by Lisa Nelson-Haynes

Last December, as we looked ahead to a new year, we asked members of our village to share the habits, ways of thinking, and practices they were planning to leave behind in 2020.

One theme that came out of that was the intent to abandon grind culture.

Here, Lion’s Story trainer Lisa Nelson-Haynes gives an update on her own efforts to focus on the present and become more mindful as a way to ditch the always-on hustle.

A few years ago, I ditched the tradition of making resolutions for the new year and, after talking with a…


Last December, as we looked ahead to a new year, we asked members of our village to share the habits, ways of thinking and practices they were planning to leave behind in 2020.

One theme that came out of that was the intent to abandon grind culture.

Here, we check in with Erica Snowden, a Lion’s Story trainer, who was one of the folks hoping to reject the always-on hustle to see how she’s faring so far this year in meeting that goal.

I have to say that it has been a roller coaster trying to rest as resistance…


By Shamm Petros

International Women’s Day is just a few days away. Every March 8, it’s a day to honor the achievements of women around the globe, while also continuing to fight for gender equality.

I consider myself a feminist, so of course, I revel in the attention gender equality gets this time of year, every year. And this year, I’d like to do a bit more than revel. …


Why rigorous self-reflection and self-healing is the necessary first step in creating a healthy village of social justice warriors

By Shamm Petros

Leaders, activists and changemakers participating in the 2021 BIPOC Institute opening session

“Tell your story. Heal the village.”

Sometimes, when we’re doing the work of Lion’s Story, we’re asked, “What do you mean by ‘healing the village?’”

To put it succinctly, when we talk about healing the village, we mean looking deep within ourselves to identify the coping mechanisms we’ve developed as a result of racial incidents in our lives. …


Five questions to ask to assess the status of your organization’s diversity and inclusion programs

by Charles Barrett Adams

Weekly — and sometimes daily — I find myself in an awkward position: breaking the news to company leaders that, while they’ve implemented some diversity, equity and inclusion efforts into their organizations, they likely aren’t as racially inclusive, committed or “woke” as they think they are.

These are leaders who are used to — and expected to — measure and track performance, achievement, revenue and/or impact goals, but aren’t sure how to go about the new, or at least newly highlighted…


Grind culture is the idea that status is achieved by always being “on and available.” No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’re hustling. You’re reachable. The first thing you do when you wake up is check and respond to email. You are the first at the office and the last to leave. You have a never-ending to-do list and it’s a badge of honor when you work well into the late night and/or sacrifice your weekend to finish a project.

And it seems as if the badge of honor is contagious.

In a recent student thesis from…


by Charles Barrett Adams

Anyone who knows me will tell you: Books are my friends.

As an educator and non-profit leader, I am constantly looking for ways to challenge my thinking, materials to add to my own self-growth curriculum, and for timely relevant information that I can offer to my village of peers, colleagues and friends taking their own journeys towards racial literacy.

And let’s face it: there is no better excuse to add a few more books to my shelves than a new year.

That said, here are five books I’ll study or revisit in early 2021 as I…


The countdown is on!

If you’re still looking for some last-minute gifts for friends, colleagues or family members — and you’re looking to support Black businesses in Philly — we’ve got your back!

Here are some of our favorite local shops and services to help you put the finishing touches on your holiday shopping.

For the Sci-Fi/Comic Book Enthusiast: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse

2578 Frankford Ave.


by LV Wrighter

Scene in West Philadelphia in the aftermath of the Walter Wallace Jr. shooting. (Image Credit: Philadelphia Inquirer/Tom Gralish)

I’m from Philly.

Since high school, my family has lived blocks away from where Walter Wallace Jr. was murdered. It would not surprise me if Walter Wallace Jr., or any member of his family or me and my family, passed by and greeted each other at some time — a corner store, the bus, anywhere.

A little more than a decade ago, my younger sister was late to school, for no insidious reason other than it being one of those days. She left our home and headed to the check-cashing place to purchase tokens for the bus…


Charles Barrett Adams

The first Tuesday in November is familiar to me, and, ever since I was able to, I voted.

But this first Tuesday — this one is different. There is nothing “normal” about this first November Tuesday. This Election Day is unprecedented and feels unsafe, for a number of reasons.

The world is watching and the results could take more time than usual to confirm the winner, yes, but we’ve seen that before. Still, a power grab or coup is as much of a possibility, if not moreso, than during any of the other first Tuesdays in November.

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