Cassie covers cultural trends – from the individuals who set them to the larger social movements that are altering the Philadelphia experience. Quite often, that means zoning in on the real-life impacts of changing expectations for technology and community.

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Jazmine Sullivan speaks on her struggles, spiritual growth, and her sultry new release, ‘Heaux Tales’

Heaux Tales, Jazmine Sullivan's new release, is deeply inspired by the conversations women might only have with each other.

Storming the U.S. Capitol may be new to Americans, but the violence is a familiar theme

Wednesday's violence at the U.S. Capitol horrified many. But the violence is a pattern through American history.

Are you thinking about time right now? For ‘Black Futures’ contributor Rasheedah Phillips, it’s a lifelong pursuit.

Survey questions that Phillips uses in her research appear among essays, fine art, interviews, social media posts, memes, lyrics, and other works by Black creatives in the acclaimed 544-page book.

This award-winning Dickinson professor is rethinking how Black artists show death

Jerry Philogene, an arts scholar who recently won an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer grant, explains how even in death, Haitian artists depict new possibilities.

Meet the Sixers fan who’s a Twitter fave for how she rapped ‘What We Do’

Tyesha Wilson is Philly to the core. The internet could see that clearly in a fancam video from a 2018 Sixers-Heat game that experienced a social media revival during the November election.

2 die in Philly house fire

When firefighters first approached the two-story house on the 6700 block of North 17th Street in West Oak Lane, they saw heavy fire on the first floor, said a spokesperson.

Man fatally struck by SEPTA Regional Rail train in Jenkintown

The man had been on the tracks, rather than the boarding area. There's no indication of foul play, said SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch.

‘I’m looking forward to 200’: This Philly woman turned 100 with a ride-by parade and Zoom party.

The first 100 years have been something. She’s worked for the government, raised an artist, and traveled extensively.

‘Look at us now’: Philly women, and especially Black women, celebrate Kamala Harris’ election to America’s second-highest office

Many women celebrating in Philadelphia said this projected win means they can finally see themselves represented in the White House.

Biden leaves West Oak Lane eatery Relish as crowd of dozens cheer outside

Biden leaves West Oak Lane eatery Relish as crowd of dozens cheer outside