IF YOU KNOW Philly, then you know Philadelphians like to keep things real. I was reminded of that Friday when Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump arrived in North Philly to meet with a small, select group of African Americans. It was intended as a private lunch meeting with the presidential hopeful who has been reaching out to minorities in recent weeks.
THERE'S NOT a damn thing new about not standing up for the national anthem. If you grew up black in the United States, there was always someone around who would refuse to rise when that song was played or when asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
I love hearing about local kids from modest means who defy stereotypes and excel against the odds. Take Dylan Curtis. He's only 11, but he spent his summer working as a professional deejay at a number of high-profile events, including some at the White House.
Not again. Another dead black man and more video implicating a police officer involved in his shooting death. This time, the video was captured by a woman who used the popular feature Facebook Live to livestream the aftermath of an encounter with police outside Minneapolis.