An eye-popping mural in Spring Garden (Instagram/@city_of_architectural_love)

Celebrating 20 years of Black film in Philly and beyond

Twenty years after he founded Reelblack, a company that showcases Black filmmakers, Mike Dennis is back home in Philly for a special celebration. Tonight’s event at the Rotunda on Penn’s campus features rare cuts from his vast archive.

Dennis hosted monthly West Philly film screenings for over a decade, Jordan Levy reports, before working with stars like Chris Rock, John Legend, Jill Scott, and Ava DuVernay. Continue reading…

Reelblack founder Mike Dennis (left) with longtime collaborator Daryl DeBrest. (Courtesy Mike Dennis)

What’s in a name? A dive into the ‘Brotherly Shove’

The Eagles have been more successful than any other NFL team running the quarterback sneak, aka the short yardage play when Jalen Hurts is pushed forward by his teammates to make a first down or touchdown.

It’s become such a signature move that the sports world has given it a new name: the “Brotherly Shove.” Where’d that come from? Meir Rinde has the backstory. Continue reading… 

The Philadelphia Eagles regularly run the quarterback sneak, aka the tush push, aka the brotherly shove — they’re better at it than any other team in the NFL. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• A decision on Pennsylvania’s status in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) may be delayed further as Gov. Shapiro weighs a cap-and-trade alternative to keep sustainable energy jobs in the state. [Spotlight PA] 

• There’s been a lot of focus on the race for the empty seat on the Pa. Supreme Court, but there are also two spots to fill on Pa. Superior Court, which handles criminal and civil appeals from county courts. [Politics PA]

• Philadelphia ranks No. 5 in the nation for downtown foot traffic recovery, according to a new report from the Center City District looking at big cities across the U.S. [WHYY/CCD]

• City Council held its first planned hearings yesterday on a possible Roosevelt Boulevard Subway, and there was a lot of support — but a funding source still has not been identified. [Billy Penn/NBC10]

• Georgia-based fast casual chain Zaxby’s purposely trolled Philly by putting up sandwich ad billboards here featuring the actor who played “Rocky” villain Ivan Drago, then recorded people’s outrage and turned it into commercials. [Fast Casual]

• Shoutout to everyone who came to our Hittin’ Season playoff tailgate yesterday at Citizens Bank Park! Stay tuned for a recap with pics and video. After last night’s win over the Braves, the Phillies are one victory away from taking the NLDS. [ESPN]

• Do you have a nontraditional emotional support animal, like Wally the alligator, who went viral after getting denied entry to a Phillies game? We want to hear about your experiences  — reply and let us know. [NPR]


Mayor Kenney joins officials and community leaders for a ribbon-cutting at the new Loch Bar, bringing a seafood raw bar and restaurant to the Arthaus Condominiums on the Avenue of the Americas (12:30 p.m.).


🚲 The Philly Bike Ride brings 20 miles of car-free streets for a day of uncompetitive family fun through the city, capped with an outdoor festival in front of the Rocky steps. (7:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14)  

🎞️ The FDR Park boathouse transforms for a pop-up market, art installation, and movie night hosted by Mercado de Latinas and Fairmount Park Conservancy. Free. (11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. market; 6:30 p.m. movie, Sunday, Oct. 15)  

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