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Obituary: Philadelphia native Emily Vaughan Melendez, 61

December 23, 2021

A life of service, commitment to justice and a legacy of love. These attributes are but a few that defined the life of Emily V. Melendez — Assistant Attorney General for Connecticut — who died unexpectedly on December 12. She was 61. She was born Emily Rebecca Vaughan on March 21,1960, to the late Eversley…

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My Red Kettle story at the Salvation Army

December 23, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Tyree Johnson standing at his Red Kettle working as a ring bell volunteer for the Salvation Army Corp. in Devon, Pennsylvania. (Photo courtesy Tyree Johnson) By Tyree Johnson Have I ever eaten a chestnut that was roasted over an open fire? No, but I have learned every word to that “Christmas Song” made…

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Statement from Philadelphia NAACP President Catherine Hicks on TikTok warnings

December 17, 2021

We are aware of numerous messages circulating on social media primarily through TikTok regarding threats of violence towards schools across the nation for Friday, December 17. Schools have been prompted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State Police to reach out to our school communities. These posts warn of threats but are…

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The Philadelphia Globy Awards acknowledge six local leaders for local and global contributions

December 17, 2021

By Afea Tucker The Philadelphia Global Association recognized six local leaders for their global impact and contributions to the city’s worldwide stature at the 7th annual Globy Awards on Monday. According to Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh, “this group made Philadelphia the nation’s first world heritage city.” The Globy Awards is a distinguished occasion where outstanding…

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Philadanco: Celebrating “50 Plus One” years in concert “PHILADANCO! Fast Forward…to the Future”

December 17, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: A performance by the Philadanco dancers during “50 Plus One” years in concert “PHILADANCO! Fast Forward…to the Future.” Photo courtesy Kharisma McIllwaine) By Kharisma McIlwaine Philadanco (The Philadelphia Dance Company) is a name synonymous with greatness not only in the Philadelphia dance community, but throughout the country and the world. Philadanco was founded…

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PHILADELPHIA NAACP PRESIDENT CATHERINE HICKS, SEN. SHARIF STREET TO HOLD JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY 5:45 PM

December 14, 2021

Philadelphia, PA – Catherine Hicks, President of the Philadelphia NAACP, is hosting a press conference to discuss damages caused by gunfire to the NAACP and Sen. Sharif Street’s offices, as well as the continuing challenges faced within our communities in dealing with gun violence. “We are grateful that none of our staff or volunteers were injured, and…

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Mayor Kenney issues statement on the resignation of Commerce Director Michael Rashid

December 10, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Michael Rashid  PHILADELPHIA— Mayor Jim Kenney accepted the resignation of Commerce Director Michael Rashid on December 5, which was effective immediately. “Today I offered, and Mayor Kenney accepted, my resignation as Director of Commerce.  My continued service would serve as a distraction from the work of the Department, which is far too important…

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