This story is part of a series called The Future of Work, which explores what work will look like as we move beyond the pandemic. It’s produced with funding from the William Penn Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. WURD is one of more than 20 news organizations producing Broke in Philly, a collaborative [...]
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 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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Honoring one of Philadelphia’s own creative giants – James Mtume – on the celebration of his TVOne UNSUNG special and so much more!