"She was a clear, strong voice to the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia and across America," said Mayor Michael Nutter in an Oct. 19 statement that announced Casarez's passing. Casarez, a native Philadelphian, was the coordinator of the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative before joining the Nutter administration in 2008 when he created the city's Office of LGBT Affairs.
Members of the Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia paid tribute to former Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Sonia Sanchez, at a concert in honor of the mural, "Peace is a Haiku Song", at Broad and Christian Streets, Philadelphia, on Sunday, October 12th. The concert featured several choral and jazz pieces inspired by the mural, which was painted by Josh Sarantitis and Parris Stancell, in 2012, under the auspices of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
Now in its 13th season, this literacy initiative encourages the entire greater Philadelphia region to come together through reading and discussing the same book. Running from January 22 through March 19, 2015, the One Book, One Philadelphia program will include more than 100 related events inspired by the featured selections, including panel discussions, film screenings, musical performances, and more.
AT FIRST, Dorian Parsley shrugged. The former civilian police dispatcher seemed at a loss for words at her sentencing hearing before a federal judge.
TINDLEY TEMPLE United Methodist Church's stained-glass windows vibrated around Kyrell Tyler's casket as hundreds of dirt bikes, ATVs and motorcycles revved outside on Broad Street yesterday, ready to roll for one of their own. Tyler, 23, a well-known stunt rider known as "DirtbikeRell" on various social-media sites, was shot and killed on Oct. 14. His body was found in a Chevy Monte Carlo near 60th Street and Greenway Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.