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Peak Johnson
Dominique “Peak” Johnson is a native of North Philadelphia. He is a graduate from The Community College of Philadelphia and is currently attending Temple University. Johnson’s writing career began in 2002 when he and others developed a teen community newspaper known as, The North Philly Metropolis, a publication of the nonprofit organization Project HOME.

Serving as editor of the teen produced newspaper for six years, Johnson has written for various publications since then, both print and online.

Entries by Peak Johnson

Looking Forward to Better Days

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2016 | 1:23 AM

Photo via Thinkstock

The last image that I saw of my dad, was when he was laying in his casket. He looked so peaceful and it was at that moment that I realized I would never hear from him again. Prior to...

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When I Voted For Someone Who Looked Like Me

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 5:45 PM


I remember when President Obama first took the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States. It was around the first day of the spring semester at college and I was eagerly awaiting for class to be over so...

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At 17, Drexel Student Pushes Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:59 AM


Zakiya James at Drexel University's campus

When Zakiya James attended Woodrow Wilson High School in her native city of Washington D.C., she quickly exhausted the curriculum that was being offered to her there. Zakiya, 14 at the time, was not being challenged...

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O' Casey's Penultimate Finish

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 3:07 PM

From Left to Right: Angelique Bouiffiou (Mrs. Madigan) Kevin Rodden (Johnny Boyle), Ethan Lipkin (Captain Jack Boyle), Kirsten Quinn (Juno Boyle), Dexter Anderson (Charles Bentham), Gina Martino (Mary Boyle)

After highly successful productions of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I...

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Former Philly Gang Member on Honor, Reform and the Next Generation

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 3:55 PM


Kevin Wilkins at his North Philadelphia home.

Kevin Wilkins remembers the summer day long ago when he stared down a member of The Valley, a notorious gang that inhabited the streets of North Philadelphia in the '60s and '70s.

He was around...

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Philly's Pope Roundup

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:32 AM


A lot is happening in the city of Philadelphia in preparation for Pope Francis's visit later this week. Information on what to expect has been released steadily as the Pope's arrival edges closer.

While there are some Philadelphians...

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Hair Salon on Wheels Tries to Inspire Mobility in Homeless Clients

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Photo: Nicola Benizzi

Visiting a barber shop or a hair salon may seem like a luxury, but an artist who visits shelters for homeless Americans sees it as a matter of identity.

"Hair care is kind of seen as a non-essential need...

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Homeless, Not Hopeless: A View From the Free Library

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2015 | 6:41 PM

Photo: Flickr/Creative Commons License "Everyone has the right right"

I have never experienced the plight of homelessness, but I've seen many people throughout the streets of downtown Philadelphia who have.

For the last six years, I have...

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Philly Grad Aims for New Chapter In Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:10 PM

Shawn Jorden on the steps of the Mint Building at the Community College of Philadelphia.

It happened earlier this month when Shawn Jorden, 25, was handed his degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts from the Community College of Philadelphia, a goal that...

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Reflections of a Temple Grad II

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:44 PM


A photo taken of my dad at his high school graduation.

I remember when walking across the stage on graduation day, just last May, and how uncertain I was about entering the "real world" with a bachelors in journalism. Would I be accepted...

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O'Casey's Plays Return to Stage at Philly Irish Theater

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 2:42 PM

From Left to Right: Kevin Rodden as Seumas Shields and Dexter Anderson as Donal Davoren. Photo taken by Keith Miller

After the highly successful productions of Brian Friel's Philadelphia, Here I Come and A Night with Lady G, The Irish Heritage...

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A New Place to Call Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 12:23 PM

The Stephen Klein Wellness Center in North Philadelphia

It was 12 years ago when D.W. Wilkins first moved from New York City to Philadelphia.

Upon his arrival, he had been living without medical insurance and other safeguards until learning about the services being...

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Collected Stories

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 10:13 AM

From left to right, Kirsten Quinn (Lisa Morrison) and co-star Renee Weisband (Ruth Steiner). Photo by Kristine DiGrigoli

An innocent meeting between mentor and student soon evolves into something quite adversarial. As time goes on (six years to be exact), two women...

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Reflections of a Temple Grad

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:12 PM


Even though it happened just a few months ago, graduation for me was almost a complete blur. I do not remember much of what was said to me on that day except the word "congratulations." That word was repeated a lot, especially by...

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A Night With Lady G: A Trilogy of Irish Comedy

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Founded in 2011 and currently in its second season, The Irish Heritage Theater is a professional company dedicated to presenting and preserving the rich legacy of Irish Theater that has been created both in Ireland and during the long history of the Irish in American Theater.

In 2012 the...

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Q & A With Janice Gable Bashman, Author of Predator

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 2:52 PM

Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Predator, her first novel and solo book project for young adults. Bashman is also the editor of The Big Thrill, an International Thriller Writers' magazine, and has had her short fiction published in various anthologies and...

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Music Program Serves Philadelphia Youth

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Many of the instructors and staff of the Salvation Army music and arts programs are volunteers from within Philadelphia communities.

The goal of the music and arts program of the Salvation Army in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is to...

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Nonprofit Showcases Asian American Talent

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Red Oak Lane, one of six finalists who will be performing at Kollaboration's ninth showcase

The New York chapter of Kollaboration, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Asian-American performers, will hold its annual showcase this Saturday at

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Initiative to Foster Dialogue Amongst Diverse Communities

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:33 AM

You For Me For You 2012: Staring Ruibo Qian and Kimberly Gilbert. Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Founder of the Minneapolis-based Mu Performing Arts, visiting playwright and director Rick Shiomi continues his last installment...

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The Transformation of AJ Young

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:53 PM


There was never a particular moment when AJ Young felt that he was supposed to be a guy, but it was more of a continual questioning why it was he felt uncomfortable around friends and family. Not just generally, but socially.


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