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Bishop Jessie McClay, founder of New Hope Church of Deliverance, dies at 103

“He taught us to live right, to treat your neighbors right. And he taught us how to love one another. How to live a holy, separated life from the world,” said Paul McClay, one of the bishop's sons.

New 5th Street subway murals tell a more expansive story of the city’s history

The new “Portal to Discovery” can be seen in the passageways of the 5th Street/Independence Hall SEPTA station. An exhibit at Woodmere Art Museum tells the backstory.

The first female head of Philadelphia’s Church of the Advocate is stepping down

The first Black woman to lead Philadelphia's historic Church of the Advocate, has stepped down as vicar and plans to write a book about its history and former rector, Father Paul Washington.

Emma C. Chappell, founder of United Bank of Philadelphia, dies at 80

She was the first African American woman to found a bank since 1903.

‘They Carried Us’ tells the story of Philadelphia’s Black women leaders

Allener M. Baker-Rogers and Fasaha Traylor saw that most stories during Black History Month featured Black men. Their book, “They Carried Us,” focuses on Black women, from history and today.

'Spiritually and culturally ingenious’ design for Bethel Burying Ground to begin construction this summer

An associate professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Karyn Olivier lives in Germantown and creates sculptures, installations and public art.

Douglas C. Grigsby III, bassist for Teena Marie, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Taj Mahal, dies at 57

Mr. Grigsby was 18 when LaBelle hired him after an older bassist missed his plane and was late for a rehearsal.

Tony Brown, longtime host of WDAS-FM’s ‘Quiet Storm’ radio program, has died at 75

Mr. Brown had stopped hosting the program in 2018 for health reasons, shortly after WDAS had a 45th anniversary celebration for him in October 2017.

17-year-old suspect in custody in fatal bowling alley shooting in Montgomery County

Jamel Barnwell of East Lansdowne turned himself in to East Norriton police on Sunday night, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney.

William ‘Cody’ Anderson, legendary Philadelphia Black radio host and former executive, dies of COVID-19 complications

He had been the first general manager at WURD, the only African American-owned-and-operated talk radio station in Pennsylvania, and was a trusted and influential voice in the Black community.