Indigenous Education: Exploring the history beneath our feet

By Kim Russell

Much Indigenous history is hidden in plain sight. However, with the guidance of a Guale (pronounced wah-LAY) tribe member, Tavis Sanders, we pull back and uplift the historical roots of this land.

In the Push to Keep Children With Kin and out of Foster Care, Are Families Heard?

By Steve Volk, Next City

Kids face less long-term trauma when they live with kin instead of foster families. Yet despite promising kinship placement models elsewhere and signs of improvement, Philadelphia’s child welfare system still appears biased against families.

Post Pandemic Work Includes Wellness as a Priority

By Kristin Holmes

Ten years ago, the anxiety and sleeplessness, stress and migraines, came while Crawford worked her way up from call center to management at Verizon. But last year, she was working for herself in the midst of a pandemic.

Small Doses, Big Difference: How a young Philadelphia Artist creatively addresses mental and health wellness

By Syreeta Martin

For folks who are navigating a global pandemic and life, the hour-long therapeutic art session run by 25 year-old Isis Kirton via Zoom provides just that: a moment of ease.

Colin Powell helped shape my definition of love

By Jos Duncan Asé

Prior to receiving the fellowship, I hadn’t known much about Colin Powell outside of his work with George W. Bush and I was not a fan of either man. However, when I learned that Colin Powell was also once a student at City College of New York, I became more interested in his journey.

What happens when a victim of gun violence is blamed for their own death?

By Denise Clay-Murray

Some victims of gun violence are blamed for their own death. Families often challenge ambiguous policies to get financial help in the aftermath.

Dear Freedom Seeker (A love letter to Haitians)

By Carlo Campbell

Dear freedom seeker, refugee from hate, migrant from the lands of injustice…

Freedom Is A Birth Right (A Love Letter to Haitians)

By Lindo Yes

When I see you
I realize my want for freedom
Has always been a need for freedom
Never an ask
A demand

Kile Li Fini (A love letter to Haitians)

By Kim Russell

To our Haitian brethren, We are heartbroken to see the despair you are in. Humbly, you braved the elements of Mother Nature, only to be faced with the disastrous nature of humans.

Hidden Costs: Gun Violence, Mental Health & Financial Stress

Mental health and post traumatic stress bear a hidden cost in the aftermath of gun violence. 

Peace Day prevails in Philly

By Kim Russell In this world, so much is out of our individual control, so beginning our days with positive affirmations is a small, yet important step toward reclaiming our…

Mike, take a bow. A love story by Bunmi Samuel

Mike, take a bow. A love story by Bunmi Samuel Mike, take a bow. Let's tell a story in your honor. An origin story from one part of your life....

Philly Counts Ambassador Program is Hiring

By Imani Stewart-Jackson, Philly Counts Digital Engagement and Communications Manager Philly Counts was originally created to support the 2020 Census. Since February 2021, the Philly Counts office has been supporting the Philadelphia…

Youth gathered and distributed food and care as an act of love through CityKidsRAK

By Kim Russell

Tieara Nichelson with a group of youth, Instagram followers, and adult volunteers and friends, distributed nutritious food and over 100 care packets to displaced citizens around the city.

Following Bill Cosby’s release, wellness advocates push for Consent Culture

Rape culture is a culture in which sexual violence is treated as the norm and projects blame for sexual assaults on the victims’ behavior, appearance,  or profession while exempting or excusing perpetrators of assault from accountability for the violence they’ve inflicted and and harm they’ve caused. Educators for Consent Culture, has been working to raise awareness about consent culture.

Hidden Costs: Gun Violence, Seeking Wellness in the Aftermath

By Denise Clay-Murray

Connecting victims of gun violence to resources that may help them achieve a sense of well-being means navigating a complex system with ambiguous rules. When you’re trying to find resources to pay for counseling, medical care, or funeral services for a family member who was a victim of gun violence, there are a lot of acronyms you might want to learn.

The Importance of Midwives and the Skill and Science Behind Being One

By Nina Indigo

Researchers have brought a serious issue in midwifery to surface. They stress the importance of midwives and their need to better understand the skill and science of being one, specifically within their emotional intelligence. Why, because it’s essential to how well they perform their roles as midwives.

Hidden Costs: Gun Violence, The Healthcare Aftermath, and Who Pays?

By Denise Clay-Murray

The City of Philadelphia takes a big financial hit every time someone is injured or killed due to gun violence. Much of those costs are borne by the city itself. The series will report on the cost of healthcare, wellness, mental health, and community healing.

11 Days of Love Stories Press Release

Love Now Media, a media and news organization that uplifts the voices of those advocating for justice, wellness, and equity will host its annual storytelling series 11 Days of Love Stories this year from June 14th to June 24th. The series returns for its fourth year or programs with daily TV and social media broadcasts, 7 new short documentaries and 3 live events, after skipping a year due to the pandemic. All 3 of Love Now Media’s 11 Days of Love Stories live events will be held at Sol Garden Studios located 1000 Buttonwood Street, in the Callowhill section of Philadelphia, PA.

Why Love? Why Now? Love prevailed during the pandemic

By Carlo Campbell

Three couples share stories about finding love in uncertain times. Fear and commitment led many to reroute their wedding aisle GPS and take a lovers pit stop and play things by ear. Fear for the vulnerable in our population, our elders, and people with preexisting health concerns, along with commitment to honor state, federal, and CDC directives curtailing travel and large group gatherings.

Beloved Culture: a Philippine-American story of love of liberation

By Kristine Villanueva

On one hand, being Filipino-American means not fully knowing your roots, like the tribe your family first belonged to, what barangay your ancestors lived in. While this is a painful truth, it can also lead to finding new ways to keep the culture alive. In learning about my heritage, I felt more empowered to embody Filipinas in history who fought for liberation.

The pandemic changed the American workforce; it also allowed people to take on work they love

By Denise Clay-Murray

The pandemic has helped some of us with rethinking our relationship to the work we do. Were we happy at our jobs? What would we change if we could? Was life too short to keep doing something we weren’t really into anymore? Was it time to take a leap of faith and do something we love?

Self Care When Feeling Under Siege

By Denise Clay-Murray

At a time when you might feel under siege due to the world around you, taking a moment to show yourself some love is important. From an outwardly hostile presidential administration to the deaths of Black people at the hands of police against the backdrop of a global pandemic that hit Black and Brown communities disproportionately, finding ways to keep it together both physically and emotionally has become a priority for people of color.

Wellness entrepreneurs of Color; agents of change during pandemic

By Jos Duncan

A quest for healing led the mother of 3 to search inwardly for purpose and spirituality. By January of 2020, she and Kuan Young, a visual artist and photographer, had plans to open an indoor healing garden that would sprout more than 100 plants, a waterfall, sound bowls and welcome natural sunlight.

Essential Work: For Philly Artists, this past year was many things

This past year was many things. Every menacing adjective has been used to describe the novelty of this year, which was unlike any ever seen by most generations who care for this planet.

Many lines have been drawn throughout the course of this pandemic. The ones between young and old, sick and well, them and us, and notable for this meditation, essential and inessential.

When Self-Love Is Sanity: Free mental health courses to help you stay sane while standing up to racism

Challenging racism is exhausting. For Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian communities, in particular, the pandemic has further unveiled racial disparities and systemic injustices in the United States. People of Color are often operating within spaces that uphold values rooted in white supremacy while being called upon to help solve diversity and equity issues. All of this, while dealing with their own personal, social, and cultural traumas… during a pandemic.

Reawakening: Bridging gaps to jumpstart life after incarceration

While Radee Hammett was incarcerated, he witnessed a tragic act of violence that shifted his perspective on the value of his life. He is now a community leader, who uses his experience with incarceration to bridge the gap between prison life and the outside.

Community Care in the time of COVID

Our capitalist-driven culture has promoted productivity, competition, and individual achievements as signifiers of success. We’ve been told, “if you want something done, do it yourself” and, “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” We were taught that our ability to compete and achieve was where our self-worth lied. Then we realized we were dying inside.

Conscious Brainwashing: A conversation with ‘Grand Agent’ about the roots and power of Hip Hop

The power of their voices has become recognized by the commanders of corporations and the wolves of Wall Street for their ability to galvanize the youth.

The ‘me too.’ Movement’s New Program Director Has A History of Healing

The ‘me too.’ movement has a new Program Director with a history in healing and wellness-focused practices. Shesheena Bray, a Philadelphia-based mental health therapist starts full time in the role on February 15th.

Love is a call to action and a challenge to tell new stories

Before the pandemic, we knew that there was a disconnect between mainstream news narratives and Black communities. Almost a year into the pandemic, we have experienced a multitude of moments that have crystallized the need for a shift in how stories are served up.

Love Now Media’s Call for Stories – February 2021

Love Now Media is accepting submissions for our multimedia storytelling series, Just Love Stories. The series will feature love stories rooted in work towards social justice. Creative non-fiction writers, poets,...

Love Now Media’s COVID-19 Initiative

Love Now Media's COVID-19 Initiative By Jos Duncan Love Now Media’s newest initiative Lessons on Love has tapped a community of lovers, healers, artists, and activists to offer a series...

Love Now Media: A Community Voice

Love Now Media: A Community Voice By Jos Duncan Love Now Media is proud to be among several Philadelphia organizations to advance the work of documenting and distributing community voices....