Author: Solomon Jones

Solomon Jones | WHYY.org So much that’s happened in the last week has been emblematic of the chaos of 2020. Iconic civil rights leaders John Lewis and C.T. Vivian died. Federal agents snatched protesters off Portland streets at the Trump administration’s behest. Then, after months of downplaying their importance, President Trump finally admitted that masks [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer During my teen years in North Philly, we had a label for the guy who got a little too comfortable before he really got a chance to know you. He was the guy who said things that might’ve been appropriate coming from your cousin or your best friend. However, [...]

The rise of the coronavirus has transformed everything I’d come to know as normal. The scratchy throat that in previous years I’d dismiss as the onset of spring allergies is now a source of concern. A trip to the neighborhood market I’ve visited a thousand times is now a journey fraught with risk. The drive […]

A decade ago, before #BlackLivesMatter, before Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, before camera phones immortalized the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police, there was a Philadelphia narcotics squad that allegedly ran amok in black and brown communities. Officer Thomas Tolstoy was a key member of that narcotics squad, and their exploits […]

When I convened over 400 people to announce an antigun violence effort called #ManUpPHL last Monday at the Community College of Philadelphia, I knew our effort would be bigger than our own work. It would also be about supporting the work of others. That’s why, on Saturday evening, a little more than two weeks after 10-year-old Semaj O’Branty […]

MEDIA ADVISORY   November 14, 2019      Contact: Solomon Jones pipedreamer19141@yahoo.com     (215) 837-4325 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE HELP FORM!    #ManUpPHL challenges black men to take on gun violence  Dozens of black male organizations convene to stop the shooting   PHILADELPHIA— As Philadelphia’s children are increasingly caught in the crossfire, #ManUpPHL, is bringing together hundreds […]

In a Black community dealing with the shooting deaths of numerous children in recent months, another story is vying for top billing — the proposed boycott of the Civil War-era biopic, “Harriet.” It seems to be part of a disturbing pattern of Black folks telling each other not to support Black films.  And not just […]

This past weekend in Philadelphia a 2-year-old was shot in the head and died. Just a day before, an 11-month-old baby was shot four times and lived. And while my prayer is that something good can come from this assault on our children, reality says prayer is not enough. Philadelphia’s black and brown community — […]

Donald Trump held up almost $400 million in military funding to Ukraine while trying to pressure the country’s president to investigate Joe Biden’s son. At least that’s the accusation that emerged after a whistleblower complained about a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. If true, it means Trump tried to use taxpayer money [...]

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