Articles

  By Shari Kruzinski | WSFS Bank With COVID-19 vaccinations underway, restrictions easing and the school year wrapping up, many people are ready to get out of the house and spend their summers traveling again. Whether visiting family and friends, getting back to annual vacations or choosing new destinations to explore, travelers are charting their [...]
By WURD Radio We're baaaaaack! As the city reopened after COVID-19 restrictions, WURD Radio hosted several live broadcasts around the city to meet with fans and share information on its Early Bird membership campaign. WURD went to Fresh Grocer on Monument Road on June 11 for its first event of the year! Tiffany Bacon hosted [...]
By WURD Radio In honor of Black Music Month, WURD Radio host Tiffany Bacon interviewed musicologist, pianist, composer and University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Guthrie Ramsey about the history of “Freedom Music” and its impact on Black culture and community.  Hear the interview in full below, listen to our Songs of Freedom playlist and share [...]
By Vernita Dorsey | WSFS Bank It’s no secret Millennial and Gen Z consumers have faced their fair share of adversity from financial crises as they matured from adolescence into adulthood. And while every generation faces financial setbacks, these adverse events have had a profound impact on these younger Americans, affecting their habits and leaving [...]
Whether you want to give your dad a shout-out or you're a father yourself, we want to hear from you! Please tell us why your father deserves a special shout-out for Father's Day. And if you're a father, please tell us what fatherhood means to you.  Loading… THE WURD WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Black Talk Media sent [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer  I’ve long known that some of the Philadelphia police officers who were fired after their racist or bigoted Facebook comments were exposed by the 2019 Plainview Project were trying to get their jobs back through arbitration. That’s why reading about it in The Inquirer was no surprise. I was, [...]
This Black Music Month, as the city starts to reopen and we embrace the spirit of Juneteenth, WURD Radio celebrates Songs of Freedom. All month long, we’ll share stories behind some of the most recognizable classics and spotlight artists producing music about Black liberation.   Loading… THE WURD WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Black Talk Media sent straight [...]
Here’s how to start -- and continue -- the ‘Day of Healing’ The fight against the systemic brutalization of Black bodies started long before the heinous murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. We have a long history of trauma and abuse at the hands of white America. But through it all we always [...]
May 20, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WURD AND PHILADELPHIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PARTNER TO SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES In their ongoing commitment to connect Philadelphians with jobs and business development opportunities, WURD Radio joins forces with The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia for a strategic partnership.               PHILADELPHIA, PA​ – [...]
The May 18 primary election in Pennsylvania features a number of city-wide and state judicial races, in addition to several ballot questions. In our special #WURDonPolitics Election coverage, the last public debate between the Democratic Party candidates running for District Attorney in the City of Philadelphia happened Wednesday, May 12, exclusively on WURD Radio. Incumbent [...]
By Solomon Jones | WURD Radio Sometimes you meet people who influence you in ways you can’t immediately see. Leroi Simmons did that for me. He called me one Saturday out of the blue while I was outside with my children. At the time I had just debuted a self-published CD called Wisdom, which I’d [...]
Solomon Jones | The Inquirer I don’t care that Kim Potter, the police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright during a car stop, has resigned. I don’t care that Police Chief Tim Gannon stepped down either. I’m still enraged, because Wright didn't have to die. It happened Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota—a suburb just [...]
By Ngakiya Camara | WURD Radio Dr. Ashish Jha, medical physician and Dean of Brown University, joined Nick Taliaferro on Evening WURDs to discuss the future of this pandemic as well as vaccine rollout initiatives.  Analyzing the potential of yet another rise in cases, Dr. Jha stresses that although there will be an increase in [...]
By Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com As the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of killing George Floyd by mercilessly pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, begins this week, I am convinced that Black people need healing as much as we need justice. There is a persistent heartache that [...]
By Syreeta Martin | The Philadelphia Citizen A WURD radio host and entrepreneur reflects on the four “Fs” that have come to the forefront this year: family, finances, fitness and faith The past year was a transformative force. Anytime transformation occurs there is disruption in its onset, disorientation in its presence and, oftentimes, destruction, in [...]
By Katherine Rapin | The Philadelphia Citizen At Penn Medicine, white workers were three times more likely to sign up for a vaccine than Black workers. Dr. Florencia Greer Polite and fellow Black physicians set out to change that with a program getting noticed across the country According to a new vaccination data tool put [...]
By Ngakiya Camara | WURD Radio WURD was joined by Philadelphia’s Commissioner Danielle Outlaw for a conversation regarding her rise in ranks as well as her intention to reform Philadelphia’s Police Department.  Outlaw emphasizes that, in not coming from a family legacy of policing, she held many of the same stigmas regarding police as most [...]
By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy | The Philadelphia Citizen Wednesday’s mass shooting in Georgia put Asian Americans on even higher alert after a year of increased racial incidents. Here’s how you can help On Wednesday evening, the day after a mass shooting in Georgia that killed eight people, including six Asian Americans, around 100 people gathered [...]
By Erin McCarthy | Inquirer.com The rise in reported acts of hate has left people in the Asian community shaken and traumatized, constantly on edge, and worried they or a loved one could be the next person assaulted or killed. Stephen Kulp was walking on a Center City street this summer, adjusting his face mask [...]
By Curtis Jones | thephiladelphiacitizen.org I couldn’t sleep last night trying to dissect all of the causes for the pandemic-level rise in gun violence in Philadelphia. It is a multi-pronged problem that will require an all-hands-on-deck solution. This national problem shocked Overbrook Park, an otherwise peaceful neighborhood in my district, with a shootout that resulted [...]
By Erin McCarthy and Michael Klein | Inquirer.com  The idea of drinks at a bar on Easter Sunday is a real possibility throughout much of Pennsylvania, as Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday announced an easing of restrictions at restaurants outside of Philadelphia. Effective April 4, Wolf said, restaurants will be allowed to seat up to [...]
By Avi Wolfman-Arent | WHYY.org For Pennsylvania schools, the flood is coming. In this case, it’s the good kind of flood — a flood of money. “Everybody overuses the word ‘unprecedented,’ but it really is an unprecedented amount of federal funding coming to schools in a really short amount of time,” said Hannah Barrick, assistant [...]
WURD Radio is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on economic mobility. Read more at brokeinphilly.org or follow at @brokeinphilly. By Dale Mezzacappa | Chalkbeat The Philadelphia school district stands to receive almost $1.3 billion from the American Rescue Act that passed Congress Wednesday and is [...]
This story was originally published by Scalawag, a journalism and storytelling organization that illuminates dissent, unsettles dominant narratives, pursues justice and liberation, and stands in solidarity with marginalized people and communities in the South. Scalawag and WURD are part of the URL Media Network. By Tim Majors and Scalawag Editors Photos Credit: Tim Majors The water in Jackson, [...]
An Emergency Room physician in a leading professional team at Penn Medicine, Dr. Chidinma Nwakanma doesn’t hold back in her interview with Nick Taliaferro on Evening WURDs about her experiences as we approach a year of this pandemic. Being face to face, daily, with patients who were, “on death’s door,” especially in the beginning of [...]
March 4, 2021 THREE RADIO STATIONS ACROSS THE NATION JOIN FORCES TO CELEBRATE BLACK WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WITH LEVELUP CONTEST  WURD Radio in Philadelphia joins WVON Chicago and KJLH Radio Los Angeles to activate #LevelUP, a contest for women entrepreneurs in celebration of Women’s History Month PHILADELPHIA—In recognition of Women’s History Month, WURD Radio is launching [...]
By Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com The tale of Mike Tyson’s life is riveting. Abandoned by his father at age 2, Tyson and his two siblings were raised by a single motherwho moved the family to a crime-ridden Brooklyn neighborhood called Brownsville. Tyson learned to fight, joined a gang, and was arrested repeatedly before he was sent to [...]

By Ngakiya Camara | WURD Radio Dr. Nicolette Louissaint, executive director of Healthcare Ready, joined Charles Ellison on WURD’s Reality Check this past week to discuss vaccine initiatives and the overall future for the coronavirus. Focusing firstly on the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine– whose relatively low effective rate compared to the Pfizer vaccine has […]

By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug From Black Lives Matter and police brutality, to COVID-19 and racial disparities in public health, millions of people took to the streets last summer to protest injustice. For many Americans, however, their words and posters do not match their financial investments — a disconnect two organizations are attempting to [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Sarah Gustavus | Solutions Journalism Network SJN’s Economic Mobility Beat needs open-minded journalists willing to shed biases, tired narratives and musty ideas A few years ago, [...]
By Solomon Jones | WHYY.org Before COVID-19 shut down the world, I would often take my family to a bowling alley in East Norriton, Montgomery County. Back then, it was called the Facenda-Whitaker Bowling Lanes. Now it’s called the Our Town Alley Bowling Lanes, and it’s called one thing more — a murder scene. In the days [...]
By Ngakiya Camara | WURD Radio Dr. Ala Stanford, pediatric surgeon and the founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, joined Solomon Jones last week on WURD Radio to announce an amazing initiative to vaccinate Philadelphians who’ve been impacted the most by this pandemic.  Beginning last Friday at noon, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium began [...]
By Ximena Conde | WHYY.org Philadelphia opened on Tuesday its first city-run mass COVID-19 vaccination site for eligible residents in Phase 1B. The clinic at North Philly’s Martin Luther King Jr. Older Adult Center is one of three opening this week with the aim of making the vaccines easy to access in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. [...]
It is with a very heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of radio icon Cody Anderson. According to his family he passed peacefully on Saturday evening. Cody was instrumental in breathing life into WURD and shepherding it over our almost 20 years, first as General Manager and most recently as a beloved host, mentor [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Sara Catania | Solutions Journalism Network Going into her senior year as a journalism major at FAMU, Nallah Brown was having serious doubts about her chosen [...]
By Avi Wolfman-Arent | WHYY.org The School District of Philadelphia is delaying its plan to return some students to classrooms due to ongoing mediation with the teachers union — postponing from Feb. 22 to March 1. The decision comes amid a dispute with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which opposes returning members to buildings until all [...]
By Tajma Cameron | Inquirer.com As author Adrienne Maree Brown wrote, “Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.” For communities of color, COVID-19 has compounded the inequities prevalent in K-12 schools as virtual instruction has replaced face-to-face instruction for the [...]
By NBC 10 Staff | WHYY.org Ice storm warnings have been issued for northern and western counties as the Philadelphia region and Lehigh Valley brace for a potential ice storm. A mix of sleet and freezing rain is moving into our area Monday afternoon, with dangerous amounts of freezing rain expected Monday evening into Tuesday [...]

By Monica Melton | The Plug The racial wealth gap has ballooned after 41% of small Black-owned businesses were forced to shutter because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since 2016, the average white American family has had a net worth of $171,000, ten times the net worth of $17,150 for the average Black family. The pandemic further aggravated systemic racism and financial […]

By Ellie Silverman | Inquirer.com TL;DR: The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in talks with Philadelphia to run a mass vaccination clinic at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The city and FEMA have not finalized plans. Patients who succumbed or barely survived new coronavirus strains had certain conditions that made them the perfect hosts for the [...]
By Jewel Wicker | The Plug Nicodemus Madehdou used video games to connect with a new culture and make friends when he moved from Monrovia, Liberia to Philadelphia at 9-years-old. Games like RuneScape, a multiplayer fantasy game, helped Madehdou bridge cultural differences. Now his video game production studio is hoping to help diversify the industry. [...]
Sara Lomax-Reese is the president and CEO of WURD, the only African-American owned talk radio station in Pennsylvania and one of only three of its kind in the nation. She speaks about the importance and evolution of her station. NBC10’s Jacqueline London has the story. THE WURD WEEKLY NEWSLETTER Black Talk Media sent straight to [...]
Miles Bryan and Emily Rizzo | WHYY.org Philadelphia teachers braved sub-freezing temperatures Monday to stage citywide protests against the school district’s attempt to bring them back to school buildings. District officials had been demanding some teachers return to school buildings Monday, ahead of a planned return of up to 9,000 young children on Feb. 22. [...]
Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com In homes that are even the least bit conscious about America’s long history of racial bias, one of many lessons Black parents teach their children is this one: You have to be twice as good to get half as much. That key verse from what I like to call “The Big [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Brianna Bailey | The Frontier A federal economic relief package passed by Congress in March promised to provide a lifeline for hospitals, particularly those in rural communities [...]
WURD Radio is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on economic mobility. Read more at brokeinphilly.org or follow at @brokeinphilly.   By Eugene Sonn | Resolve Philly Month after month, we hear report after report about how one of the more painful parts of losing a loved one to COVID is not [...]
WURD Family, beginning Monday, February 1st thru February 5th, in the 9 o'clock hour, Wake Up With WURD's Solomon Jones will be hosting the Big Game Trivia Contest brought to you by Brown’s Family ShopRite and the family business collaborative partners, Amoroso’s Bakery, Dietz and Watson, and Herr’s Snacks. Winners of the Big Game Trivia [...]
Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com The Philly Fighting COVID debacle, where a group of self-described “college kids” with little-to-no medical experience was given a city partnership to run a mass vaccination program, is more than a national embarrassment. It could very well worsen the Black community’s mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine—a mistrust our community can’t afford. [...]
Reality Check host, Charles Ellison, will spearhead the Inauguration coverage by providing brief  updates at the top of each show starting with Wake Up With WURD and continuing throughout the day. From 10am -11:30am Charles Ellison will do a Special Inauguration Edition of Reality Check w/ some of our prominent contributors, a few inside D.C., [...]
NATIONAL PANEL Rev. Eugene Rivers, III - Anti-Gang Violence Activist; Boston MA Bishop Yvette Flunder - Equal Rights Activist, Womanist Theologian; Oakland CA (Contributor) Rev. Dr. William Barber - Anti-Poverty Activist; Goldsboro NC PHILADELPHIA PANEL Rev. Dr. Donna Jones - Cookman Beloved Community Baptist Rev. Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler - Mother Bethel AME Bishop Audrey [...]
Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug Ashley Turner, Philly Tech Sistas The past year has laid bare a lot of pre-existing inequities in the Philadelphia tech sector, ranging from lack of racial and gender diversity, to salary and venture capital funding disparities, among others. Yet while many individuals are quick to throw 2020 away, tech advocates [...]

#BlackWURDs Book Club is a monthly book club that airs on the second Tuesday of each month on Evening WURDS with Nick Taliaferro on WURD Radio. Each segment Nick will hold a contest for a giveaway book bundle which consists of 4 titles from Kensington’s Dafina’s authors of colors newest release. ForWURD Members can get […]

By Sara Lomax-Reese | President & CEO of WURD Radio On Wednesday white supremacy was on parade in full view, in all its twisted manifestations. As I watched the Capitol being stormed, I was struck by the laissez faire attitude of the police, the entitlement of the mob and the incredulity of the media commentators. [...]
Solomon Jones | WHYY.org The scene was unlike anything we’d ever witnessed. An angry mob descended on Capitol Hill after attending a rally where President Donald Trump erroneously claimed the election was stolen and directed his followers to confront members of Congress. “We’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you,” Trump [...]
Solomon Jones | solomonjones.com What must we do to get justice? That’s what I’m asking after the Kenosha Wisconsin D.A. failed to charge a white cop for shooting a Black man in the back. The victim, Jacob Blake, had been trying to break up an argument between two women, and as he walked back to [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat More than 10,000 voters cast their ballots in Philadelphia’s 9th Ward, marking the city’s highest registered-voter turnout, at 80%, during the 2020 general election. By comparison, citywide turnout was  66% and statewide turnout a little over 70%. Karen Bojar has lived in the 9th Ward for 40 years and was [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Even as voters in Philadelphia turned out in record numbers this election, two wards with the lowest turnout in the city show why some were still left behind in this democratic exercise. One of these is the 27th Ward in west and southwest Philadelphia, which includes University City with all [...]
Would adequate or generous relief during an economic disaster really "overheat" the economy? the b|e note Dec 28   Publisher’s Riff   The $900 billion pandemic stimulus relief bill along with $1.4 trillion in federal government funding through September 2021 has now been signed by President Trump. For the moment, complete disaster averted - at [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat This story originally appeared on Poynter.org With vote counting and certification for the 2020 presidential election behind us, national and local news outlets have largely framed public understanding of what the electorate looked like this year.  Media organizations kept track of key facts like the proportion of votes cast by [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat State Representative Joanna McClinton made history this year when she was elected House minority leader by her colleagues in the Pennsylvania legislature on November 12, 2020. The 38-year-old became the first Black woman to ever hold a party leadership position in Harrisburg. A Southwest Philadelphia native, McClinton spent seven years [...]
In the spirit of Harambee, Pulling Together, we must let Our Principles be Our Guide... Join Brother Shomari for a deep dive dialogue this Kwanzaa Holiday Season, with a particular focus on the Nguzo Saba (7 Principles)! Monday and Tuesday, December 28th and 29th (1 - 4pm), we will contemplate how Afrikan and Black centered [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Jenna Flanagan says she has never felt the weight of impartiality heavier than while covering the 2020 general election. Flanagan, a Black journalist at MetroFocus, is a host on a current affairs show at the multi-platform New York-based magazine. “As journalists it is our job to inform people,” she said. [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Rondell Jordan is a registered Pennsylvanian voter but he almost didn’t get to cast his ballot this year. Jordan, a 31-year-old Black man, works remotely in Washington D.C. and had planned to vote by mail in the 2020 General Election. But each time he tried to get a mail-in ballot, [...]
By Samaria Bailey | philadelphia.chalkbeat.org Language barriers, cultural differences and technological hurdles abound for student population In mid-March, some 200,000 Philadelphia students were sent home from their public schools due to the coronavirus, with hopes they would return two weeks later. That didn’t happen, and the buildings have been shuttered ever since. From Northeast to [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Linda Hyden cast her first ballot shortly before the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The year was 1964, and she had recently moved to Philadelphia. She was 20 at the time and remembers voting for Lyndon B. Johnson in that presidential election. “I was 16-years-old when I left [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Louise Grant takes extra steps to protect her son. She is the caretaker for the 41-year-old schizophrenic and worries that if she needs to call for assistance, the police may arrive unprepared. That’s why she wants everyone in her position to do what she did — register him within her [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Earlier this week, WURD and Votebeat spoke to a dozen Black voters across the city of Philadelphia and asked them to reflect on the 2020 Presidential Election. Now, we’ve asked these same voters to talk about the promise of the new political administration and how they believe these commitments will [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Activist and community organizer Walter Palmer remembers coming up in West Philadelphia’s Black Bottom in the 1950s and 60s during a period of pronounced political activity amongst the city’s Black residents and leaders. Palmer, 86, has spent the past 70 years teaching and training grassroot networks of Black community organizers [...]
Penn’s $100 million contribution to the School District—$10 million annually for 10 years—will be used to remediate environmental hazards, including asbestos and lead, in our public school buildings. This funding will have an immediate impact, supplementing the ongoing efforts of the City and District, and enabling them to dramatically accelerate and expand their response to [...]
Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions, starting Friday, November 20th, to fight rising COVID-19 cases This Friday, Philadelphians should prepare for new restrictions for about 6 weeks to help reduce the increase in coronavirus cases. The new “Safer at Home” restrictions will begin on Friday, November 20 and will remain in place through January [...]
By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug One Philadelphia tech nonprofit’s latest initiative has big plans to fight such inequity, and with a recent round of funding, it just might succeed. As the coronavirus pandemic catapults society into a digital-first future, it lays bare racial, social, and economic disparities borne out of the historic exclusion of Black [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Nakia Carr, 45, was poll watching at her local precinct in South Philadelphia on Election Day when chaos ensued. She remembers a rush of voters wrapped around the block during the early morning hours right when one of the voting machines suddenly stopped working. “We were having a very rough [...]
Brings the City’s direct support for small businesses to $38.7 million and for rental assistance to $39.4 million since start of the pandemic PHILADELPHIA – The Kenney Administration and Philadelphia City Council today announced a new commitment of $30 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to aid renters and [...]
by Solomon Jones | Philadelphia Inquirer Trump’s voter fraud lawsuits are not about contradicting the will of all the people — just the Black ones As Donald Trump engages in a twisted pattern of denial after losing the presidency to Joe Biden by nearly 5 million votes, media pundits have begun to talk about how [...]
By Cynthia Fernandez and Marie Albiges of Spotlight PA | SpotlightPA.com As President Donald Trump continues to question the integrity of Pennsylvania’s election while repeating unverified claims of voter fraud, state Republicans are once again seeking greater powers to investigate the voting process. Roughly two dozen House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday called for the [...]
by Sara Lomax-Reese | WURD The morning after election day 2020. I was woozy as if shaking off a hangover. Tired and on edge, I’m still trying to assuage the anxiety that lodged in the pit of my stomach some time around 8pm Tuesday night. While many predicted that this would be a nail-biter election, [...]
by Solomon Jones | WHYY On Saturday afternoon, when the numbers in Pennsylvania prompted every major media outlet to call the presidential race for Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, I was filled with a mix of joy and relief. I joined my neighbors in rushing outside to release the primal shouts we’ve [...]
We Told You The Electoral College Is An HBCU .... over a year ago. But, a lot of folks didn't want to hear it - well, someone finally listened by Charles D. Ellison | the B|E note Special insights heard daily at #RealityCheck on WURD every Mon - Thur, 10am - 1pm ET LIVE at wurdradio.com or facebook.com/forwurd  Few people love the [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Ballot counting continues in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania and all eyes are on its biggest county, Philadelphia, where officials count the last few votes, many of them sent by mail. Some of these are ballots that were postmarked by the November 3rd deadline and must arrive by today [...]
By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug As talks of a second stimulus check and other federal economic relief efforts for businesses continue to stall, four major Black chambers, in conjunction with other enterprises in the private sector, have taken it upon themselves to aid in the effort to assist Black-owned small businesses with regaining capital [...]
AMERICA RAN OUT OF LANDSLIDES  First impressions of what transpired during the most consequential election of our lifetime by Charles D. Ellison | WURD As of this date, it’s perhaps a fool’s errand to get too immersed in the numbers because ballots are still being counted and lawyers are already getting into it. What we [...]
By Tom Lisi | SpotlightPA.com You may have seen national reports that Allegheny County is taking the day off from counting 35,000 remaining mail ballots. Those reports are misleading. Because a mailing company sent 29,000 ballots to the wrong voters, Allegheny County cannot begin processing those votes until Friday after 5 p.m. That’s laid out [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Ilya Knidhnik, 38, has volunteered as a poll worker for almost two decades. “People use this expression ‘this is the most important election’ a little too much but this really is the defining election of my life,” said the West Philadelphia resident.   Knidhnik worked the polls all day Tuesday [...]
By Marie Albiges | SpotlightPA.com Officials in Pennsylvania agree it’s going to take a while to count all of the ballots cast in this election, and that means we won’t know the final results on Election Day. Despite mounting pressure from the state’s top election official, a handful of counties maintain they will not begin counting [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat   This year’s global health crisis has dramatically changed what voting will look like on Election Day. Despite the obstacles widespread social distancing measures have placed in the way, city officials are still urging voters to exercise their right to vote, in whatever form that may be. “Voting in Philadelphia [...]
    Day of Information 215-277-5450 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHILADELPHIA, PA: As the nation moves into flu season, The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium will begin offering free flu shots to help mitigate the morbidity and mortality associated with the coronavirus. Additionally, the group will continue to offer no-cost, barrier-free coronavirus and coronavirus antibody testing on [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Last week’s fatal, officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a  Black man from West Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood, has brought into focus a ballot question that would allow greater oversight of city police. The officers involved in the incident are being investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department’s investigative unit. Unlike [...]
WURD Radio and The Plug’s collaboration will provide greater visibility to the city’s Black and Brown founders in hopes of attracting more resources and opportunities. In Philadelphia, where Black people make up 43 percent of the population, recent studies have found that Black residents are still left out of business ownership and the city’s ongoing [...]
October 30, 2020             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Dee Patel dpatel@wurdradio.com  LIVE WURD Radio & WURD TV Special Broadcast On Election Night (PHILADELPHIA, PA​) – WURD Radio (96.1FM / 900AM / WURDRadio.com / WURDTV / WURDApp), is activating its special #WURDonPolitics election coverage starting Monday, November 2 at 10am ET, [...]
Philadelphia becomes the largest city in the United States to pass such a ban PHILADELPHIA—Today, City Council passed a ban on police use of “less lethal” munitions in response to demonstrations and other activity protected by the first amendment, introduced by Councilmember Helen Gym and cosponsored by every member of the Public Safety Committee. The [...]
Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer When I watched the video of Walter Wallace Jr., 27, being gunned down by two Philadelphia police officers on Monday, I was overcome by sadness and rage. Then a sense of calm certainty overtook those roiling emotions, because I was sure of one thing. This would not have happened [...]
 The Shark Tank style pitch competition is looking to innovation to address millennial physical and mental health. PHILADELPHIA (OCT 19, 2020) – On Oct. 26, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia (ELGP) and Independence Blue Cross (Independence) are joining forces to launch the Well City Challenge to take a deeper dive into millennials' physical and [...]
Associated Press | The Philadelphia Tribune Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street Monday afternoon after yelling at him to drop his knife. The shooting occurred before 4 p.m. as officers responded to a report of a person with a weapon, police spokesperson Tanya Little said. Officers were called to [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Roxanne Patel Shepelavy | Solutions Journalism In 2015, when Arne Duncan moved back to Chicago after serving as President Obama’s education secretary, he set out on a [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Article by By Emily Nonko - Images by Ameelio  | Solutions Journalism All incarcerated residents of Maine have the right to vote — it’s one of two [...]
WURD Radio and The Plug’s collaboration will provide greater visibility to the city’s Black and Brown founders in hopes of attracting more resources and opportunities [October 20, 2020] - Philadelphia, PA - WURD Radio, Pennsylvania’s only independent Black-owned talk radio station, and The Plug a leading online media platform for Black tech innovation, and have [...]
WURD Radio is a proud partner with Sullivan Progress Plaza in presenting the celebration of Rev Dr. Leon H. Sullivan, taking place on air and online Friday, October 16th from 12pm to 2pm. In this video, Rev. Sullivan delivers his farewell speech to his Zion Baptist congregation, recapping 4 virtues that should be followed, to [...]
Solomon Jones | SolomonJones.com This week 13 men were arrested on federal or state charges for plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Fortunately for Gov. Whitmer and the rest of us, these guys weren’t necessarily professional in their approach. They got caught because they shared their crazy ideas on social media. Then they started [...]
WURD Radio welcomes the return of veteran host, Nick Taliaferro in drive time 4-7pm Monday through Thursday. Taliaferro has been a teacher, counselor, writer, musician, minister, government administrator, philosopher and a swimsuit model (although the last position was only for one day, at the School for the Blind). "The show will feature a heavy parade [...]
WURD Radio welcomes media and broadcast veteran Dee Patel as its new Director of Programming and News. Patel has served in the Philadelphia broadcast region for 20 years. She was the news director of KYW Newsradio for over a decade where she also held a variety of positions at KYW Newsradio, including Executive Producer of [...]
Solomon Jones | SolomonJones.com Last week ended with the news that President Trump and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19, and this week, things got even crazier. We learned that Trump’s oxygen levels dropped more than once. We learned that he was transported to Walter Reed military hospital. We learned that he was being treated with [...]
Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com Hours before a presidential debate that erased the boundaries of political decorum, I spoke to Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. I asked her about the concerns of Black Philadelphians—a community that could very well decide the election. In the state’s most populous city, where African Americans make up nearly [...]
Details: WURD Radio will host a special series, Conversation On Violence, to address and explore solutions to violence in Philadelphia. Hosted by Brother Shomari, Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, September 28th-October 1st, the on air conversations present multidimensional perspectives with different themes each day. Conversation On Violence will dive deeper into cultural ways [...]
Solomon Jones | WHYY.org   Former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in the incident that killed Breonna Taylor. But no one, including Hankison, has been charged with killing her. That is not justice, and in my view, there should be no peace. Hankison faces up to five years [...]
The star-studded voting rights music video, “I Have a Right To Vote”  features “Hamilton” original cast member Christopher Jackson, tennis great Billie Jean King, entertainer Billy Porter, chef Carla Hall, Hill Harper, Ebony Jo-Ann, Ryan Jamaal Swain (from F/X Network’s POSE)  and others reciting the words of voting rights icons including John Lewis, Frederick Douglass [...]
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams talks voter suppression, the 2020 campaign, and why she supports Joe Biden on Wake Up With WURD with Solomon Jones.
Solomon Jones, host of Wake Up With WURD on WURD Radio, interviews Symone Sanders who is a seasoned political strategist and former CNN political commentator. Ms. Sanders currently serves as senior advisor for former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. She joins Wake Up With WURD to talk about her current role and also [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Priscilla Southwell | Solutions Journalism Oregon voters have long cast their ballots by mail in many types of elections, including for local, state and federal offices. They started doing [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Emily Nonko | Solutions Journalism This June, utility affordability expert Roger Colton released an 88-page report in partnership with the Guardian that analyzed a growing crisis in U.S. cities: [...]
Tune into WURD Radio on 900AM/96.1FM, wurdradio.com, WURD App, WURD TV via our website and Facebook Live on Friday, August 28th from 7-10pm. We are proud to be broadcasting and streaming the Black National Convention on all of our platforms! Check out Charles Ellison who will be our on air anchor for the program which [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Darrick Hamilton & Naomi Zewde | Solutions Journalism The protests in every city rallying against police killings and racialized violence directed at Black bodies are inseparable from [...]
Darryl C. Murphy | WHYY.org Omar Tate tells stories through food. With his pop-up food event Honeysuckle, the 34-year-old chef applies his skills in painting, sculpture, and the written word to bring the Black experience, with a Philly influence, to the palate of diners. For example, in one dish, Tate uses turkey necks coated in [...]
In June, Sara Lomax-Reese told attendees as a keynote speaker of the annual Institute for Nonprofit News conference something that many people intuitively know, but don’t often crystalize into action: “Black media—and my expertise is in Black media—is an endangered species. If there's not a wholesale investment in reviving and supporting and providing resources to Black-owned media, [...]
WHYY Contributor | WHYY.org   [audio src="https://whyy-od.streamguys1.com/thewhy/20200728THEWHY.mp3" /]   When recent Masterman High School grad Kayla Gibson first saw her white classmates posting about the death of George Floyd on Instagram, she felt supported. “But then, I kind of began to think about it and I’m realizing that all these people all of a sudden [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Mikhael Simmonds & Sara Lomax-Reese | Solutions Journalism Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO of Philadelphia’s Black talk-radio station, on why to move forward we must first go [...]
Press Release | CoveringClimateNow.Org The Guardian, VICE Media Group, NBC News, NowThis, and Covering Climate Now announce “First-Time Voter Youth Takeover Day” to launch week of Climate Politics 2020 coverage. To kick off Covering Climate Now’s week of US elections coverage September 21 to 28, some of the world’s leading news organizations will share their [...]
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 [...]
Articles #WURDOnPolitics2020NewsPolitics & Government Here’s why Philadelphia’s 9th Ward has the highest voter turnout in the city #WURDOnPolitics2020NewsPolitics & Government Why These Two Wards Had Philadelphia’s Lowest Voter Turnout #WURDOnPolitics2020NewsPolitics & Government Why race-specific voter turnout data is a challenge to collect #WURDOnPolitics2020NewsPolitics & Government ‘The first but not the last’: State Representative Joanna McClinton [...]
July 13th through August 20th 1:00pm to 2:30pm The Summer of Freedom Neighborhood Love Tour virtual broadcast series will kick off on Monday, July 13th with host, Dr. Aaron Smith. Each broadcast will shine a light on one of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, with a focus on neighborhood history, Philadelphia’s freedom fighters, and community resources that are [...]
By Christopher Norris | WHYY Isaiah Thomas (Philadelphia City Councilmember), George Ciccariello-Maher (Professor, Drexel University) and Larry Krasner (District Attorney of Philadelphia) join Community Engagement Editor Christopher Norris to discuss defunding the police & the future of public safety. ___ Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris is an award-winning journalist, radio personality and professional drummer currently [...]

WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison addressing systemic racism and injustice in Central Pennsylvania and beyond continues Thursday, July 2 at 7:00pm. Join us as we examine Black Trauma & Mental Health. Repeated incidents of micro-aggression, workplace discrimination, racial profiling and police brutality have taken a toll on Black Americans. What […]

Want to get more young protesters casting a vote? WURD's midday hose urges that we start by taking them seriously In a moment like this, everyone is trying to figure out exactly “what do we do with the kids?” There’s no doubt around the fact that it is, indeed, young people who are the primary [...]
By Christopher Norris | WHYY Byran Mercer (Executive Director, Movement Alliance), Kris Henderson (Executive Director, Amistad Law Project), Michael Coard (Criminal Defense attorney/Activist), and Andrea Lawful-Sanders (Radio personality, Implicit bias trainer) join WHYY's Community Engagement Editor Christopher Norris to discuss defunding the police & the future of public safety. ___ Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris [...]
Both sons were 10 in 2014. Now, they share their perspective as teens. By Ashley Louszko, Meagan Redman and Allie Yang | ABC News For Solomon Jones Jr., a Black father, difficult conversations with his son aren’t optional. They’re essential. “The talk,” a discussion Black parents have had with their children for generations, is now rooted [...]
By Christopher Norris | WHYY Mark Tyler (Pastor, Mother Bethel A.M.E Church), Keir Bradford Grey (Chief Public Defender, Defenders Association of Philadelphia), Hans Menos (Executive Director, Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission), and Erika Almiron (Activist/Former Executive Director, Juntos) join Community Engagement Editor Christopher Norris to discuss defunding the police & the future of public safety. ___ [...]
Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery, is a City holiday for the first time today—but Black Americans’ fight for freedom is long and enduring Justice delayed is justice denied; or so they say. Juneteenth, a day that should soon be a national holiday, commemorates the unofficial but actual end of slavery in these United States. [...]
By Christopher Norris | WHYY The Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has set off protest around the globe, with a common refrain emerging from the assembly: defund or disband the police. How do you reduce funding for police, and change their role in communities, [...]
WHYY Special Police, Reimagined: The Future of Public Safety is a four-part community conversation series that attempts the answer the question: Can you reduce funding for police, and limit their role in communities, while ensuring public safety for all communities? Airing in a 3 part series starting Wednesday, June 17th at 7:30pm EST, WHYY would [...]
In June of 2020 WURD Radio will present a Celebration of Black Women In Music and Literature. The month-long celebration will run throughout June and will highlight Black women musicians, authors, and their work which is often at the center of cultural preservation and movement building. The series will highlight the work of Maya Angelou, [...]
https://youtu.be/7pECWTl0mis WURD President Sara Lomax-Reese continues her conversations with Black healers and spiritual teachers. This week she sat down with Dr. Beverly Toporowski, a physician, energy healer and Awakening Mind Minister. Dr. Toporowski shared her thoughts on Covid-19, the protests and the spiritual dimensions of this moment. 
Three years ago, Mayor Kenney “reestablished” the department’s civilian oversight board. So, WURD’s afternoon host wonders, what’s so different this time? Every big city mayor, hand forced in the moment, has to act big. In Philadelphia, that act is Groundhog Day. Pushed publicly to do something dramatic—in the wake of George Floyd, Philly police violence and [...]
By Kathy Y. Times For Black Women Unmuted  Finally, America is feeling what I’m feeling — fired up and fed up — over the deadly consequences of racism. Nationwide calls for justice triggered memories of two life-changing experiences for me: witnessing the 1980 Miami riots sparked by the acquittal of white police officers who killed [...]
Polling shows Joe Biden leading Trump as protests continue. By Li Zhou | Vox.com President Donald Trump is betting that his support for law enforcement is going to help him this November. “I am your president of law and order,” Trump said last week in his first formal address on the subject of protests against [...]
https://youtu.be/is2gz3y9uOA A Conversation on "Healing Rage" Between WURD President, Sara Lomax-Reese, and Ruth King, Author of  "Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible" and "Mindful of Race: Transforming Race from the Inside Out"
By Sara Lomax-Reese Photos By Langston Reese “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” James Baldwin My son was tear gassed on Monday. On 676. In the so-called “City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” He sent me a scrambled [...]
WURD President/CEO Sara Lomax-Reese speaks with the BBC about reactions to the protests against police violence in Philadelphia in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. WURD Radio · WURD's Sara Lomax-Reese Speaks With BBC
By Sara Lomax-Reese Original Publication Date 2015 | Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes edited by George Yancy This essay was written in the aftermath of the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice. It is a reflection of what it is to be the mother of Black [...]
WURD Radio is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on economic mobility. Read more at brokeinphilly.org or follow at @brokeinphilly. By Nicole Blackson Black women are the fastest, largest growing group of entrepreneurs. Not only are Black women dominating entrepreneurship, but according to the 2018 State of Women Owned Business Report, in [...]
WURD Radio is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on economic mobility. Read more at brokeinphilly.org or follow at @brokeinphilly. By Michael Butler I am a freelance journalist and content creator, and I find that every day is a different adventure. Some days may be more exciting than others, but my work [...]
WURD Radio is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on economic mobility. Read more at brokeinphilly.org or follow at @brokeinphilly. By Sincerely Syreeta In the spring semester of 2010, I was a 21-year-old woman attending Temple University full-time, working part-time and raising two daughters under the age of 6. It was one [...]
Ryan Briggs | WHYY.org Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has come under fire for failing to support more Black-led organizations in the battle against the coronavirus. One such group, the all-volunteer Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, which garnered national attention for operating mobile testing sites in underserved communities, held a press event at Salem Baptist Church on Thursday to draw [...]
  In Philly, the poorest big city in the country, low-income communities of color were already faced with unequal access to healthcare, a broken social safety net, and one of the highest eviction rates in the country long before COVID-19 hit. As the pandemic has progressed, rampant inequality, the digital divide, and the affordable housing [...]
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, [...]
Annette John-Hall | WHYY.org The 35th anniversary of the MOVE bombing, which killed 11 members of the radical Black liberation group, has prompted some current and former leaders to call on the city of Philadelphia to formally apologize. That includes Wilson Goode Sr., who was mayor at the time and has apologized four times for the role he played. What [...]
OPINION: We must honor them with clear political action versus the impatience of a microwave movement As outrage, fear and angst bubble up in Georgia and, now, Kentucky over the grisly murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, one question fails to appear in the broader dialogue: How will these tragedies impact the 2020 elections? We can’t do [...]
Author: Kai Davis When I tell people I’m a poet for a living I’m often met with surprise. I get a lot of, “How do you make that work?” and “I didn’t know there were people that did that full time.” The truth is, I get it. There aren’t a lot of stable working writers [...]
Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required was motivated by the themes from the Apollo and Opera Philadelphia’s October 2017 opera, We Shall Not Be Moved. This community conversation featured an excerpt of the award-winning documentary Let the Fire Burn, which covered one of the most tumultuous (and largely forgotten) clashes between government and citizens in modern American history. There [...]
Philadelphia’s Black Talk radio station devoted an entire day to environmental issues that directly impact Black communities. (PHILADELPHIA, PA) – WURD Radio (96.1FM / 900AM / WURDRadio.com / WURDApp), the only African American-owned talk radio station in Pennsylvania, recently convened its first ecoWURD “Earth Day” Summit, a full day of complete environmental justice-focused programming on-air, [...]
It’s nearly 50 days into the pandemic and thousands of school kids still aren’t able to access online learning. WURD’s midday host wonders, why can’t we be more like Detroit? It’s unclear what led to the fantastically moronic idea this week to herd disconnected Philadelphia public school students into WiFi-accessible parking lots. What we are [...]
By Melissa Clarke, MD Just two months ago, at the height of Black History Month, the COVID-19 epidemic seemed a world away from the hearts and minds of black Americans. The general thought was: “Black people don’t get the Rona.” Idris Elba hadn't come down with it yet, and neither had Ellis Marsalis. In President [...]
OPINION: Charles Ellison writes that calls to 'Reopen America Now' speak to the country's continued disregard for Black bodies Are you Black, possibly COVID-infected (since testing kits aren’t available for you), either bed-ridden at home because the hospital turned you away or in a hospital dying alone? Were you one of more than 20 million [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Emma Coleman | ROUTE FIFTY As checks and direct deposits from the federal stimulus package begin arriving in mailboxes and bank accounts, experts are warning the one [...]
The City, like the country, was unprepared for Covid-19, WURD’s midday host contends. How do we do better now? At the time of publication, Pennsylvania has made its way into the top five states with the most coronavirus cases (just below Michigan) and it’s still in the top ten with the most Covid-19-related deaths. For [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Amadou Diallo | THE HECHINGER REPORT This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Jenn Ladd | THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER A line of dutifully distanced Philadelphians wrapped around the 1700 block of South Broad Street on a recent Thursday morning. [...]

This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Anna Maria Barry-Jester | KAISER HEALTH NEWS Last month, facing the prospect of overwhelmed hospitals and unchecked spread of the novel coronavirus, seven Bay Area county and […]

 This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Emma Coleman | ROUTE FIFTY While most Americans try their best to stay six feet apart from one another when out at the grocery store or pharmacy during […]

On Thursday, April 9th, REVOLT and music mogul and producer Diddy hosted to offer perspective and advice on how to respond to COVID-19's impact on the Black community. Speakers included Angela Rye, Big Sean, Reverend Al Sharpton, Fat Joe, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Killer Mike, Charles Blow, Van Jones and more. [...]

WURD Radio will receive $170,000 from the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, a joint venture of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Knight Foundation. The funding is part of the $2.5 million Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund, announced jointly by Independence Public Media Foundation and the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund. A broad-based, collaborative […]

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA JAMES F. KENNEY Office of the Mayor 215 City Hall Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 686-2181 FAX (215) 686-2180   Fellow Philadelphians: Every year since 2016 I’ve been thrilled to take part in Philly Free Streets as thousands of residents from every neighborhood came out to walk, bike, roll, and play after we [...]

The Racial Equity in Journalism (REJ) Fund at Borealis Philanthropy has awarded $2.3 million in grants to 16 news organizations serving communities of color across the country. “The COVID-19 global pandemic and the sometimes overwhelming stream of information makes clear the need for trusted news sources that prioritize the needs of underserved communities, who will […]

This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Larry Platt | THE PHILADELPHIA CITIZEN Earlier this week, the city announced that applications to Philadelphia’s new Covid-19 Small Business Relief Fund would only be accepted in […]

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 […]

This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. By Lisa Gartner | THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER It started with a cough, mild but dry. The body aches and chills came two days later, when Aditi Joshi’s fever […]

WURD’s midday host warns that coronavirus-inspired primary delays could lead to voter suppression and a win for Trump in November—unless we take action now As coronavirus infections rise and more than a quarter of the national population is in some form of “stay-at-home” lockdown, state governments are operating in a perpetually frantic state of emergency. […]

For immediate release: March 24, 2020 Published by: Office of Domestic Violence Strategies, Board of Health, Managing Director’s Office, Department of Public Health, Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Office of the Mayor, Office of Emergency Management | Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications press@phila.gov  Mayor Kenney today voiced dismay at federal inaction on aid to cities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and criticized the President’s […]

Just a few months ago no one had ever heard of the Coronavirus or COVID-19. The concept of “social distancing” was unknown. And the idea that whole U.S. cities and foreign countries would be under quarantine was unthinkable. But here we are. March 2020. And we are living in a brave new world. Coronavirus has […]

Set to be released on March 18, 2020 on HULU, “Little Fires Everywhere” is based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, which follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious […]

WURD’s midday host praises the boldness of City Council’s poverty proposal, with caveats Philadelphia’s poverty rate is much like a “test tube baby”—borrowing from a rather crude but legendary phrase from the late comedian Robin Harris. We know it’s there. We know it’s very high. But we continue to marvel, study and poke at it […]

The Octavius Catto Scholarship aims to increase college degree completion for thousands of local, full-time students Tuesday, March 5th, 2020 –  WURD Host, Andrea Lawful Sanders will interview Mayor Jim Kenney following the announcement. Tune into 96.1FM/900AM and wurdradio.com at 1:00pm. PHILADELPHIA — During his annual budget address to Philadelphia City Council, Mayor Kenney unveiled a new […]

There are a lot of things many native Philadelphians, because of their rabid sports team loyalties, won’t tolerate seeing in their city. From people wearing Dallas Cowboys and Washington “Deadskins” jerseys, or maybe flaunting Boston Celtics gear, there are a number of unofficial refractions that will get you at best a Philly side-eye or, at […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2020 Contact: Charles Ellison | cellison@wurdradio.com | 301.526.2239   LINCOLN PARK STRATEGIES TEAMS UP WITH WURD  TO RELEASE NATIONAL BLACK VOTER POLL Philadelphia-based Black-owned Talk Media Station Partners With D.C.-based pollster to Present Nationwide Survey of 1,000 African American Adults (PHILADELPHIA, PA) – WURD Radio (96.1FM / 900AM / WURDRadio.com […]

In the lead-up to Women’s History Month, WURD president and CEO Sara Lomax-Reese sat down for an exclusive interview with Katherine Johnson, the main character portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures.”

The first participants to kick off Poynter’s programming in 2020 were an impressive bunch: the Fellows of the Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) Program: A Poynter Institute Executive Fellowship. These C-suite executives hailed from a blend of some of the world’s most prominent brands, including the Associated Press, the BBC, CNN, ESPN, Google News and NPR […]

https://soundcloud.com/onwurd/sara-lomax-reese-interviews-tuere-sala WURD Radio’s President & CEO, Sara Lomax-Reese interviews Tuere Sala, a seasoned meditation teacher and leader in the insight meditation movement. Sala will be in Philadelphia this weekend (Feb. 1st & Feb. 2nd) leading a retreat specifically for People of Color. She will explore how we can cultivate emotional states that will heal rather [...]

… as the slogan says, life comes at you fast. But for Black men, it hits us faster and with impeccably brutal precision. Few moments in recent memory will pose as much public metaphysical discourse on the state of Black men in America as the untimely death of Kobe Bryant. And yet, there it was, […]

As it might seem that with each passing month, nowadays, there is some random Philadelphia public school building forced to close from the sudden appearance of toxins like lead, asbestos or an unknown mold. We don’t know how many more will close given the 70 year average age of a public school building. We also […]

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) – WURD Radio welcomes media and broadcast veteran Paul O. Robertson as its new Director of Sales. The station, which is Pennsylvania’s only independent Black-owned talk radio station, and one of only a few remaining in the country, looks to expand its business and media partnerships in 2020.  Robertson, who is new to […]

The City installed speed cameras along a deadly stretch of Roosevelt Boulevard this week. Is it Black and Brown Philadelphians, WURD’s afternoon host wonders, who will pay for them? The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s decision to test speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard is in many ways a sensible thing to do. After all, the notoriously deadly […]

In the city of Philadelphia, young Black entrepreneurs often take leaps into entrepreneurship and struggle to achieve their dreams while battling a culture of poverty. In Trial By Fire, the short documentary produced by WURD Radio in partnership with the Poverty News Network and MSN, two entrepreneurs share their stories. Looking towards a solution, WURD’s […]

Arguably the biggest difference between the 2016 presidential election and now in 2020 — minus impeachment and general angst over the current Tweetalomaniac residing in the White House — is that candidates are finally having a national conversation on K–12 education. The Democratic party went so far as to dedicate a forum to it (one Saturday night when […]

Some might say Philadelphia feted its new City Council, re-elected mayor and other political luminaries in proper Broad Street-style at the Met on Monday. Some might say they could have done away with all the pomp and just carried out the ceremony at City Hall. But, one thing most seem to agree on is that […]

Not that she had much Black voter support while in it, but others did make gains once she left Since no one else is going to look at it, we’ll do it. Two of the latest major 2020 Democratic nomination polls offer us a glimpse in to sudden shifts in the primary landscape after the […]

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 […]

The Philadelphia Citizen’s Ideas We Should Steal Festival™ is an annual full-day convening that brings the most innovative urban thinkers and global thought leaders together to share and discuss bold ideas that can transform our city. This year’s Festival features bold-faced names like HBO’s John Oliver, New York Attorney General Letitia James, Dayton Mayor Nan […]

(EDITOR’S NOTE: On Dec. 3, Sen. Kamala Harris of California announced that she was suspending her bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. This story, which chronicled a late November push by black women to build support for Harris in Iowa and South Carolina, has been updated to include Harris announcement and otherwise reflect […]

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 […]

Philly Thrive activists, filling up seats in yellow shirts along the red velvet carpeting of Philadelphia City Council’s main chamber Thursday, felt a bit cheated. What had originally started out as a much more strongly worded resolution on the future of the shuttered Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery site—authored by outgoing Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown—ended up […]

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 […]

By KELLY MACIAS Senior Editor, Black Women Unmuted Anoa Changa is trying desperately to kick off a frank conversation among Democrats about the electability of their current frontrunner for president, former Vice President Joe Biden. Changa, an Atlanta-based political analyst and attorney, argues frequently on social media that if Democrats select Biden to go up […]

Wake Up With WURD host Solomon Jones spearheaded efforts to hold police accountable for racist Facebook posts after disturbing findings released in the Plain View Project. Over 300 police officers were investigated and over a dozen officers were fired. Jones and other leaders in the city formed the Rally for Justice Coalition and they have been persistent […]

October 22, 2019         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: YaYa Horne yhorne@wurdradio.com  WURD Radio’s “ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit” featured an array of ideas, cultural expressions, and solutions to better the environment        (PHILADELPHIA, PA​) – On Sunday, October 20, 2019, WURD Radio held its first ever ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit in partnership with Bartram’s Garden. Amidst the […]

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 — […]

By Nicki Mayo  Black Women Unmuted  From reproductive rights for women of color to a “say her name” moment for Atatiana Jefferson, the latest Democratic debate gave Black women plenty to consider as we weigh who to support in the bid to unseat President Donald Trump. A dozen Democrats vying to go up against Trump […]

Pamela Grayson-Baltimore is the Founder and CEO of I Dare to Care Association (ID2C) which is a mentor program for young girls and she is also a breast cancer survivor. She joins Wake Up With WURD to share her story, talk about the importance of regular screenings to check for breast cancer, and how her [...]

Once harassed for golfing while Black, Ojo is now the first Black mayor of Hanover, Pennsylvania.  But can she get re-elected? Editor’s Note: In April 2018, five black women were asked to leave a golf club near the majority-white borough of Hanover, Pa. The problem? They were accused of playing too slowly.  Words got exchanged, […]

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 [...]

I was at home when my wife told me that Amber Guyger, a white former Dallas police officer, was found of guilty of murder for killing a black man named Botham Jean while Jean was at home in his apartment. “Good,” I said flatly. But that single word doesn’t capture the relief that comes with […]

By David A. Love Climate change and environmental issues are impacting the Black community in a disproportionate fashion, a reality which gave birth to the environmental justice movement. Despite the increased importance of environmental issues in Black America — with a heightened level of consciousness on climate issues and African Americans taking a central role in that […]

In this week’s episode of WURD Show on the Go, Dr. Aaron Smith visits New Covenant Church for the Poor People’s Campaign Hearings. The goal of the hearings are to lift up the voices of poor and dispossessed directly-impacted people, and the faith leaders who are on the side of the poor, to demand that […]

Young Black Women Want Atlanta’s Keisha Lance Bottoms to Bring More Than Her Black Womanhood To City Hall ~~~  EDITOR’S NOTE: According to the Center for American Women & Politics, seven of the United States’ largest 100 cities are run by Black women mayors. Two of these cities are state ​capitals​, one is the nation’s […]

Charles Ellison, host of ecoWURD radio on WURD’s Reality Check, presents the ecoWURD Food Lab.  In this installment, experts discuss the widespread and very localized impacts of climate change and crisis on food insecurity.  ecoWURD Food Lab is a weekly exercise on Reality Check, in partnership with Resolve Philadelphia and Broke in Philly (a project of Resolve), to spotlight food insecurity and how […]

In August 1619, English pirates landed at Point Comfort, Virginia with more than 20 Africans they’d taken captive from a Portuguese slave ship. The pirates traded the Africans for food, and thus began the African slave trade in what would later become the United States.  So 400 years of discomfort began at Point Comfort. Four […]

In a shocking turn of events, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigned Wednesday, just days after Mayor Kenney called him the best police commissioner in America. I’m saddened by it, because I respect him. There were certainly times when I had to speak, write and protest against systemic racism in the police department. In doing […]

I remember the scene vividly. Eric Garner, surrounded by police officers on a Staten Island street corner, with then-Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s arms locked firmly around Garner’s neck. “I can’t breathe,” Garner said 11 times in a videotaped tragedy viewed by millions. At the end of it, Garner lay motionless on the ground, and the breath […]

The shootout with city police yesterday was in a struggling stretch of North Philly that has too often seen violence. WURD’s afternoon host wonders if now the neighborhood will get some help As worried Philadelphians and the world were gripped by images of a fierce, 8-hour standoff of gun battles and crouching police, many Philadelphians […]

by Sincerely Syreeta Host of The Lounge on WURD RADIO The 4 part series aired nightly on The Lounge from July 29-August 1st “Hearing a mom’s cry, a dad screaming, ‘not my son,’ or a little [child] crying, ‘I want my brother.’ These are sounds we hear when we go home. They never leave you. […]

WURD Radio is committed to using our platform to discuss the outbreak of violence happening in our communities and will dedicate this week to exploring solutions. Our hosts have listened to the community and to callers to come up with the following list of solutions to explore. We will continue to discuss these issues and [...]
On Sunday, July 25th, Wake Up With WURD host Solomon Jones and the Rally for Justice Coalition organized a town hall meeting at Mother Bethel AME Church. The event was a follow up to the firing of 13 Philadelphia Police Officers who posted racist comments on Facebook. The initial discovery was made through the Plain [...]
Climate change, the environment, pollution, air and water are all ‘hot’ topics. Environmentalists are exploring new ways to save our planet and agencies are putting a lot of time and money into discovering solutions to what could be one of the most detrimental problems of our future.    For a little over a year, ecoWURD, [...]
Thanks to everyone who joined us at both of our events last Friday -- The 4th Annual Big Game Hoagie Making Contest (shoutout to the winners: 12th Street Police Precinct) Click Here to View Pictures
WURD Radio, Pennsylvania's only African-American talk radio station, in partnership with the Barnes Foundation, held a powerful discussion that will examine the mental, physical and spiritual impact of gentrification - and strategies to survive it. Panelists Included: Tommy Joshua Caison, Executive Director for North Philly Peace Park Anne Fadullon, Director of Planning & Development City of Philadelphia [...]

The mothers of Tamir Rice, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland (Samaria Rice, Valerie Bell, Geneva Reed-Veal, and Gwen Carr), join Brother Shomari to talk about violence in our community, where they are in the fight for justice for their children, and to talk about the movie Jason’s Letter. Jason’s Letter, written by Terrance […]

CBCF will host a ceremonial swearing-in for current and newly-elected Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members of the 116th Congress. Fifty-five (55) members will take the oath of office – the largest in the CBC’s history.  The event honors the legacy of the CBC and marks the installation of its new and re-elected members. The ceremonial swearing-in […]

The winds of change blew briskly – and profoundly – through WURD in 2018. In case you missed it, this was a year marked by morning show shifts, the introduction of the all-women lineup – The Source (10am-1pm) — and the growth of our millennial focused show, The Lounge.. Yes: we got off to a […]

Kwanzaa has seven core principles, or Nguzo Saba: DAY 1 – UMOJA DAY 2 – KUJICHAGULIA DAY 3 – UJIMA DAY 4 – UJAMAA DAY 5- NIA   DAY 6-KUUMBA DAY 7- IMANI

Dear WURD Family: Thank you for coming out — in force – last Saturday for the 2nd Annual WURD Empowerment Experience! You showed up and showed out. And we deeply appreciate it. Your presence is the fuel that powers our work.   If you were there, I think you would agree that we lived up to […]

As we officially celebrate our 15-year anniversary, I have been reflecting on WURD’s evolution and our journey forward. As the only African American talk radio station in Pennsylvania – and one of the few remaining in the country – WURD is carrying on a unique and powerful legacy of conscious Black radio. We are part […]

  In 1996, hip-hop trio De La Soul released their third studio album, “The Stakes Is High.” Fans weren’t sure whether to embrace the album because it marked such a dramatic departure from the lighthearted lyrics of their previous body of work. But a good artist is always committed to evolving. The group prided itself […]

As we officially celebrate our 15-year anniversary, I have been reflecting on WURD’s evolution and our journey forward. As the only African American talk radio station in Pennsylvania – and one of the few remaining in the country – WURD is carrying on a unique and powerful legacy of conscious Black radio. We are part […]

If there’s anything the past two years should have taught us is that the American public should be a bit more imaginative when it comes to its politics. These days, anything goes. Anything is possible in an election and in battles over Supreme Court nominees, too. We should have long ago thrown out the conventional […]

With the most crucial set of Congressional midterm, state legislative and gubernatorial elections in modern American political history happening in 49 days, it is still unclear to many observers how mobilized an equally crucial Black vote will be when November 6th arrives. The mood in what is a very noisy Black cultural moment, further lit […]

What Philadelphia Lost When it Lost Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr. 10 things you didn’t know about one of our city’s great men. On this past Thursday at 8:30 a.m., 81-year-old Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr. passed away. “So what?” you ask. “What’s the big deal?” you ask. “Don’t old men die every day?” you […]

The mothers of Tamir Rice, Sean Bell, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland (Samaria Rice, Valerie Bell, Geneva Reed-Veal, and Gwen Carr), join Brother Shomari to talk about violence in our community, where they are in the fight for justice for their children, and to talk about the movie Jason’s Letter. Jason’s Letter, written by Terrance […]

For Michael Cogbill, getting engaged in the electoral process is the best way an individual can help to eliminate community violence. Cogbill, a resident of the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, was one of many that attended WURD’s Transmit Transform event held at Bartram’s Garden highlighting the documentary “Quest” about life in North Philadelphia. “I […]

Contact: Kwasa Mathis 1341 N. Delaware Avenue, Suite 300 Philadelphia, PA 19125 215.425.7875 ext 121 kmathis@wurdradio.com   #WURDWELLNESS PAVILION AT 11th ANNUAL PARKWEST FESTIVAL Black Talk Station Presents Health Conscious Information & Activities in West Philly   (PHILADELPHIA, PA) – Today, WURD Radio (96.1FM / 900AM / WURDRadio.com / WURDApp), the only African American owned […]

Contact: Kwasa Mathis 1341 N. Delaware Avenue, Suite 300 Philadelphia, PA 19125 215.425.7875 ext 121 kmathis@wurdradio.com http://wurdradio.com   #BEINGWHILEBLACK: WURD HOSTS FIRST LIVE RADIO BROADCASTED FORUM ON RACE, RACIAL TRAUMA and HEALING       First Big Philly-based Community Event Since Starbucks Incident to Examine Routine Racism Faced by Black America (PHILADELPHIA, PA) – Today, WURD Radio […]

Another Democratic primary in Philadelphia, another year where voter turnout was pitifully below even the lowest standard set by the city officials who oversee our elections. Races from local to state to federal were crowded and contentious this year, especially in Pennsylvania’s post-gerrymandered era. New Congressional districts offered new plot twists. Nowhere was the political […]

Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer sat down with the Wake Up With WURD morning team to address the controversial arrests at the Starbucks location at 18th and Spruce Street in Philadelphia, PA.

Honoring one of Philadelphia’s own creative giants – James Mtume – on the celebration of his TVOne UNSUNG special and so much more!

Wake Up With WURD, hosted by Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris Audit gun owners quarterly and create a registry. “You have to renew your firearms license. When it’s time for it be renewed, you should have to prove you actually are in possession of the guns.”  – Terrez McCleary, Co-Founder of Moms Bonded by Grief […]

W.E.B. DuBois once famously framed the duality of being Black and American as a “two-ness” or “double consciousness.” “An American, a Negro,” he wrote, “two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.” Building on Dr. DuBois’s brilliant analysis, as […]

Before you make your way to theaters for the historic opening weekend of Disney/Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER, it is worth it to refamiliarize yourself with the voices, works and vision of some of the film’s leading characters.

No spoiler alerts necessary. I am merely here to sing praises and offer a Wakanda-style crossed arm salute to Ryan Coogler and any member of the Disney team who had the good sense to hire him to direct this stupendous Black superhero tale. Full disclosure: I am a lifelong, unabashed animated film nut. This means, […]

Created in celebration of WURD’s 15th anniversary and W.E.B. Du Bois’ 150th birthday, the program explores The Philadelphia Negro, a sociological study written in 1899 by Du Bois and commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania. A panel led by scholar Anthony Monteiro will look at Du Bois’ findings then and discuss where Philadelphia as a […]

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS: On average, 10.2% of Black voters nationally approve of President Trump (a 0.9 point increase or 9.7% rise since the 1.25.18 NBVA) President Trump’s favorability rating among Black voters is, on average, 9% (a 1 point increase or 12.5% rise since the 1.25.18 NBVA) On average, 70% of Black voters would vote […]

Meet Mehereta Baruch-Ron, the first Ethiopian-born Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Shavonne Robbins & John Pace, who were both sentenced to life as juveniles, share their story of how they ended up incarcerated and offer solutions to violence on Wake Up With WURD.

That’s actually been a daunting question through a blend of several decades of white Irish and Italian descended Congressmen ruling the Philadelphia political machine despite the heavy residential composition of diverse, primarily Black voters. It’s been barely tolerated for as long as anyone growing up there can remember, even as its shape — through dramatic, questionable redesign — has […]

Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia http://avpphila.org/contact-us/ 2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 204 Philadelphia, PA 19150 Phone: 215-567-6776 Fax: 215-567-6775   Center City Crime Victim Services http://www.cccvs.org/contact 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320 Philadelphia, PA 19107 Phone: 215-665-9680 Email: info@cccvs.org   The Charles Foundation https://www.thecharlesfoundation.com/ 605 N. 52nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19139   Cradle2Grave https://www.cradletograveprogram.com/content/about_cradle2grave.htm Temple University Hospital 3401 […]

The Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General will no longer be investigating the fatal police shooting of David Jones. 1.23.18: Philadelphia – (Politics): Ms. Tiffanie Luke recalls seeing at least three missed calls on her phone Tuesday afternoon from the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. For months, Ms. Luke has called that office seeking […]

Mr. Terrance “TA” Williams of Philadelphia’s Youth Arts Self-Empowerment Project was fatally shot in mid-December.

WURD Radio is amplifying points of view in a new solutions journalism campaign that solicits and publishes responses to violence and in order to do this, we want to hear from YOU! Visit WURD Radio on our social media pages or just add your comment to the above question, directly on this page! RESPONSES Mick […]