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Domestic violence can be harder to escape in Latino community

Among Latinas in the Philadelphia area, especially immigrants, domestic violence is thought to be severely underreported. Barriers like traditional gender roles, religions that discourage divorce, automated translation services, cultural miscues, and fear of deportation can make a hard situation even more difficult to escape. 

However, there are several domestic violence resources for this fast-growing segment of Philly’s population, Cynthia Fernandez reports for Billy Penn. (En español.)

A woman walks through a summer 2022 installation at Franklin Square in Philadelphia. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

BlackStar Film Festival was a place to ‘fall in love’ with Philly

Conscious of the current moment ;while also looking back, forward, and even out of this world, BlackStar Film Festival was a success in its 12th year, its first time on South Broad after a decade in West Philly. Attendance at the fest exceeded 2022’s turnout of 12,000 people, according to organizers. 

“To see how it continues to grow and build … it’s really incredible,” BlackStar’s Michele Pierson told Jordan Levy, who has a recap of all that went down, including awards, special screenings, and immaculate vibes.

Attendees at the 2023 BlackStar Film Festival. (Mochi Robinson for BlackStar Projects)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Dave McCormick, who narrowly lost the Republican Senate primary to Mehmet Oz last year, may run for Pa.’s other U.S. Senate seat next year, though he reportedly still spends most of his time in Connecticut. [BP 2022/AP]

• A Philadelphia police officer is on administrative leave after he shot and killed a man in Kensington yesterday. The man reportedly fled from a traffic stop, then pulled a knife on police. Family members ID’d him as Eddie Irizarry, and told reporters he was schizophrenic. [Inquirer$/6ABC]

• At Philadelphia Mills in the Northeast, a new 40k-sq.-ft. Urban Outfitters store called “Reclectic” hopes to capitalize on Gen Z’s affinity for thrifting by offering “pre-loved items or salvage pieces with minor damages.” [Bucks Courier Times]

• A new addition to the Kensington and Tacony Trail means Philadelphians can walk and bike along the Delaware for two uninterrupted miles, from the Frankford Boat Launch to the Tacony Boat Launch. [WHYY]

• After opting into his Sixers contract, but not getting traded per request, James Harden is making a stink. “Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” the bearded star said in China. [RTRS/@ShamsCharania]

• Eagles captain, center, and all-around beloved Philly dude Jason Kelce’s 2022-23 season will be the focus of a documentary coming to Amazon Prime Sept. 12. [Billy Penn/Deadline]


Nothing on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today. Yesterday he noted the city has officially launched its guaranteed basic income pilot, giving 50 parents who already receive TANF benefits an additional $500 per month. The test period runs 12 months.


🍹 Billy Penn event: This month’s BP Quizzo trivia night lands at annex. at the Divine Lorraine, in partnership with the North Broad Renaissance. We’ll have happy hour specials and prizes for the winners. Space is limited, so RSVP today. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24) 

🎈The world’s largest bounce house opens its air-filled doors at the Philly Navy Yard, the next stop on its nationwide tour. Tickets start at $22. (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Aug. 18-Sept. 10)

🐶 Celebrate National Dog Day in Fishtown by getting a tintype pet portrait of your pup to carry with you everywhere on a handy piece of metal. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19) 

📖 Billy Penn is proud to headline the inaugural Philly Story Fest, joining journalists from media outlets around Philadelphia to tell the city’s best stories on stage at the Bok. Tickets are $25. (7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5)