(CNN) -- Juneteenth is the oldest known US celebration of the end of slavery. African-Americans and others mark the anniversary much like the Fourth of July, with parties, picnics and gatherings with family and friends. Here's a look at Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day, by the numbers:
Duct tape around the basketball rims. An aging recreation center and playground equipment. A missing slide.
These are the daily scenes at Frank Glavin Memorial Playground in the city’s Port Richmond section — but not for long.
It has been 34 years since NBA Hall-of-Famer Moses Malone took then Sixer rookie Charles Barkley to Woodard’s Hairstyling for his first hair cut in Philadelphia.
But Barkley, who went on to a hall-of-fame and sports analyst career, remembers those conversations as if they happened just yesterday.
Since the Middle Ages, celebrations have taken place around the world honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood. In the United States, the inaugural attempts at formally recognizing Father’s Day occurred in the early 20th century and would remain in political limbo until 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers. Six years later, President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972 designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
Five artists were honored with Philadelphia City Council citations for their impact on the culture at ART en NOIR: A Celebration of Black Women in Music, held on Wednesday evening at the Art Sanctuary.
ART en NOIR was organized by Aalyah Duncan, founder and CEO of Alist Events Marketing, in honor of Black Music Month. The host committee included Haniyyah Sharpe Brown, Shonda McClain and Evon Burton.
Target pulls ‘Baby Daddy’ greeting card from stores after customer complaints
Takeisha Saunders was looking to buy her husband a Father’s Day card at a Target store in suburban Dallas recently and became more than a little dismayed by her lack of options.
Saunders, who is African-American, was looking for a card that showed a Black couple with the word “husband” on the front. She didn’t find one. Instead, she saw a card with an image of a Black couple and the words, “Baby Daddy.”
Those with outdated papers, sensitive documents or old letters and wished to dispose of them securely had an opportunity to do so Saturday thanks to State Representative Joanna McClinton and Senator Anthony H. Williams who held their 3rd annual shredding event at Motivation High School, 59th and Baltimore Avenue.
If you take live musical performances, arts and cultural events, storytelling, vendors and lots of activities for people of all ages, you’ll have a perfect recipe for the West Park Arts Festival which held its 11th annual festival Saturday at Fairmount Park on South Concourse Drive.
The Board of Trustees at Delaware State University on Friday voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Wilma Mishoe as the university’s 11th president, effective July 1.
Mishoe was named interim president in January after former President Harry Williams left DSU late last year to serve as CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in Washington, D.C. Last July, Mishoe became the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees.
A local mother, whose son was sentenced for a deadly shooting, is elated that a city councilman is requesting the governor for a pardon.
Christine Riddick’s son, Eric, has been in prison since 1992. City Councilman David Oh presented a resolution on Thursday requesting that her son be pardoned by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
Walter D’Alessio is stepping down as chairman of Independence Health Group after serving in that position since 2005.
Independence Health Group is the parent organization for Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross, the region’s largest health insurer.
The company board has elected vice chairman Charles Pizzi to take over as chairman. D’Alessio will become chairman emeritus of Independence on July 1.
This week’s Supreme Court decision backing the purging of inactive Ohio voters from the rolls was devastating for those who care about ensuring access to democracy, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s powerful dissent provided a silver lining. She shined a spotlight on the historical use of purge programs as a voter suppression tactic, charted a path forward, and sounded a call to action for groups concerned about protecting minority voting rights.
Well, what do you say when a couple of the world’s most notorious, self-promoting products and exploiters of the reality TV world get together and do something undeniably nice?
How about “Thank you”?
That’s what I say to President Donald Trump and She-Who-Needs-No-Introduction Kim Kardashian West.
The trade war with Canada over steel, aluminum and milk understandably grabs the headlines. But flying under the radar is the battle over Canadian newsprint, a skirmish that’s hurting businesses and costing jobs.
Jazz in the Park music series kicks off in Malcolm X Memorial Park
Music lovers in West Philadelphia and surrounding areas can now enjoy live jazz performances at Malcolm X Memorial Park which began this year’s summer music Jazz in the Park music series and can soon enjoy the “Oldies but Goodies” as well.
For over 20 years the historic park has provided a safe space for neighbors to get outdoors and enjoy live entertainment free of charge.
Employment situation is improving, so why aren’t workers dancing
The most recent unemployment rate report seems to contain nothing but good news. The overall unemployment rate is down to 3.8 percent, the lowest that it has been since 2000.
For Mother’s Day, 13 local incarcerated women were able to come home thanks to the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, a branch of the National Bail Out Movement.
Today 10 local men are home for Father’s Day after PCBF paid their bail this week.
“We are just happy that we can help these men return to their family and loved ones in time for Father’s Day,” said Candace McKinley, a local organizer with PCBF.
Tuesday was the last day of school for students at Edward Gideon Elementary in Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, so the children were understandably rowdy when they were corralled into the auditorium to hear Superintendent William Hite and Philadelphia Museum of Art CEO Timothy Rub announce a gift of art to public schools.
Dear Mr. James,
I realize you may be very busy recuperating from an extremely hard season. I’m sure and hopeful that your spending time with your wife and three children is enjoyable.
I’d like to talk to you about the future and winning more championships. To be blunt, I want you to seriously consider being the focal point of the Philadelphia 76ers, a young team with enough talent to win a few titles.
Kimberly C. Roberts
Enterprising husband and wife television production team Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil are responsible for a number of successful and provocative programs, including Mara’s creations “Girlfriends,” “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game,” and the ground-breaking action series “Black Lightning” by Salim. Now they bring their skill, imagination and their profound personal experiences to the Oprah Winfrey Network in the new romantic drama “Love Is _,” premiering June 19 at 10 p.m.
Philadelphia-area state Sens. Anthony Williams and Vincent Hughes led a chorus of Democrats expressing outrage this week over the Republican-led Senate’s redistricting overhaul, which would include Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth court districts.
Under the bill, which House members were expected to receive Wednesday, state appellate judges would be elected by district, rather than statewide, and a citizens commission would draw the state’s congressional and legislative districts.
A Republican running for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District thinks diversity is “a bunch of crap and un-American,” according to comments he made in a video posted to YouTube by a progressive super PAC.
A U.S. report released in June found an uptick in suicide rates in nearly every state since 1999, with middle-aged adults, ages 45 to 64, showing the largest rate increase.
Psychology Today reported that “one in five millennials face higher rates of depression and 12 percent of them are anxiety-ridden, much higher than the previous two generations.”
Black voters are not going to follow Kim Kardashian and Kanye West into the arms of President Donald Trump.
Trump appears to be making a push these days to woo Black voters. But they are not going to be fooled. Not by Trump’s nakedly political attempt to pardon or commute the sentences of a few, select Black people — especially as he implements policies that continue hurting people of color, including a rollback of civil rights protections and accountability for law enforcement.
Members of Millennium Baptist Church celebrated the installation of their new pastor during a festive service in West Philadelphia on June 9.
The pews in the sanctuary, 1630 N. 52nd St., quickly filled as both members and visitors welcomed the church’s new shepherd and his family.
The Rev. Tracy G. Mallory said he was excited about the prospects of the church and the surrounding community.
Khanefah Boozer of Northeast Philadelphia spent three years and eight months imprisoned awaiting trial on charges that he fired shots at a police officer. In the absence of ballistic evidence or additional witnesses to support the police officer’s story, a jury acquitted him. While Boozer was incarcerated, his mother and sister died.
Universal Audenried Charter High School held its graduation at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, where it was noted that students had earned $1.1 million in academic scholarships.
The graduation was held inside of Irvine Auditorium filled with parents holding yellow balloons and graduates taking the stage in their yellow cap and gowns to get their diplomas.
Roseanne Barr is doubling down that she is not a racist.
The actress’s hit ABC show, “Roseanne,” was canceled last month after she made a derogatory tweet about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett.
“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,” Barr tweeted in response to a comment about Jarrett.
The backlash was immediate and intense, with many labeling Barr a racist.
But Barr tweeted Wednesday that she was really tweeting about anti-Semitism.
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So much for fans abandoning Kanye West’s latest project.
All seven tracks on the controversial rapper’s “Ye” album debuted on Billboard’s Top 40 chart this week.
The song “Yikes” came in the highest, charting at No. 8 on the Top 10.
“All Mine” just missed that list, coming in at No. 11. “Ghost Town” debuted at No. 16, “Wouldn’t Leave” at No. 25, “Violent Crimes” at No. 27, “I Thought About Killing You” at No. 28, and “No Mistakes” at No. 36.
Dolores Chapman Armstrong Roundtree, who was a pianist, died on Friday, June 8, 2018. She was 100.
She was born on Aug. 25, 1918, to the late Roswell and Gladys Chapman in Philadelphia. Roundtree was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. Raised by religious parents, she became interested in the piano at a young age and started taking piano lessons at the age of 13.
The new Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia has already caused a great divide within his party in Washington.
Fewer than 24 hours after Corey Stewart’s win Tuesday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to endorse his former Virginia campaign chair.
But congressional Republicans are cool to the campaign of the man who has embraced the commonwealth’s Confederate past.
Kimberly C. Roberts
ABC News recently announced that its Emmy Award-winning morning show, “Good Morning America,” will expand to three hours. The third hour of the program will air at 1 p.m.
There are 17 members on City Council and nine are Black (which culturally includes Brown). There is one John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, Business Manager of Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council (PBCTC) as well as of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
On this Father’s Day, I want to lift up the many faithful fathers. Far too often, as African Americans, we focus on the absence of fathers, but there are countless fathers who are devoted to their families.
I have been blessed to serve as pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church where there are some extraordinary men of God; men who love their wives, their children and grandchildren, and honor God each and every day. We don’t always read or hear about them, but they are in all of our congregations.
As I pause to recognize fathers on this special day, I focus on those fathers who might best be described as old-fashioned fathers; the kind of fathers who helped us develop into upstanding adults. While I can point to many factors that contributed tremendously to my growth and development, I will concentrate on something that was crucial in my life, something we do not hear or see that often today. In fact, today it is frowned upon and seen as not in keeping with acceptable behavior in rearing children.
When Trump called Haiti a s---hole country, the media frenzy was amazing. Now that it’s all over, the coverage on Haiti has been little to none. But with all the attention elsewhere, the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, has been busy strategizing what his next move will be to strengthen his country’s economy.
An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November’s general election.
Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California — subject to approval by US Congress.
The proposal by venture capitalist, Tim Draper to break up California in a campaign called “Cal 3,” received more than 402,468 valid signatures — surpassing the amount required by state law.
For generations, Philadelphia's strong jazz legacy has been a great source of pride, and the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts is taking measures to see that the legacy continues. Registration is now open for the Philadelphia Clef Club's (PCC) 2018 Summer Jazz Camp, taking place July 9 - July 20, 9 a.m - 4 p.m.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld Ohio’s aggressive efforts to purge its voting rolls, a significant blow to voting rights in America.
In a 5-4 ruling, the high court decision sided with Ohio’s process of removing inactive voters, an aggressive and unnecessary approach that could now be adopted in other states.
Rhode Island bill would deregulate hair braiding
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A bill has passed the state’s House of Representatives to deregulate the business of African-style hair braiding.
House lawmakers passed the bill Thursday to exempt natural hair braiders from the state’s requirement for hairdressers and cosmeticians to be licensed.
This time of year brings great pride and congratulations for graduates at all levels, from high school to doctorates. But the most important degree I can recommend is a PhD in common sense, with a concentration in thriving and surviving in 21st-Century America.
Common sense is genius wrapped in work clothes. And to achieve it, we must learn four lessons.
On the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who had announced his decision to run for president, was campaigning in Indiana when the news came of Dr. King’s assassination. He movingly shared the terrible news with the waiting crowd of mostly Black people, urging them not to hate and reminding them that a white man had killed his brother too, and spoke even in that terrible heartbreaking moment about his vision for what America could be:
At a time when the city is scrutinizing its books to find upwards of $33 million in missing taxpayer funds, City Council will now get a monthly peek into Philadelphia’s financial books.
The Finance Department must compile and hand over to City Council a monthly reconciliation report of each of the city’s bank accounts under the control of the City Treasure.
After Donald Trump delivered his big shock of 2016 by winning the presidential election, even President Barack Obama — Mr. “Hope and Change” himself — began to sound, to associates, like he was losing his optimism about America’s future.
So says Benjamin J. Rhodes, a close adviser through both of Obama’s terms, in his new memoir, “The World as It Is,” as reported by The New York Times, which obtained an advance copy.
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday the award of more than $2 million in "Teacher in the Workplace" grants to 48 programs across the commonwealth.
The Mural Arts of Philadelphia honored the 2018 graduates of its Restorative Justice Guild program at City Hall on Wednesday.
The graduates were recognized by Mayor Jim Kenney along with several council members and the executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, Jane Golden.
The United States is, in many ways, a land of plenty.
But demographics, technology and societal changes are threatening to create shortages — not in, say, food products or consumer goods, but in people willing, able and trained to perform vital jobs that often save or shape lives.
Ten local fathers received a nice surprise on Thursday morning when they were notified their bail had been met and they were coming home to be with their loved ones in time for Father’s Day.
The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund (PCBF), a branch of the National Bail Out Movement, began bailing out the incarcerated fathers not convicted of a crime but unable to pay their bail at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Surely, Vladimir Putin let out a smile when he heard it. The Russian president has many reasons to rejoice these days, all courtesy of President Donald Trump, whose latest stunning statement was a call for America's allies to bring back Russia to the world's most prestigious club, the G7, a group of seven wealthy democracies.