Oklahoma University has identified the student involved in last week's racist GroupMe thread sent to Penn freshmen of color, and says that student is "no longer enrolled" at the university. President David Boren made the announcement Tuesday afternoon via Twitter, saying, “As our university has clearly demonstrated in the past, we have zero tolerance at this university for those who would engage in racism.” What the university won't say, though, is whether the student withdrew from OU or was expelled. Meanwhile, a student at Tulsa Community College was also found to have been involved in the thread. He's been suspended, with the school investigating further.
Speaking of Penn. A former campus police officer has filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the University of Pennsylvania, claiming fallout from a policy forbidding officers from having facial hair led to him losing his job. Officer Joseph Lewis says he was fired because a medical condition prevents him from being able to completely shave his face. That condition, Pseudofolliculitis Barbae, disproportionately affects black males. So did an otherwise accomplished officer lose his job over facial hair?
The Sixers face the Washington Wizards tonight in a game they could actually win. For that to happen, the big men are going to have to step up. Joel Embiid is averaging 18 points per game he plays, but his turnovers and fouls are a concern. A bigger concern? He’s not getting a ton of help down low. Jahlil Okafor’s 2-for-11 performance in a loss at Houston was dreadful, and his shooting all season is worrisome. Our weekly Sixers Big Man Tracker takes a look at Brett Brown’s bigs, who all need to come up big tonight.
|What||Spirit of Philadelphia is hosting Philadelphia themed First Friday dinner cruises. Enjoy a delicious buffet menu featuring a build your own cheesesteak station, a free Yards beer or glass of wine for each guest over 21, DJ entertainment, and of course, unbeatable views of the Philadelphia skyline. Cruises start April 7th and continue every First Friday of the year.|
|Where||Spirit of Philadelphia at 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106|
|When||April 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|
|How much||From $66.90 per adult / $39.95 per child age 3-12|
|What||How do you make kale less bitter or choose the best steak from the case? The editors of "Cook's Science" — the latest publication from the company behind "Cook's Illustrated" — will show you during this discussion about science in the kitchen.|
|Where||Philadelphia City Institute Library at 1905 Locust St. 19103|
|When||November 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm|
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Brother Lu and Jay Reyes from Camden, who work together under the name Super Poor Kids, went viral this fall with their art series The Saddest Story on Repeat. Each piece, which they exhibited IRL in at Kensington’s Open Space Gallery in October, looks like a page from a storybook inspired by Dr. Seuss. Except this story is about police violence in black communities.
"What if it's too hard?"
"I'm gonna push through!"
"What if you're too black?"
"That ain't true!"
If you haven't yet, watch the video of Jasmyn Wright helping her third grade students in North Philadelphia deal with the election results.