I want to be proud on this, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but I can’t. Not while mourning I’m the untimely demise of all that the Voting Rights Act represents. I mourn because just 27 percent of eligible voters participated in Philadelphia’s mayoral primaries. I mourn because we’ve been lulled…

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You know who I really feel sorry for right now? Common. Now on paper, there’s really no need for me to feel sorry for a guy who just won the Academy Award, has a couple of Grammys, and has Kanye West on speed dial, but I do because right now, I’m guessing that he’s being…

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Top 5 Live –WURD Monday March 9  1. Body of Cayman Naib, 13, found in creek bed near family home The leader of the K-9 search and rescue team that found 13-year-old Cayman Naib said Sunday that his body was almost completely covered in snow, lying near a tall fieldstone wall from which he may…

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For any black artist who has ventured into the mainstream world of media and entertainment, “Selma” director Ava Duvernay being snubbed by the Academy Awards is not surprising, but it’s still sad. Duvernay’s landmark film won a best picture nod after she coaxed Oscar-worthy performances from actors such as David Oyelowo, who portrayed Martin Luther…

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Those of you who have followed Denzel Washington’s career since its inception know that he won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Glory. [blocktext align=”right”]Glory focused so much on Matthew Broderick’s character, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, and the issues he faced leading black troops that we never really got any…

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I TOOK MY family to see “Selma,” the Golden Globe-nominated film that portrays the bloody battle for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I took them, not because of the film’s historical lessons or cinematic splendor. I did so because my children must see their story on screens large enough to hold…

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