Brandon writes about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia's marginalized communities.

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This rising-star just opened her first solo art show in Philly. Then came the coronavirus closures.

“I was sad when I realized that people wouldn’t be able to come and see the work,” said Patricia Renee’ Thomas, a grad student in fine arts at Penn. The gallery representing her, Kapp Kapp, hopes to extend the show when it reopens.

After 40 years of flashy suits and velvet loafers, Kim’s Clothing in Germantown is closing

Owner Jae Choon Kim and her daughter, Jenny Kim, are closing their doors. Jae, now 82, opened the store in 1979 with her late husband, Byung Kim, after moving to the U.S. from South Korea five years before.

For Germantown’s Viva Leaf Tea Co. owner, tea time is a ‘farm to cup’ experience

For the past two years, Christa Barfield of Germantown has started each day by drinking a cup of hot tea. Now, she has her own tea company, Viva Leaf Tea.

Viva Tea Leaf Co. grows their herbs from seeds

For the past two years, Viva Tea Leaf owner, Christa Barfield has started her morning the same way — with a cup of tea.

Philadelphia Police Academy just graduated its first openly transgender officer

Benson Churgai of Northeast Philadelphia is the first openly transgender recruit to graduate from the Philadelphia Police Academy. “I struggled for a long time with who I was,” Churgai said. "I knew that if I continued to live my life as [a] female, it was not going to work out.”

This year at Philly’s Keystone Comic Con: William Shatner and a ‘Boy Meets World’ reunion

Star Trek’s William Shatner, George Takei, and Walter Koening will join the Boy Meets World cast in headlining the three-day event from August 28 to 30.

Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown: 'A space of peace for people in a chaotic world’

Owner Jeannine A. Cook specializes in books by black and women authors. Her store is also a community space "for folks to come together, discuss ideas, and debate in a healthy way," she said.

Elle’s R. Eric Thomas first got famous in Philly, and now he’s coming back — with his debut book

R. Eric Thomas visits the Free Library Thursday with "Here for it: Or how to save your soul in America."

The Cecil B. Moore mural has been restored after it was vandalized

Freedom Fighters member Vivienne Crawford said she felt like she “had been stabbed” after seeing the vandalized mural. “Cecil was like a surrogate father to us all," she said.

Jazz great Christian McBride has new music to go with famous civil rights speeches

The jazz bassist, born in West Philly, spotlights the words of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Muhammad Ali. "There’s always a need to know what happened in your past," he says.