Jenice is a metro columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News covering mostly local topics but sometimes weighing in on national news as well.

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Kamala Harris is a Howard grad like I am. Let me school you about what that means. | Jenice Armstrong

You can’t be surrounded by that much blackness and not have emerged having been deeply influenced. I know I was. Being on that campus for four years affected my entire world view.

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Sorry, Mayor, but residents shouldn’t have to cut back on DIY projects to help with trash pickup | Jenice Armstrong

Tor residents deep in HGTV-mode, Kenney's comment urging people to suspend home-improvement projects because he said they create more trash was a wait-what-are-you-talking-about-mayor-moment.

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Whether we march or not, don’t think we don’t grieve for Zamar Jones, the latest child gun violence victim | Jenice Armstrong

People ask, "Where's Black Lives Matter?" That's an easy dig to make but one that completely ignores the fact that the BLM movement, which was founded in 2013 in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin, is a national one that largely focuses on issues of racial injustice.

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Teen with ties to Will Smith is raising our racial consciousness, one T-shirt at a time | Jenice Armstrong

These days, it’s the young people who are leading the way and also educating adults about social justice and things need to change. They are the ones getting tear gassed for standing up and saying, “No that’s unacceptable and we’re not taking it.”

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Gun violence is claiming too many of our children. What’s it going to take to stop it? | Jenice Armstrong

I hope I never have to write another column about a child killed by gun violence. According to the Trace, more than 90% of all gun deaths among children take place in America. What will it take for something to change?

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Teens from these elite Philly schools were trading sexist, racist texts. Their parents need to do better. | Jenice Armstrong

We teach our children by our actions and the choices we make about where we live, the people with whom we socialize, the movies and books we choose and where we send our kids to school. It’s not as simple that Mommy said the n-word and now junior thinks it’s okay to also disparage African Americans.

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Dear Philly: Let’s not become the next Florida. Wear a mask or stay at home this July 4th | Jenice Armstrong

We need to keep our guard up. Daily case counts in this city are no longer dropping. Philadelphia has added at least 300 new coronavirus cases since Friday.

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May I please get an ‘amen’ for Amen Brown, poised to win this House seat in West Philly? | Jenice Armstrong

Come November, Amen Brown will face off against Republican challenger Wanda Logan. It shouldn’t be much of a contest since 87% of the district’s voters are registered Democrats. If things go as expected, Brown will be the third state rep from the 190th in four years, which is pretty much unheard of.

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It took newspapers way too long to finally start capitalizing the letter ‘B’ in Black | Jenice Armstrong

Over the years, various crusaders picked up the call for change almost like runners passing a baton during a relay race. Lori L. Tharps, a Philadelphia-based author, did her part in 2014 by publishing a widely cited op-ed in the New York Times calling for the "B" in Black to be capitalized.

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Thank you, Jeff Brown of ShopRite and the Pa. 30 Day Fund, for helping looted businesses | Jenice Armstrong

I’m happy to report that the Pennsylvania Fund will now also help out small business owners hurt by looting. In addition to the forgivable loans, the Fund is also connecting owners with contractors and other possible funding sources.