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bell hooks, groundbreaking feminist thinker, dies at 69

December 17, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Author bell hooks in 2014. hooks died Wednesday in Berea, Kentucky after a long illness. She was 69.  Photo by Alex Lozupone (Tduk)  By Hillel Italie associated press NEW YORK — bell hooks, the groundbreaking author, educator and activist whose explorations of how race, gender, economics and politics intertwined helped shape academic and…

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Anne Rice, author of gothic novels, dead at 80

December 12, 2021

Rice died due to complications from a stroke, her son Christopher Rice announced on her Facebook page and his Twitter page. “In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage,” Christopher Rice wrote in the statement. Anne Rice was the author of the 1976 novel “Interview…

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Best places for holiday shopping in greater Philadelphia 2021 (partial list)

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Shoppers in winter gear browse vendors in wooden booths at the annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia in Love Park Shoppers in winter gear browse vendors in wooden booths at the annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia in Love Park — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia VISITPHILLY.COM Travel Responsibly: As the region recovers…

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Kennedy Center Honors back once more, Biden attends

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: 2021 Kennedy Center honorees, from left, Justino Díaz, Lorne Michaels, Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, and Berry Gordy pose following the Medallion Ceremony for the 44th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the Library of Congress in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf) By Ashraf Khalil and Colleen Long ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON…

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The must-see holiday attractions in Greater Philadelphia for 2021

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree at City Hall in 2020  — Photo by J. Kaczmarek for Wawa Welcome America VISITPHILLY.COM Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree Through January 1, 2022 Powered by NRG, the city’s magnificent 45-foot-tall holiday tree arrived on November 10 at the Wawa Holiday Plaza (i.e….

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Winter traditions return to Dilworth Park

December 10, 2021

CENTERCITYPHILA.ORG (PHOTOS COURTESY WWW.CENTERCITYPHILA.ORG) Some of Philadelphia’s favorite winter traditions have returned to Dilworth Park. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a dramatic seasonal transformation as fountains are replaced by the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Ice Rink and reindeer topiaries take up winter residence on the Greenfield Lawn. In addition, a full lineup of free entertainment…

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‘Red Pill’: A Review

December 10, 2021

By Kharisma McIlwaine Everyone who has seen “The Matrix” remembers the iconic “red and blue pill” reference. Both pills represent choices. The blue pill represents a choice to remain ignorant and unaware, while the red pill represents a willingness to learn the truth which is potentially unsettling and scary. The red pill can also signify…

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Ana Isabelle plays Rosalia in the 2021 remake of ‘West Side Story’

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Ana Isabelle (Screen grab–epk.tv; West Side Story) By Kharisma McIlwaine  “I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and gay. And I pity the girl who isn’t me today!”  These are lyrics that any fan of musicals will recognize immediately from the iconic “West Side Story.” The original Broadway production opened…

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Jussie Smollett guilty verdict latest in polarizing case

December 9, 2021

By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett’s conviction Thursday for lying to police about a racist, homophobic attack came nearly three years after his report of a horrifying hate crime quickly became part of a polarized political landscape, with people — including the president of the United States — weighing in from all over. A…

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