When I watched the video of Walter Wallace Jr., 27, being gunned down by two Philadelphia police officers on Monday, I was overcome by sadness and rage. Then a sense of calm certainty overtook those roiling emotions, because I was sure of one thing. This would not have happened if Walter Wallace Jr. were white.…

Read More

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…

Read More

On Thursday, Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris came to Philadelphia, and in a surreal twist of fate, my block was one of the stops on the campaign trail. But it wasn’t the time that she spent on my street that told me the most about Harris. It was what happened in the hours before. Around…

Read More

There’s so much happening that sometimes it’s easy to be overwhelmed. The president is lying about coronavirus, the homeless are camped out on the Parkway, fires are raging in California, and the most important election of our lifetimes is less than two months away.  But in Philadelphia, the most immediate danger is gun violence. Gun…

Read More

Join us at Philadelphia City Hall at 12:30 pm August 31st for A Prayer for the City: Celebrating Aretha Franklin’s Legacy. Aretha Franklin brought prayer to the top of the charts with, “I Say A Little Prayer.” On Friday, as the world says its final farewell, Philadelphia will celebrate her legacy through prayer. We’ll pray…

Read More

Solomon Jones and Praise 107.9 FM teamed with every day Philadelphians to host “Safe Injection Sites: A Community Forum.” Neighbors had the opportunity to pose questions to city leaders after the Kenney administration, faced with a drug crisis that killed an estimated 1200 people last year, proposed Safe Injection Sites where intravenous drug users can…

Read More

Amid the drug crisis that caused an estimated 1200 overdose deaths in Philadelphia last year, city leaders have proposed Safe Injection Sites where intravenous drug users can inject drugs under the supervision of medical personnel. Philadelphians have many concerns about this proposal. On Friday February 9th at 6:30 pm at Mt. Tabor AME Church at…

Read More

The Eagles Super Bowl win is not just a story of inspiration and perseverance. It is the story of Philadelphia, because this is our year. Yes, Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate of any big city in America. We’ve seen more overdoses than any major American city. We’ve seen political corruption rear its ugly head.…

Read More

After Philadelphia saw 950 people die from overdoses through September of last year, the city wants to green light safe-injection sites. Those are places where you can BYOD — bring your own drugs — and shoot up with medics nearby. Advocates say safe-injection sites save lives by preventing overdoses. But, in my view, “safe” and…

Read More