Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner forced 31 people out at the District Attorney’s office, prompting criticism from some and celebration from others. In an exclusive interview with Praise 107.9 FM host and Daily News columnist Solomon Jones, Krasner explained his motivations. “We did it because this is an office in need of culture change,” Krasner…

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When fellow columnist Stu Bykofsky said Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania’s Asa Khalif should not be allowed to interrupt government news conferences while protesting the killings of black men by police, I was flummoxed. Last time I checked, the First Amendment granted every American the right to free speech. It’s what protects my right to pen…

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Because he oversaw and maintained police brutality in the black and brown communities in which I grew up, the statue of Frank Rizzo must immediately be removed from the steps of the taxpayer-funded Municipal Services Building. Not one more cent of my tax dollars maintaining it. Not one more moment of my property housing it.…

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A MEDICAL marijuana dispensary called TerraVida Holistic Centers is being proposed for my neighborhood, and I’m not pleased. Not only because the process allowed the community to be caught off guard, but also because the politics surrounding the venture are unseemly, at best. That’s because Chris Visco – one of the partners seeking to open…

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My heart is broken at the news that Seth Williams has been indicted on charges of corruption. But the pain I feel is not for Williams – a man I’ve known for several years. Rather, my pain is for Philadelphia’s black community. Having read through the federal indictment that lays out Williams’ alleged crimes, the…

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Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined Solomon Jones on Wake Up With WURD to talk Pre-K, beverage tax and more on the Wake Up With WURD show. Photo: Official Photo Jim Kenney / City of Philadelphia Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com and morning…

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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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Tariq El Shabazz is a Philadelphia lawyer who worked as a defense attorney and as an assistant DA before being appointed as head of investigations and first assistant in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. He resigned and is now a candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney. Listen to Solomon’s Wake Up With WURD interview now. Photo: Tariq El Shabazz…

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In the hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in on Friday, the battle for America’s soul took shape. President Trump and Press Secretary Sean Spicer sparred with journalists as the New York Times and other media reported that anti-Trump protesters at the Washington DC Women’s March outnumbered crowds for the inauguration itself. Cities like…

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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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