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Philadelphia’s Ariell Johnson recognized for comics store

(Photo Left) Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse speaks at “Superhero Day” panel. Photo by Sarah J. Glover

Ariell Johnson’s Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse had a few extra superheroes on Friday, Feb. 24.

They weren’t the ones in the pages of the comic books and graphic novels she sells from her shop at 2578 Frankford Ave. in Kensington, but actual people dressed as Spiderman and Batgirl, who had come to celebrate “Superhero Day.”

The day was part of the “Worth Telling” Black History Month campaign by Allstate. Johnson was honored as the first African-American female to own a comic book store on the East Coast and...

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A Different Front Line

Activist, blogger on children’s issues now facing fight of her own

(Photo Left) M. Tonita Austin is a poet, activist, accountant and children’s advocate dealing with the effects of her daughter’s schoolyard concussion. Photo courtesy of Zamani...

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Scouting and Coding at Cobbs Creek

New partnership for environmental center and Boy Scouts opens new paths

(Photo Left) Kevin McLemore of Maple Glenn, Troop 542 and the Boy Scouts District STEM Committee helps Antoine Dantzler of Troop 133 program his app. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

One might not naturally put...

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Hard work coming to fruition for area activist

Patrick Duff’s effort to rescue former Camden residence of Martin Luther King Jr. materializing

(Photo Left) (from left) Patrick Duff, local historian, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, Jeanette Lily Hunt, property owner,  U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Camden mayor Dana Redd stand outside home where...

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Post-election, a Day of Gratitude

Election volunteers travel from NYC to Philly on a new mission

(Photo Left) Some of the volunteers and family members from New York’s Downtown East for Progress and Clinton West for Philadelphia who converged in Philadelphia to help clean up neighborhoods. Photo courtesy of the Elizabeth...

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Adventures and Rewards

Parent educator publishes book for girls with ADHD, “and the mommies who love them”

(Photo Left) Rhashidah Perry is the author of the book, “Raising Hasana: Summer Adventures.” Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Veteran communications expert and parent...

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The Right Touch

After the gift of a kidney, massage therapist pays his second chance forward

(Photo Left) Earl “The Touch” Davis works on a client. Photo by Sarah J. Glover. Earl Davis has “the touch.”

The South Philly native has worked happily as a certified...

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Hip-hopping into the business world

Local institute teaching entrepreneurial skills through new avenue

(Photo Left) Program founder Tayyib Smith. Photo by Sarah J. Glover.

Akasha Maples, a Jersey City native and recent graduate of Temple University, says she has “an intensely creative mind.”

But the DJ, who has a...

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From tragedy to masterpiece

Picasso Project arts education grant transforms school’s environment.

(Photo Left) Image from the 2015 City Year Paint Day at McClure Elementary. Photos by Linda Fernandez.

Sharon Marino, principal at McClure Elementary School in the Hunting Park section of the city...

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When Art Renews

Day of the Dead celebration features altar by muralist Cesar Viveros

(Photos from Left to Right) Artist Cesar Viveros works on the central altar at the 2015 Day of the Dead celebration...

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White House Honor Humbles Youth Expert

Cheryl Ann Wadlington named ‘Champion of Change’ in White House ceremony

(Photo Left) Cheryl Ann Wadlington (left) receives White House recognition as a “Champion of Change.” Photo courtesy of Cheryl Ann Wadlington.

Not much seems to faze...

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