For My Sister, For Myself

“This originally started out as a tale of two: two sisters and two sister cities. Jeannine and Jasmaine, Philadelphia and Paris.” By Syreeta Martin That was until it came into focus that there are actually three sisters and an expanding space for global sisterhood that is bigger than any one bookshop, in any one city. […]

Loving Myself As I Am: Aziza Shuler in Her Own Words

“My journey to self-love, like many, is a deeply personal one, rooted in self-discovery that I arrived at by studying my mother and unraveling not only her story but also the profound connections it had with my own identity.” By Aziza Shuler I come from a lineage of women who’ve grappled with the complexities of […]

Personal Essay: I Am My Mother’s Wildest Dreams

Discover the journey of Mariyum Raina Rizwan, a daughter of South Asian immigrants, as she reflects on her mother’s sacrifices, arranged marriage, and the pursuit of education and independence in America, shaping her own path while honoring her cultural heritage.

Black Reverence Chair, a Ritual for Joy and Affirmation

Explore the transformative ritual of the Black Reverence Chair, a gathering fostering joy and affirmation amid the trauma of state-sanctioned anti-Black violence. Learn about its origins, the power of celebratory witness, and the creation of an energetic archive to counter narratives of brutality. Join the movement for healing and communal celebration.

Sweet Jazmines Pastry Chef Cookin’ Up Wellness in Reset Recipe

Discover the journey of pastry chef Kimberly Davis Cuthbert, owner of Sweet Jazmines Bakery, facing an unexpected business closure after 23 years. Explore her shift from a bustling bakery to embracing family time and envisioning new ventures, including a national expansion for her renowned sweet potato muffins. Join her in this inspiring career transition.

Incarcerated Fathers Loving Their Children 

Uncover the impactful changes brought about by parenting programs for incarcerated fathers at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. Learn about initiatives such as the Parent Action Network, which are interrupting the cycle of incarceration, strengthening family ties, and decreasing recidivism. Hear firsthand stories of fathers reconstructing connections with their children from behind prison walls and developing vital parenting skills.

Philly gumball machines dispense poetry and mental health resources

This article was originally published by WHYY, a news partner to Love Now Media. By Peter Crimmins Philadelphia poet Lindo Jones, known as LindoYes, describes himself as an artist-activist, using his poetry in the service of social justice efforts. During the widespread demonstrations in Philadelphia in the summer of 2020, LindoYes could be heard reciting […]

Breaking Barriers on Boathouse Row

By Kristin Holmes

The tranquility of the Schuylkill River calls out to Brannon Johnson every morning at 6:30 a.m. when she steps into her wobbling single scull…