Watch Solomon’s exclusive interview with Kamala Harris

Hours before a presidential debate that erased the boundaries of decency, I spoke to Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. I asked her about the concerns of Black Philadelphians—a community that could very well decide the election. The need for Black votes makes Harris, a woman of Black and South Asian heritage, more…

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The charges in the Breonna Taylor case don’t add up

Former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in the incident that killed Breonna Taylor. But no one, including Hankison, has been charged with killing her. That is not justice, and in my view, there should be no peace. Hankison faces up to five years on each count…

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Stacey Abrams pours the sting of loss into making sure others can vote

When I spoke to former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about the perils voters might face in the upcoming presidential election, two words kept coming back to me: voter suppression. Abrams, a lawyer who rose to become minority leader during her decade in Georgia’s House of Representatives, resigned in 2017 to run for governor. Her…

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To stop flash mobs, parents must step into the world of social media

I watched with concern as yet another unruly group of teens created chaos in Center City on Monday, purportedly with the help of social media. The group circled City Hall by the hundreds, fighting amongst themselves and wreaking utter havoc until law enforcement responded. About 20 were cited for disorderly conduct, while at least four…

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‘You can’t take the black vote for granted’

IT WAS DAY ONE of the Democratic National Convention, and liberal icon Rev. Al Sharpton stood with conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on the floor of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. They were discussing the Democratic party’s propensity for taking the black vote for granted. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton can’t afford to do so. Not with the…

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In “Creed” Philadelphia fights poverty

“We’re Philadelphia and we fight.” That’s what Chip Kelly said early in his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. His statement was true, but not for the reasons that Kelly probably thought. We don’t fight because of our association with the rags-to-riches story of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa. We fight because deep lines…

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Why would a black minister endorse Trump?

When anger shouts haughtily over reason, and fear drowns out truth, honesty is sometimes lost in the din. We see the efficacy of anger and fear in the presidential campaign, as candidates like Donald Trump focus their wrath on refugees and undocumented immigrants, and throngs cheer in approval. But while Americans wait for Trump to…

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Lower Merions Racial Snowstorm

Before Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., there was Erin Forbes in Lower Merion, Pa. Forbes, the African American son of a microbiologist and a Temple University professor, was a student who worked nights as a security guard in the Philadelphia suburbs. He once told a relative that Lower Merion police stopped him at least three…

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Bruce Levenson is greedy not racist

SOME PEOPLE are saying it’s commendable that Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson self-reported a purportedly racist email he sent to team officials back in 2012. They are also applauding the fact that Levenson, in the wake of the Donald Sterling scandal, has agreed to sell his team even before an NBA investigation is complete. But here’s the…

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