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West Philly Dollar Stroll Festival Guide 🍑

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Black-led nonprofits in Philadelphia still face barriers connecting to regional funders, according to a new report that calls for action.

  • Entitled “Reflecting Forward”, the study’s findings were compiled from interviews with 16 executives who represent a larger group formed in 2020: Philadelphia’s Black Nonprofit Chief Executives.

It offers three main recommendations for funders, reports Lisa Bryant for Billy Penn, like avoiding pitch competitions and thinking in multi-year terms.

The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll returns tomorrow, with thousands expected in the West Philly corridor filled with a diverse collection of local stores.

  • This is the first in-person festival for two yearsand the owners are beyond thrilled – not just for the business it might bring, but for a chance to connect with the community.

In addition to the $1 (and $3 and $5) offers, there will be live music and face painting. BP intern Emily White has tips on what to look for when you go.

$ = paying

  • The recent city report processing of MOVE remains revealed that the Philadelphia medical examiner’s office lacked important policies and is terribly understaffed – a slowly building crisis as shootings and opioids mean unexplained deaths are on the rise. [Inquirer$]
  • A viral Twitter thread on a Philly Airbnb filled with hidden cameras raised concerns about the privacy of shared accommodation guests. The company is investigatingby a spokesperson. [@foxytaughtyou/Inquirer$]
  • Philadelphia moved up the rankings on a list of the top 30 ecosystems for startups and got a cry for its “vibrant” life science community. []
  • Local radio sports presenters Bill Clement and Al Morganti have been appointed to Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday. [KYW/@HockeyHallFame]
  • The Baltimore banner was launched yesterday with a spicy take, saying Philly cheesesteaks are generally “inedible”, citing Whiz, lack of toasting and…too much lettuce?? Note to B’more: Customers choose their own cheese; bread should NOT be toasted to achieve complete melting/melting with the interior; and the lettuce doesn’t belong in the sandwich in the first place. [Baltimore Banner/@phillydesign]

We publish this report each week in partnership with the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting at Community College of Philadelphia.

By the Numbers in Philadelphia

  • 24: Registered gunshot victims Last week so far, up from 78 the previous week. [PPD Google Drive]
  • 1025: Shooting victims This yearup 7% over last year [PCGVR]
  • 228: Year to date murders, down 8% from last year; up 58% from five years ago [Philly Police]

Mayor Kenney joins Connor Barwin and Rebuild officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vare Recreation Center at Point Breeze (1:30 p.m.β€”stay tuned for Jordan Levy’s report on the project’s history). Evening brings mayor to Parkway Central Library for women’s rights project reception honoring outgoing Executive Director Carol Tracy.

πŸ₯ͺ BP Quizzo is in Chestnut Hill this month! Join us atop Germantown’s cobblestone avenue as we take over Tavern on the Hill for an evening of Philly trivia with happy hour specials and prizes. Tickets are free with RSVP. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21)

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ This evening! Join Billy Penn Reporter ‘March On’ host Michaela Winberg for happy hour at Cockatoo in the Gayborhood, with a drag performance by VinChelle followed by a discussion of modern day Pride. Free with RSVP. (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15)

🎭 The Philadelphia Thing’s Trade School festival this week, and this time they’re art and artist exchange with Detroit, the motor city. Opening night performances include interactive theater and short film screenings, and you get unlimited access to all performances through a $100 festival pass. (Times vary, Thursday-Sunday, June 16-25)

πŸ™ŒπŸΏ Commemorate history with the Pennsylvania Juneteenth Initiative as they launch what they call the nation’s largest June 19 parade and celebration, filling West Philly’s Malcolm X Park, with dance performances, DJs and family-friendly crafts. (12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 19).

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