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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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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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