It’s the community and neighborhood leaders who make this city work. So for the third time, we’re featuring the city’s top young people bringing communities together throughout the city of Philadelphia as part of our “Who’s Next” series. Every month, Billy Penn publishes an edition of Who’s Next that focuses on a different industry or field. These young community leaders and activists are the people who help drive this city forward.
Mayor Jim Kenney tweeted Monday that "immigrants are responsible for 96% of our small biz growth since 2000.” We looked into this figure. It turns out that a city fact-sheet erroneously cited this statistic, misreporting data from a Fiscal Policy Institute report. The city quickly corrected this after our inquiries. But what did they get wrong? And how much of the city’s small business growth stems from immigrant entrepreneurs?
Joel Embiid played 31 games in his rookie season, the third year he's been a member of the Sixers organization. Embiid has been compared to NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon for his combination of style and power on the court. But he's never on the court. So for now, let's forget the Dream comparison. Is Embiid more likely to be the next Greg Oden, the player every big man is compared to when a career gets derailed by injuries? Or can he still be something more? Can he be...Bill Walton? We took a look at some other great centers who never lived up to their potential because of injury to figure out what Embiid might become.
You might know the name Jennifer Lin from the anecdote the former Inky reporter recently rehashed in these pages — the one where Donald Trump called her the "c-word." Over lunch, Lin will discuss her recent book, Shanghai Faithful, which combines a family memoir with a look at the rise of Christianity in the homeland of her ancestors.
Where: Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk 19104
When: March 29, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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When the NFL Draft takes over the Ben Franklin Parkway in late April, what will the more than 200,000 expected fans be eating? A lot of very Philly food. We scored a preliminary list of the vendors approved to serve during the three-day fan "experience," and it's chock full of local food trucks and iconic faves, from the Schmitter to Joe's Steaks. Oh, and there will also be free yogurt.
Jawns, the latest video game from Philly makers Cipher Prime, will officially be released as part of a subscription-based package. But! There's still time to play it for free (like, today might be your last shot). Check it out and see how well you can do at this loosely-styled chess game, in which the goal is to destroy your opponent's "main jawn." More info here on how to play.