Today, in Strawberry Mansion, there’s a free therapy workshop where attendees will be encouraged to dissect hip hop lyrics to discuss the effects of trauma. Local therapist Ronald Crawford, who’ll be leading the class, has been fine-tuning his therapy approach with Beanie Sigel, Jay Z and Meek Mill as sources of inspiration. He says using hip hop culture as a basis helps to reach black and Latino communities who might not seek therapy as openly. Here’s what goes into Crawford’s hip hop therapy process, plus songs that he recommends for thoughtful listening.
Nearly six months into the year, Philadelphia is having its biggest problem with homicides since 2012. According to police department data, as of June 26, 152 homicides have been committed in Philadelphia this year. That’s 21 percent higher at the same point in time last year and 36 percent higher than in 2015. Given that we've reached the halfway point and the increase, Billy Penn decided to map every homicide. See what we found.
Dario Saric and Joel Embiid didn't win NBA Rookie of the Year this week, which continues the long-running trend of Philly pro athletes not winning things. The Sixers have just one major award winner since 2001. The Flyers haven't won a major player award since 1995. The Phillies had success recently, if nearly 10 years ago counts as recently. Okay, yes, the Union had the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016. But the Eagles? Of the major individual awards since 1960 — nearly 400 trophies — you don't even want to guess how many the Eagles have won.
The GOP heath care plan that was tabled Tuesday because of a lack of votes? Republican Sen. Pat Toomey supports it. He said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday the plan would “make permanent” Medicaid expansion and that the federal government would “pay the lion’s share of the cost.” Then Toomey went on to say, "no one loses coverage." What exactly did he mean? And how would the plan affect coverage for people who became eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare? We fact-checked him.
Cheese maestro Tenaya Darling, aka Madame Fromage, wants you to be part of her posse. All you need to do to get cheesed up is grab a hunk of your favorite kind and bring it to the Kensington bar. She'll be there with knives, wooden boards and name tags, plus free condiments to enliven the smorgasbord share session. Basically, the only requirement is "Must love cheese."
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
When: June 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free (drinks pay as you go)
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"I am a widow." "I have been in the US six months." "I have a new life." As part of PhillyCAM's "We Are Neighbors" series, refugees living in Philadelphia shared what they want their neighbors to know about them. The result is a very honest, and at times moving, video featuring refugees from all over the world. As one woman put it, "I need help. I need love."
There's an unusual sign in the women's bathroom at the Ritz 5 movie theater. It's not about washing your hands, or what items won't flush. Instead, it's about popcorn. Specifically where not to put it (if you happen to bring it to the toilet with you, which apparently people do?). In any case, there's an auto-activated hand dryer, and when a bag of popcorn gets near it, things get explosive.