Its cooler to be a dad than to be cool

THERE WAS a time when I believed I would always be hip; that I would never lose track of what was in. I was the guy who knew every new song, dance and phrase that defined the essence of cool. While other people memorized rap tunes, I wrote my own. When others watched hip-hop dancers,…

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Need a Mr. Fix-It? Dont call Solomon.

LAST WEEKEND, after 14 years of marriage, I finally came to terms with who I am. I no longer have to pretend. I am out of the rut that ensnared me, and I am free from the lie I tried to live for so long. That’s right, boys and girls. I have an admission to…

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Solomon Jones vs. Styx the cat

I’D HEARD that cats were petty and vindictive – sneaky, even. But I’d never seen it for myself . . . until now. As you probably know, my family convinced me to take in a street cat, which we named Styx, about nine months ago, and it has been an adventure, to say the least.…

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Solomon rebels against Made In America

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IF THIS weekend’s Made In America festival proved one thing, it showed that not much is made in America anymore. We used to make steel, cars, clothing and shoes. Now all we make are cat videos and people. And among those people, the only ones who count are the ones who sing, rap or dance…

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If Bey and Jay are on the rocks, the rest of us have more than 99 problems

I’M FLABBERGASTED, dumbfounded and shocked. In other words, I’m really surprised. Why am I so stunned, you ask? I’m stunned because of published reports that Beyonce is prepared to divorce hip-hop mogul Jay Z. Because if two people with more money than Nicaragua can’t make it, what hope is there for the rest of us?…

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His marriage is going strong after 14 years, and thats golden

LAST WEEK was my 14th wedding anniversary. That’s right, the big one-four. I know 14 years isn’t a gold anniversary. It’s not even a silver anniversary, but maybe we could call it a copper anniversary, or a quartz anniversary, or a synthetic topaz anniversary. Why? Because divorce rates have doubled over the past 20 years…

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Solomons wife fattens him up for summer

MEMORIAL DAY is the unofficial start of summer, and, despite my best efforts, I am not prepared for my hot weather debut. I blame my wife. She spent much of the winter and spring baking bread, and forcing me to eat it by allowing the aroma to waft through our house. Perhaps if it were…

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Thank you Chuck Stone: 1924-2014

PHILADELPHIA IS segregated and diverse, impoverished and affluent, corrupt and pristine. But even with all its contradictions, it is a better Philadelphia than it used to be, largely due to the efforts of legendary Philadelphia Daily News columnist Chuck Stone. He died Sunday at the age of 89. In the coming days, you’ll read about…

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