While you’ll want to bundle up today, it looks like we’re in for some relief from the cold. Evidently the atmosphere is ready to spring forward to April. Speaking of fast-forward, Eagles fans are wishing they could skip right over this year’s Super Bowl. It turns out some are doing just that by taking a walk down memory lane. And on this first day of Black History Month, we hear from black Philadelphians about figures of black history that we could all stand to learn from today.

Don’t tell Eagles faithful you shouldn’t live in the past, especially this weekend. As football fans across the country get ready for Super Bowl LIII featuring the Rams and the Patriots (again), Eagles nation prepares for a walk down memory lane.

To get through this weekend, fans across the region are relying on highlights from the Eagles' Super Bowl win over the Patriots. Some are even planning rewatch partiescount me in, please.

So on Sunday night, don’t feel pressured to tune into the Super Bowl. In Philly, there will be plenty of opportunities to block that out.

This Black History Month, we asked four Philadelphians to share a figure from black history and tell us how Americans can learn from that person today.

Those who contributed to the discussion wrote about empowering black women, speaking truth, courage, and daring to dream — lessons we can all stand to learn from today that were embodied by these prominent black figures.

For 27 years, these lessons and many others have been on full display at Philly’s African-American Children’s Book Fair. This weekend, the fair’s theme will be “icons.”

After the dust settled on the 116-count indictment against Philly labor leader John Dougherty, Councilman Bobby Henon and others, Henon’s lawyer issued a fiery response. He called the charges against his client a “travesty of justice.”

The indictment focused on Dougherty’s influence over Henon, painting the councilman as a corrupt politician who sold out constituents to do the bidding of the union boss paying his salary. Henon made his first appearance in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, bribery, and fraud charges.

Dougherty certainly did carry massive influence over Philly’s real estate and construction landscape. Now, some wonder about the fate of the city’s construction projects and the role union labor will play.

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February 1, 2019
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February 1, 2019

“Even with the national #MeToo conversation unfolding, it’s hard to see how that is making real change for students in low-income schools, or women in blue-collar jobs. Many of the discussions still focus on Hollywood, celebrities, and high-profile executives, with the solutions geared toward privileged women.” — Vanessa Davila, a journalist-in-training at The Fuller Project, on the barriers facing women in below-poverty-line neighborhoods.

  • Those who say the U.S. should “sit this one out,” when it comes to the chaos is Venezuela are doing so from a place of privilege, writes Technical.ly Philly reporter Roberto Torres. He says his home country needs global support more than ever. 
  • American institutions should be held accountable for celebrating the accomplishments of black people all year long, writes journalist Ernest Owens. He’s calling for an end to Black History Month

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