The MOJO

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Host Stephanie Renée is joined in-studio by former Philadelphia Eagle lineman Jeremiah Trotter, star of feature film “The North Star,” along with writer/director Thomas K. Phillips and fellow cast member Thomas C. Bartley, Jr.

It is physically impossible to affirmatively respond to each and every request to appear at events and speaking engagements. But lately, the benefit to selectively deciding to show up and be counted has been clearer than ever before.

A few weeks ago, David Welsh, an avid fan of Philly radio and television broadcasters, paid a visit to the Wynnefield branch stop of our Summer of Freedom tour of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Little did we know, David had a lovely photo slideshow/video tribute in mind!

Our Summer of Freedom tour continued on August 26 at The Library for The Blind, when MOJO host Stephanie Renee interviewed Brazilian musician Dende.

It’s been 10 years since we were transfixed by news reports of the destruction that Hurricane Katrina left in her wake, and the subsequent indifference of our national resources to help the stranded. How would YOU handle losing it all and going on?

I am a city girl, but I am not “hood.” And yet, something about the outspokenness of N.W.A. appealed to my teenage self, finding a way to stride between the various worlds of my existence and be recognized. Twenty-seven years later, I will not shy away from this history.

After decades of running and resisting, Sonia Sanchez locked down a permanent residence in Philadelphia. And after 30 years or so, her vast influence in this amazing-but-troubled city is finally being fully celebrated.

There is a thread on Black Twitter called #HappyBlackGirlDay, where posts are used to uplift and celebrate Black femininity. In the wake of Sandra Bland’s death and so many other insults and insensitivity toward sisterhood, this social media practice feels more like urgent necessity.

Knowing your purpose is one thing. Properly executing that purpose in the world requires a different kind of spiritual fortitude.


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