Hoping to address the outrage that surrounded the arrests of two black men in one of the company's Philly cafes, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson arrived in town last night. Today, he'll meet with Mayor Kenney, Police Commissioner Ross and other community leaders, PMN reports. If the outcome of those meetings isn't drastic — firing the manager thought to have called the cops, for example, or the officers involved — many activists will be disappointed. Protests at the 18th and Spruce shop gained steam Sunday, led by Black Lives Matter's Asa Khalif. A "Shut Down Starbucks" action is planned for this morning from 7 to 10 a.m., and a sit-in is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:30. Philly comedian Kevin Hart weighed in on Twitter this weekend, asking Starbucks to "MAKE THIS RIGHT."
Philly public opinion has apparently coalesced in the belief that the new LOVE Park sucks. That's evidenced by the comments we got when we tweeted this article out yesterday, which ranged from "It's terrible" to "I hate it" to "Trash." And yes, there are definitely some issues with the layout, including lack of elevation changes or friendly seating. But! That's only so far. The plaza hasn't yet officially reopened — that's next month — and Parks & Rec promises there's more coming. Here's a rundown of the pros and cons of the new design.
It’s heartwarming how proprietary Philly feels about Pink. She’s a Doylestown gal, after all — so she’s not really from here. But at her show this weekend at the Wells Fargo Center, the audience gave Pink a warm embrace — and the singer reciprocated. As A-list as her career is, she still remembers her roots. Here five ways the rock star showed local love.
Meek Mill is back in court today for a status hearing with Judge Genece Brinkley. There were rumors the rapper was slated to finally be released on bail, but that's not true, Mill's lawyer told PhillyVoice. However, that's not stopping a group of activists from gathering outside the courtroom to rally for the Free Meek cause. Per NBC10, supporters expected to show up today include rappers Lil Uzi Vert, Freeway and Rick Ross, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, political commentator Marc Lamont Hill and members of the Eagles. Here's a handy timeline of Meek's legal troubles.
- Tomorrow's the night! There's still a few seats available to join us in tasting some honey dishes and getting some honey wisdom from chef Lynn Rinaldi, whose restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue has hosted bees on its roof for the past eight years. Tickets are $15 — look forward to seeing you there.
- Starting in June, Billy Penn and our Pittsburgh sister site, The Incline, will get a new shared reporter to cover everything that goes on in Harrisburg. That's thanks to the Report for America project, which as this New York Times piece says, was started by a group of journalists who "decided to do something about the diminution of newsrooms at the local level." We're extremely honored and excited to participate.
The CEA Learning Series is a series of advanced civic engagement trainings designed to introduce Philadelphians to the principles of community organizing. This one focuses on goal setting. Each session is presented in English with Spanish interpretation available.
Where: Municipal Services Building at 1401 JFK Blvd., 16th Fl., 19102
When: April 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free