Sillah said. “I would cook and feed everybody, even if I don’t eat.” Once […]

 Michaela Winberg & Emily Scott

Sharswood: Vaux High School Reopens Under New Management

Sharswood: Vaux High School Reopens Under New Management

Vaux Reopens Kelvin Jeremiah was shocked when he spoke to children from the Sharswood Blumberg towers that many of them didn’t know the “Rocky steps” were in Philadelphia. Many of them had never been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or seen the Liberty Bell. “They didn’t know the rich history,” said Jeremiah, who is […]

 

Overbrook: Panthers’ Basketball Program Hopes To Reclaim Storied Past

Overbrook: Panthers’ Basketball Program Hopes To Reclaim Storied Past

The significance isn’t lost on Cyri Coates. Every time the senior on the Overbrook High School basketball team walks into the school’s Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Gym, he sees the images of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer around the gym. He sees the red and orange banner representing Chamberlain’s retired No. 5 jersey hanging on […]

 

Northeast: Combatting Addiction, Starting With A Conversation

Northeast: Combatting Addiction, Starting With A Conversation

By now, nurse Randi Freeman knows the routine well. Sometimes it is two milligrams, other times four. It depends on the doctor’s orders. She will prick the patient experiencing an overdose with a syringe. The liquid that would more than likely save their life flows into their veins, as they lie on the gurney blue […]

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West Philadelphia: Local organizations tackle food insecurity

West Philadelphia: Local organizations tackle food insecurity

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Kinji Ridley parks his car and unloads boxes of groceries from the trunk, handing them over to volunteers who set them up on benches and picnic tables. A line of dozens of West Philadelphia residents forms and they each pick out bags of food, assembly-line style, before dispersing and going their separate […]

 Michaela Winberg

Sharswood: North Philly Peace Park Plans Community Expansion

Sharswood: North Philly Peace Park Plans Community Expansion

Donna Bradley never thought she could grow food in her own neighborhood. About two and a half years ago, Bradley started to crave a more environmentally friendly way to spend her time — she wanted to grow her own food and show other people how to do it, too. She didn’t think she could find […]

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Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Greensgrow Farm was created to bring fresh, locally-grown produce to Philadelphia. Today, two locations and mobile markets (in Fishtown and West Philadelphia) provide fruits, vegetables, flowers and a sense of community across the city. The urban farm located at 5123 Baltimore Ave. seeks to raise awareness of the necessity of wholesome agricultural practices, as well […]

 

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Ten years ago, Michelle Angela Ortiz hoped to be where she is today – a successful visual artist, skilled muralist and community arts educator. For more than 18 years, Ortiz has been using art as a tool for communication between communities. Through painting, printmaking and community arts practices, Ortiz is able to share the narratives […]

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Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

As a sixth grade student, Dontae Privette walked by the Kingsessing Recreation Center every day to get to school. “I’ve always just been connected to Kingsessing and this neighborhood,” said Privette, who grew up nearby in West Philadelphia. Now he’s constantly at the center, where he works as the executive director of the Kingsessing Roadrunners, […]

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City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

“When Food Bucks came out at Clark Park, I was on the SNAP benefits,” said Meghan Filoromo of The Food Trust’s Philly Food Bucks program. Filoromo was working at the market at the time. “It made such a huge difference for what I could purchase,” Filoromo said. “[Before Philly Food Bucks] I was trying to just buy […]

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