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Beauty of The Beholder

Award-winning costume designer’s latest venture is Black Dolls Matter

(Photo Left) Black Dolls Matter founder and CEO Mark Ruffin. He promotes Black dolls and makes custom clothing for them.  Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Veteran dollmaker and Emmy-winning costume designer Mark Ruffin says his colleagues in the toy industry often told him “black dolls don’t sell.”

So, after a successful design career that also included being a puppet maker for the likes of Jim Henson and Sesame Street, the West Philadelphia native founded Black Dolls Matter, an advocacy campaign to prove that they do.

At the “Free First Sundays: Crossing the Line” event at the Barnes Foundation on Nov. 5, Ruffin presented Black Dolls Matter as a...

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Teaching and Learning

Issues of race and education find growing audiences

(Photo Left) From left, Ali Michael, Eddie Moore Jr. and Marguerite W. Penick-Parks share a selfie. Photo courtesy of Corwin/SAGE Publishing.

Some of the statistics around Blacks and education are stark, particularly when it comes to...

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The Joy of Clowning

Group reminds spectators that clowns bring smiles and laughs

(Photo Left) Dai Meeks a.k.a. ChaCha the clown, with young people from Attucks Elementary School, Kansas City, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Dai Meeks.

For their Annual Halloween Safe Corridor gathering, which took place on Tuesday...

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Action Required

Award-winning actor Hill Harper addresses Philly community on engagement

(Photo Left) Actor and Author Hill Harper speaking at the School District of Philadelphia as part of Family Engagement Month. 

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Tales Worth Sharing

Tribute to local historians cancelled, but stories should continue

(Photo Left) (L to R) Sonny Driver, Sonny Hopson and Bruce Webb. Photo courtesy of Bob Lott.

Sadly, Teamwork Media Group International has cancelled its evening-length documentary  tribute to...

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Bridging Generations

United Negro College Fund aims for millennials, attracts all

(Photos Left) Scenes from UNCF fundraiser on the East Falls Bridge.  Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Generations ago, the phrase, “A mind...

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Return to Strawberry Mansion

New John Coltrane mural rises after original succumbs to development

(Photo Left) From left, Joey Harris, Sen. Vincent Hughes, Cathy Harris and Jane Golden of Mural Arts, and Artist Ernel Martinez at the John Coltrane mural dedication in Strawberry Mansion.  Photo by Sarah J...

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Baby Business

Mother-daughter team creates lifelike dolls for profit, therapy

(Photo Left) Chevonne and Arial Porter create reborn customized dolls from their Philadelphia home. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

The website belonging to 15-year-old Arial Porter and her mom Chevonne features baby Owen. At about...

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Reclaiming Their Word

Diva performers gather for all-women jazz concert

(Photo Left) Khadijah Renee. Photo courtesy of Khadijah Renee.

“All Women, All Jazz” was more than a concert of all female performers and composers.

It was a battle cry; an effort to reclaim the tone...

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Showing the Way

For National Recovery Month ODAAT remains a model in the field

(Photo Left) Mel Wells, the president of One Day At A Time. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

In recognition of this month as National Recovery Month,  designated to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use...

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The Weight of a Movement

Black Girls RUN! brings 5th national conference to Philly

(Photo Left) Black Girls Run! Philadelphia Ambassadors with Nia Ali, Olympic Silver Medalist and Hurdler. Photo Courtesy of Celeste R. Stewart, Black Girls Run! Philadelphia.

What began as two women’s effort to...

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