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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]

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 — […]

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 […]


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