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Coronavirus forced me to slow down and spend more time with my family — and I’m grateful

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 […]

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REALITY CHECK: WE MUST SAVE THE ELECTION

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. […]

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Mayor Calls White House Approach to Pandemic “Short Sighted” and “Unacceptable”

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 […]

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A LETTER FROM WURD RADIO’S PRESIDENT & CEO, SARA LOMAX-REESE

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 […]

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YOU’RE INVITED TO: LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE!

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 […]

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REALITY CHECK: “BASIC INCOME” TO THE RESCUE?

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 […]

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Mayor Kenney’s Proposal to Make Community College of Philadelphia Tuition-Free

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 […]

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WHAT IS A LARGE CONFEDERATE FLAG DISPLAY DOING IN A PHILLY NEIGHBORHOOD?

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 […]

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LINCOLN PARK STRATEGIES TEAMS UP WITH WURD TO RELEASE NATIONAL BLACK VOTER POLL

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 […]

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WURD Radio Honors the Life and Legacy of Katherine Johnson

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."

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More than 50 senior media executives convened at Poynter as part of the prestigious Media Transformation Challenge Program

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 […]

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I Was In A Barbershop When I Heard About Kobe Bryant’s Passing And It Made Me Process His Death Differently

… 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, […]

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FIXING PHILLY’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS: THE MONEY IS THERE IF YOU LOOK FOR IT

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 […]

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WURD RADIO WELCOMES MEDIA & BROADCAST VETERAN PAUL O. ROBERTSON AS DIRECTOR OF SALES

(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 […]

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REALITY CHECK: NOT ALL SPEED CAMERAS ARE CREATED EQUAL

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 […]

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Lively-HOOD: Trial By Fire

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 […]

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2020 Candidates Are Finally Talking About Education, But Not In The Way Black Voters Need

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 […]

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DOES CITY HALL HAVE AN ACTUAL PLAN?

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 […]

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Post-Kamala, Drastic Shifts In Black Voter Mood

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 […]

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Promoting police officer accused of misconduct is a bad look for Philly

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 […]

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The Philadelphia Citizen: Ideas We Should Steal Festival on 12.10.19

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 […]

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KAMALA’S BLACK GIRL ZEITGEIST

(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 […]

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Black men in Philadelphia can reduce gun violence, if we work together

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 […]

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REALITY CHECK: WALKING THE TALK ON CLEAN ENERGY

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 […]

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MEDIA ADVISORY – #ManUPPHL

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 […]

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Why would some Black audiences boycott the new Harriet Tubman movie?

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 […]

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Black women energized for Democrats, in wait-and-see mode about frontrunner

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 […]

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Philly Tribune highlights Meek Mill, Solomon Jones, Malcolm Jenkins, among those calling for police transparency

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 […]

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Post ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit Press Release

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 […]

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Philly child shootings show we can’t wait for government to reduce violence

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 — […]

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Democratic debate takeaways for Black women: Impeachment, reproductive rights & #BlackLivesMatter

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 […]

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MADAME MAYOR: Myneca Ojo’s Journey From Hitting the Links to Running the Town

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, […]

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Justice is served: Botham Jean’s killer, ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger, faces up to 99 years in prison

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 […]

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“IS THE BLACK PRESS REPORTING ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES?”

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 […]

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#WURDShowontheGo: Poor People’s Campaign Hearings

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 […]

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BLACK WOMEN UNMUTED: MADAME MAYOR

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 […]

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“THE DANGEROUS CONNECTION BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE & FOOD” AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUELINE PATTERSON AND ADRIENNE HOLLIS

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 […]

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Point Comfort’s legacy: Slavery and scars, but also strength that builds from pushing back

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 […]

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Why a black woman should be Philly’s next police commissioner

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 […]

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Bad policing costs lives. So why are fired officers allowed to join other departments?

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 […]

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REALITY CHECK: OF COURSE, IT WAS NICETOWN

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 […]

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Black in ER: Gun Violence Through the Eyes of Black Medical Professionals

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. […]

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Mothers of Tamir Rice, Sean Bell, Sandra Bland and Eric Garner – Custom Video Post

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 […]

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2019 Congressional Black Caucus of the 116th Congress Swearing In Ceremony Live Stream

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 […]

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WURD 2018 Year in Review

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 […]

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#WURDonKwanzaa

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

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#WURDEMPOWER18 – THANK YOU for joining us for the 2nd Annual WURD Empowerment Experience.

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 […]

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WURD 15th Anniversary Open Letter

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 […]

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The Stakes is High” (#WURDoftheDay)

  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 […]

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Happy 15th Anniversary #WURDis15

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 […]

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Some Reasons Why Republicans Are Doubling Down For Kavanaugh (That We’re Not Hearing)

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 […]

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#WURDVOTES: Note to Black Voters: Nike Ain’t Saving You

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 […]

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WURD RADIO HONORS THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DR. WALTER P. LOMAX JR.

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 […]

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Mothers of Tamir Rice, Sean Bell, Sandra Bland and Eric Garner

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 […]

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Philadelphians share opinions on how to combat neighborhood violence

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 […]

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TRANSMIT TRANSFORM EVENT SIZZLE REEL

“TRANSMIT/TRANSFORM,” was a two-day event celebrating the lives of community members lost to violence in the Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood of North Philadelphia. Done in partnership with the Village of Arts and Humanities, this project, timed to coincide with Memorial Day, was a part of the WURD on Violence Collaborative. Using the Village’s ArtBuilt Mobile Studio, WURD […]

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#WURDWELLNESS PAVILION AT 11th ANNUAL PARKWEST FESTIVAL

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 […]

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#BEINGWHILEBLACK: WURD HOSTS FIRST LIVE RADIO BROADCASTED FORUM ON RACE, RACIAL TRAUMA and HEALING

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 […]

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BRAINSTORMING BETTER TURNOUT

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 […]

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Starbucks COO Addresses Controversial Philadelphia Arrests

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.

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WURD Backstage – JAMES MTUME

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

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#WURDMarchingOrders: Violence, the Issues, and the Solutions

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 […]

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The Threeness of Being Black, American and a Woman  & Running a Radio Station While At It

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 […]

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ICYMI: A Recap of #BlackGirlMagic with the Stars of BLACK PANTHER

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.

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DISNEY: Doing Blackness Right (Finally) in 2018

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, […]

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WURD Speaks: The Philadelphia Negro – Past & Present

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 […]

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#WURDData: WURD National Black Voter Average, 2.3.18

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 […]

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A Conversation with Mehereta Baruch-Ron

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

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WUWW Interview with Juvenile Lifers: Shavonne Robbins & John Pace

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.

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WILL PA-1 EVER GET A BLACK MEMBER OF CONGRESS?

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 […]

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Philadelphia – Violence Prevention Organizations

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 […]

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David Jones Investigation Headed Back to Philly DA’s Office

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 […]

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Philadelphia Gun Violence Claims a Beloved Youth Organizer

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

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What Emotions Does The News Coverage On Violence Evoke?

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 […]

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WURD Backstage: A Chat with Choreographer Ron K Brown

Hear from dancer/choreographer Ron K. Brown about the joys of heeding the ancestors and merging African Diasporic dance with contemporary.

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VIOLENCE FORUM: How do you Feel When you Hear the Term ‘Black-on-Black-Crime’?

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   […]

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REALITY CHECK: WHO CARES ABOUT BULLYING IN PHILLY?

Philadelphia and the Denver suburb of Aurora, CO might be over 1,700 miles apart, but there are some distressing similarities in the way they’re both treating the ugly social trend of bullying. In Aurora, 10-year old Ashawnty Davis died from complications of an attempted suicide two-weeks earlier, the terrifying result of overwhelming stress due to constant harassment […]

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VIOLENCE FORUM: What More Can be Done by Government and Communities to Reduce and Prevent Violence in Philadelphia?

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 Michell […]

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WURD Empowerment Expo: Violence as a Public Health Issue

https://youtu.be/7k4374j_a0o At WURD’s Empowerment Expo a panel was convened to discuss violence in the community. Moderator: Christopher Norris – WURD Radio Guest Host, Wake Up With WURD Panelists: Victoria Greene – Founder and Director of EMIR Healing Center Scott Charles, M.D. – Trauma Outreach Coordinator, Director of the Cradle to Grave Program, Temple University Hospital […]

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VIOLENCE FORUM: What Resources Were and Weren’t Accessible to You or a Loved One After an Episode of Violence?

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! SCROLL DOWN […]

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REALITY CHECK: RIDING SEPTA WHILE ELDERLY

A measure of a city’s character hinges on how well it treats its senior citizens. In Philly, one aspect of that is how easy it is for senior citizens to travel from their homes to the rest of the city. And on that front, Customized Community Transportation, the elderly-focused paratransit service supervised by SEPTA, leaves […]

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Black voters could be decisive key in Alabama Senate race

Despite a torrent of horrific headlines regarding the pedophiliac tendencies of Alabama Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore, many observers still believe that as embattled by embarrassing national headlines as he is, Moore will win on Dec. 12. And that eventuality is nearing even as some believe Black voters are in a prime position to […]

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VIOLENCE FORUM: How Has Your or a Loved One’s Life Changed After an Episode of Violence?

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! SCROLL DOWN […]

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I Lost Two Mentees to Philly Violence and I Can’t Bear to Lose a Third

Losing one mentee to Philadelphia violence was hard. Losing two is just unbearable. And losing a third will simply be unacceptable. By Alex Peay 11.20.17: Philadelphia – When I met Philadelphia 4th grader Azim Chaplin, he was too young to participate in Rising Stars, the afterschool mentoring program that Rising Sons – the organization I […]

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REALITY CHECK: HOW DO WE PAY FOR LOCAL CONTROL OF THE SCHOOLS?

With Philadelphia now in the post-School Reform Commission world and headed rapidly towards local control of its schools, the question turns to something city officials have given little thought to: How to pay for it. Forget, for the moment, whether a new school board should be appointed by the Mayor or if it should be […]

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Wake Up With WURD – Jenifer Lewis

Watch the Wake Up With WURD team as they chat with Black-ish Actress, Jenifer Lewis. Lewis discusses her memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood.”  

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WURD Backstage: Philly’s Men Are Cookin’ 2017

See WURD hosts "In The Community" for a special education fundraising event hosted by the Rho Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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How Larry Krasner Won the Philly DA Race

The Philadelphia District Attorney-elect said his campaign relied heavily on neighborhoods where politicians don’t even go to lie. 11.8.17: Philadelphia – (Politics): Positioned under a big umbrella held by a close associate, Mr. Larry Krasner on Tuesday night took a short stroll from his victory party, where he had to navigate through a crowd of […]

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4 State Elections That Could Prove How Much Everybody Hates Black Voters

This election season could prove that “the resistance” is really all bullshit. On Tuesday, in states like Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and on Dec. 12 in Alabama, there are big chances to begin striking back—and in a language that can scare people like White House chief of staff John Kelly, his boss, Bannonites, congressional […]

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FOUR REASONS KRASNER MAY LOSE THE DA’S RACE

Let’s first kick this off by saying that I’ve got nothing against Democratic District Attorney candidate Larry Krasner. In fact, it would be nice if Krasner won simply because, not unlike many others, the Philly D.A.’s race is emerging as something of a barometer for the general state of national competition between Democratic and Republican […]

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