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Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."

10 Rules for Succeeding In Hollywood

Bernard Hiller | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Hiller

Become the person you have never been. To achieve something you have never achieved, you will have to learn to become the person you have never been. You will have to give up any negative ideas, behavior or friends that are holding you back.

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics

Rashard Mendenhall Opens Up About Life After Football

Rashard Mendenhall | Posted 08.28.2014 | Sports
Rashard Mendenhall

I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not. I've reinvented myself. This is my first transformation.

Recalling Bacall: My Interview

Lauren Daley | Posted 08.15.2014 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

She was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx in 1924 to two Jewish immigrants. She was immortalized as "Lauren Bacall" for her smoky voice, come-hither looks, flirtatious wit.

Don't Act Like You Don't Hear The Baby Crying!

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

It's amazing what a lack of sleep will do to a person. I don't know about you, but no sleep for me equals psychopath. Well, psychopath is a bit strong of a word. I'll go with lunatic.

V-Day (It's Not The Day You're Thinking Of)

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents
Marco Gonzalez

Did I think I'd go from being a reporter for KTLA to blogging about my recent vasectomy? Um, no. But if I'm able to help guys out there be more comfortable with having this procedure, then it's worth it.

Can I Just Be a Writer, Please?

Tami Shaikh | Posted 09.29.2014 | Women
Tami Shaikh

I wrote a book. It's always been my dream to write a book (like 81 percent of all Americans). Growing up, the kind of stories that I would cook up wer...

Black Philadelphians and Their Ungodly Fear of Police

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

To hell with political correctness, it's time to talk about the black elephant in the room.

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

Mary Novaria | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

No, I don't punch a time clock, work on the assembly line or have a corner office. I may have the flexibility to run you to the airport, take my mother to the doctor, or babysit my sister's kid, but it's not because I don't work.

Why Philadelphia Is Ground Zero for Problems and Opportunity

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

From its cash-strapped school district and embattled police department, to its eye-popping poverty and unemployment rates, Philly presents real challenges and opportunities for those bold active citizens who dare to engage and transform the system.

How Parents Tell Their Kids They Have No Value

Christopher Norris | Posted 09.06.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

Growing up I heard countless adults say: "children are to be seen and not heard."

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.

From the High Seas to Hollywood (Part I)

Richard Arthur | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Richard Arthur

Though both borrow from French Revival architectural style, no two buildings could be further apart in significance than Bancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.

The Fine Print on Our Favorite Columnists

Grammarly | Posted 08.23.2014 | Media
Grammarly

While it is by no means exhaustive, this list includes a dozen of Grammarly's favorite print journalists from the English-speaking world in honor of National Columnists Day on June 23.

Lessons I Learne as a Writer, Part Three

Sheldon D. Newton | Posted 08.17.2014 | Good News
Sheldon D. Newton

Are you procrastinating in your writing because you fear that people may not want to read what you have to say? Are you afraid of failure so you make every excuse as to why you cannot finish what you have started?

Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Christopher Norris

There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

Book Doctors Interview Diana Abu-Jaber on How to Write Literary Commercial Prose

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

After three different people recommend the book to us, we always try to read it. This was the case with Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber. It's one of those rare books that's literary yet page turning.

The Lies We Tell Black Boys and the Truth They Deserve to Hear

Christopher Norris | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

We need to stop teaching our black boys how to survive in a world not designed for them, and instead show them how to design a world that will allow them to thrive as individuals.

Keeping Up With The Jones' Radio Show, Part 1

Craig Stewart | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Craig Stewart

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That Time I Thought I Could Make a Living Writing

Dana Sitar | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Dana Sitar

Your path as a writer is bound to wind to and fro. Don't be afraid to change your route when it doesn't feel right -- step off the path into something smoother for a while, stay put when you find a comfortable spot or turn around and start right back at the beginning.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Elizabeth McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth McGuire

When I originally offered to help with my daughter's first book club, it was as a simple show of support for my 7-year-old bookworm. Flash forward four years and nearly 50 books later, the club has become one of the most valuable volunteer gigs of my parenting career.

The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Bernard Starr

What authors and wannabee authors crave is feedback on their manuscripts and proposals from publishing professionals -- mainly literary agents and editors.

5 Acronyms Entrepreneurs Can't Afford to Forget

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Christopher Norris

Entrepreneurs have a lot on their brains, but not minding the right thing can be disastrous for business. While maintaining the grind, here are five acronyms to keep in mind.

The Game I Played Growing Up in Philly

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.11.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

I told the crew that I had created this game, and not only did they not believe me, they didn't care. Just wanting to play, one of the kids threw me the ball.