Friday, June 18

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Opinion

It’s Okay to Be Okay with Being Okay

by Nahje Royster If you’re anything like me, being happy and content sometimes feels foreign and confusing. Being so accustomed to pain, disappointment, frustration, and grief doesn’t allow for space to imagine anything other than these heavy, dark feelings. However, it really is okay to be okay. My therapist has been DRAGGING me lately- actually since I met her- about getting out of the comfort zone of being sad, upset, angry, etc. I hadn’t even realized that was what I was doing until I thought about my “healing” habits. When things go awry, no matter how big or small, I shut down and I try to stay in that emotion as long as possible. I avoid things that might make me feel better, I say self-deprecating things, I avoid my friends-- the whole, toxic, nine yards. But why? What does ...
Opinion

Self-Preservation from white people is my Political Act

by Nahje Royster I am nobody’s good negro. I will not coddle white guilt and allow them to believe that things are okay when they aren’t[i]. I was the Undergraduate Speaker at West Chester University’s December 2019 Kente Ceremony. One of my favorite parts of my speech was: “We cannot be cashed in when folks want to pretend to have the range to speak on our identities. We will not stifle how Black or brown we are to make anyone comfortable. We will no longer allow people to pretend to not understand what we’re saying because we’re using African American Vernacular English, of which is a recognized and accredited dialect with research to back it up. We will not stop using Ebonics, cultural slang, or any other decolonized tongue because we are not, never have been and never will be...
Philly’s Adjustment to Virtual Learning
Features

Philly’s Adjustment to Virtual Learning

by Sunny Morgan Philadelphia— In cities across the country, students and teachers have been getting acclimated to the current reality that is virtual learning. While many students have adjusted well, others have had roadblocks. Many families reside in households without accessible computers or access to internet altogether. The School District of Philadelphia, like many, have programs to loan Chromebook computers to any student who needs it. The internet issue in Philadelphia, however, hasn’t been fully resolved for those who may not be able to afford it. Comcast says they are offering their Internet Essentials program for free to “eligible new customers.” Eligible residents get 60 days of free access to the web. For those who are not eligible for programs like this, the options bec...
Life During COVID-19 in Philadelphia
Multimedia

Life During COVID-19 in Philadelphia

a Photo Essay by Tyler Jefferson Phase 1 Phase 1 (Late March): With the rise of COVID-19 cases, restrictions were put in place to reduce the spread. Masks were required, and Philadelphia residents were placed under a citywide curfew. Only essential businesses could operate. Colleges and universities were forced to hold classes online. The city became a desolate landscape.  Phase 2 Phase 2 (Late May – June): In response to the brutal killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, the country erupted in protests. There was a nation-wide uprising  to fight against police brutality. Phase 3 Phase 3 (Mid-June): When we seemed to “flatten the curve” with COVID-19, Philadelphia residents emerged to a city operating under a new world order. Altho...
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