ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the biggest topics of conversation last week on WURD Radio.
Bruce’s Beach: More than a century ago, a part of Manhattan Beach in California was owned by a Black husband and wife, Willa and Charles Bruce. It was known as Bruce’s Beach, but the Bruces were forced off of their property by white neighbors. Chief Duane Yellow Feather, a descendant of the Bruce family, talked about the newest update on Bruce’s Beach.
Jayland Walker: Temple journalism professor Linn Washington Jr. talked about the history of Philly mayors in crisis and the awful details of Jayland Walker, an unarmed Black man shot 60 times by police while a white mass shooter was taken alive.
Workforce Development: Romona Riscoe Benson, PECO’s director of corporate and community impact, spoke on Reality Check about workforce development and available grants.
Election Deniers: Thania Sanchez, senior vice president of research and policy development for States United, discussed updated data on election denier candidates running for statewide office.
A Victory Against the Government: Keir Bradford-Grey joined The Source to talk about her construction company client’s recent victory against the U.S. federal government after being swept up in a Clean Air Act investigation. She also shared her thoughts on Roe v. Wade.
Creflo Dollar: Dr. Quintin Robertson, director of the Urban Theological Institute, spoke about the concept of tithing and televangelist Creflo Dollar’s shift in philosophy on the subject.
Roe v. Wade: Dr. Jamila K. Taylor is director of health care reform and senior fellow at The Century Foundation. Taylor, a renowned health policy expert who also works on issues related to reproductive rights and justice, focusing on the structural barriers to access to health care, racial and gender disparities in health outcomes, and the intersections between health care and economic justice, discussed the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Hair Care: Kala J and Danae talked with Naeemah Johnson of NStyle Inc Salons, who shared her journey to hair care and why she took over the salon from her mother. She also talked about creativity and mentoring in the community.
Brown Girls Swim: Amani Khabir, the founder of Brown Girls Swim, discussed water safety practices for the summer and shared what parents should and should not do when taking children to the pool. She also talked about the dangers of drinking and swimming.
Fourth of July shooting: Two police officers were injured in a shooting near the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the Fourth of July celebration wrapped up Monday night on Ben Franklin Parkway. Here are WURD interviews on the shooting, which sent thousands fleeing in fear:
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke spoke about the shooting the morning after the incident.
Lauren Vidas discussed the shooting and what should happen with large outdoor festivals and public safety going forward.
Ben Mannes and Christopher Norris discussed Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s statements in response to the shooting, as did City Councilmember at Large Derek Green.
Councilwoman Cherelle Parker talked about her safety plan to combat gun violence.
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