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State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell hosts Wear Orange Rally Against Gun Violence

In an effort to stop gun violence on the streets of Philadelphia, State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell hosted a Wear Orange Rally Against Gun Violence on Friday, June 7, 2019. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Council woman Jannie Blackwell, State Senator Vincent Hughes and District Attorney Larry Krasner were on hand to help spread the message about the seriousness of gun violence in our city.

The Wear Orange Rally was aimed to bring scores of people together to address gun violence in Philadelphia, and to acknowledge the life and death of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenage girl who lived in the City of Chicago. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed at the age of 15, just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, her community asked the nation to stand up, speak out and Wear Orange to raise awareness about the seriousness of gun violence.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 14, 2019

In Celebration of its 90th Anniversary, Uptown Theater throws a Block Party

 To kick off the 90th anniversary celebration of the Uptown Theater, the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation ( UEDC ) treated the community to a fabulous block party and honored people, with special awards, who have made a great difference in today’s society. The Uptown Theater held a Hall of Fame ceremony in their honor.                                                          To get the block party started, the Uptown Theater ( located near Broad & Dauphin ) invited people to a Health & Fitness Fair and a neighborhood flea market. In addition to that, the public was invited to step inside the legendary Uptown Theater to enjoy a tour of its amazing music history. The theater is historic and significant to the African-American community. It was popular for its rhythm and blues and early rock-n-roll. Groups like the Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Jackson Five and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles all performed at the Uptown Theater.   

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 21, 2019

Hundreds gather for a big celebration to Rename 52nd Street Muhammad Ali Way

 

People came out in big numbers to join the festivities at Malcolm X Park in connection with the city’s Juneteenth celebration. A big float that carried a number of city officials led a parade from Parkside Avenue straight down 52nd Street to Malcolm X Park. About an hour later, there was something else going on, across the street from the park, that brought more people to the celebration.

Last Saturday, on June 22, 2019, the City of Philadelphia and the 400 Years Coalition held a big ceremony to rename 52nd Street as Muhammad Ali Way.

This event took place last as hundreds of people came out to honor the former heavyweight boxing champion. Hundreds of people gathered at the corner of 52nd & Addison Street to help kick off the big ceremony. On stage at this event was Muhammad Ali’s daughter Khaliah Ali, his grandson Jacob Wertheimer, Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia’s NAACP President Rodney Muhammad, State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell and Council woman Jannie L. Blackwell. Each person spoke on stage and said great things about the legendary heavyweight boxing champion.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 28, 2019

This Dynamic Duo Walked Across Times Square in a Death-Defying High Wire Act

 

In great suspense, here are two of the greatest dare devil acts in the world, Nik and Lijana Wallenda, the brother and sister act of the Flying Wallendas. Last Sunday night, June 23, 2019, night, they walked through the sky in Times Square. They did a death-defying act, walking 25 stories above the streets of New York City.

This daredevil act aired, on ABC and was watched by millions of people across America. The pair wore tethered safety harnesses which was required by New York City in case the worst happened. In the name of Jesus, it seemed like the world was sitting on their shoulders. They had to walk a quarter-mile on a high wire that stretched high above the big streets of Manhattan. To make things more incredible, the high wire was no bigger than a person’s thumb. Both performers held balancing poles on a wire. They were scheduled to walk on opposite sides of a 1,300 foot wire that stretched between Times Square at the west end of 42nd Street to the west side of 47th Street.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 28, 2019

A Serious Warning for all people on the Fourth of July

A nine year-old girl is dealing with the lost of her two fingers. It happened on Sunday morning, June 30, 2019, just after 10:30 AM on the 1800 block of East Wishart Street in Kensington. The little girl was messing around with an explosive device that her father purchased from a man on the street. Somehow, the little girl found the explosive device in the her house and unfortunately it exploded in her hands.

Neighbors told Channel 6 Action News they heard a loud explosion and screams coming from the house. Then the next thing they knew, neighbors saw smoke coming from the child’s home.  One neighbor rushed inside the house and covered child’s hands with some clothing. Then the child was rushed to the hospital with her distraught mother crying out-of-control. Police officers transferred the little girl to a police vehicle and rushed her to St. Christopher Hospital. The girl was listed in critical condition. The girl sustained injuries to both hands also cuts to her chest, face and burns to her eyes.  

 “It was like a loud boom, it was loud, I heard it in the back room,” said Judith Sierra who lives across the street. “There was smoke coming out the house.  A neighbor was pushing the door real hard to get to the little girl.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital July 5, 2019

15 STORIES UP... 15 STORIES DOWN

In his mind, it was matter of life or death. That was the only thing on his mind. Last Thursday night, a man named Jermaine, who refused to give his last name, received a phone call from his sister who alerted him about his bed-ridden mother appeared to be trapped inside her high-rise apartment. He believed his mother was in danger and was unable to escape a fire that threatened to reach the 15th floor.

  Jermaine’s 65-year-old mother was among several residents, at the 19-story West Park Apartments, located at 4445 Holden Street in the West Powelton section, who refused  to leave the building after a fire started inside the trash chute that’s located on the fourth floor. The fire started around 9:20 pm as neighbors were alerted by fire officials to immediately evacuate the apartment building. Meantime, 35-year-old Jermaine raced over to his mother’s apartment building where he found his sister and nephew standing outside. They told him that his mother was still inside the apartment building trapped in her apartment on the 15th floor. There were 100 cops standing out there along with 50 fire fighters. They said the whole building was on fire and they weren’t letting anybody in.                                                                      That’s when witnesses watched Jermaine risk his own life. First, he tried to enter through the front door, but was blocked by police. He was told the elevators were not working. And then, he tried to take the stairs, but the fire fighters refused to allow him to enter the building.                                                        That’s when he sprung into action. Jermaine ran around the building and he grabbed onto a gate that was connected to a window. He started climbing up the building. He was climbing up the building like your neighborhood Spider Man. Jermaine told Channel 6 Action News that he used to jump roofs when he was a kid. He’s glad all that practice really paid off for him.

Read more Napoleon, ScoopUSA Media, July 26, 2019, page 12

July 2019

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Robert Mendelsohn leaves his mark in the Philadelphia Media Community

Photographer Robert Mendelsohn leaves his mark in the Philadelphia Media Community and his Love for Black Folks around the city  


On Monday, a memorial service was set for long-time free-lance photographer Robert Mendelsohn who died last Friday, on July 26, in his rooming house in Germantown. Robert Mendelsohn once worked for the Philadelphia Tribune, the New Observer and the Philadelphia Sunday Sun.                                               Mendelsohn was found dead last Friday night after he failed to respond to messages on his phone, according to his sister, Judith Mendelsohn-Marcus, who lives in Delran, Burlington County. She said the cause of death was heart disease. A time of death was never determined. Robert Mendelsohn was 61-years-old.  

  On Wednesday morning, July 31, a funeral service was held for Robert Mendelsohn at Goldstein’s Funeral Home, located at 6410 North Broad Street. People came from all parts of the city to honor a man who shot pictures for over 20 years in the Black community.

Robert Mendelsohn, who was born Jewish, worked exclusively for Black-owned newspapers. He traveled from one end of the city to another. He would often hit the suburbs when he did his assignments. And he did it often relying on public transportation. At times, he would travel across the Tri-state. No matter the time or place. It didn’t matter to him. Robert loved his work and he loved people. He attended almost every African American event in the city. In the Black community, he was known as the being the only white guy standing in the room. That didn’t bother him because he felt more comfortable being around Black folks. His love for Black folks fit like a glove. He loved Black folks and Black folks loved him. That’s the reason why his death has been a major impact on people in the Black community. He left his mark on Black folks around this city.

Read More Napoleon, Scoop USA Media,  August 2, 2019,  page 5

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