It would be wrong to say Aquil Bickerstaff was destined to end up dead or in prison. But like all black men of his generation, the odds were stacked against him. When he was born in 1985, to a working-class family in North Philadelphia, he entered a world that was becoming increasingly hostile to him.
By the time Ricky Staub was 24 years old, he was living the Hollywood dream. Just a few years out of college, he was an assistant producer for Sam Mercer, who co-produced most of M. Night Shyamalan’s films, including The Sixth Sense. In 2007, Staub was with Mercer in Philadelphia, working with Shyamalan on The Last Airbender.
Monday, the House could vote to ban some drug felons from public benefits for life. You should care. Here’s why. (Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) If you’ve never been to prison, it can be easy to dismiss the plight of those who have.
Leroy “Beyah” Edney was 11 the first time he got locked up. Edney was at a Philadelphia rec center when an argument with another kid turned violent. It didn’t turn out so well for the other kid. Edney spent six months at a juvenile detention center as a result.
To increase the chances of a smooth transition, the District ended the process of returning adjudicated youth to regular classrooms in mid-semester. Instead, they will remain in an extended RETI-WRAP program, with a chance to earn credits, until the start of the next semester.