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    One Voice offers three ways to get your kids excited and engaged in community building

    July 31, 2014, 7:33 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus Start with the arts, particularly music. Music is one of our first experiences in the womb. And it’s one of the last memories we retain as we age. It is an equalizer and universally accessible, even if only to help keep the...

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    Philly residents prepare for battle in Shakespeare in the park

    July 30, 2014, 8:20 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Katti Gray, New York-based journalist When a staging of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” opens tonight in Philadelphia, city native Brian Anthony Wilson, a black actor perhaps best known for being Detective Vernon Holley in the award-winning “The Wire” television series, will take the stage as king. “I’m here because I...

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    Philly residents prepare for battle in Shakespeare in the park

    July 30, 2014, 1:20 p.m., Posted by Katti Gray

    Shakespeare's Henry IV in West Philadelphia's Clark Park. Credit: Brian Siano on YouTube.

    When a staging of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” opens tonight in Philadelphia, city native Brian Anthony Wilson, a black actor perhaps best known for being Detective Vernon Holley in the award-winning “The Wire” television series, will take the stage as king.

    “I’m here because I am an actor,” Wilson said. “And I’m selfishly doing this. Playing a king is a challenge but the bigger thing, the key thing, is that I’m showing kids of color and people of color more of what we can do and see.”

    That’s an important message for West Philadelphia, the neighborhood where the adaptation kicks off a four-night run in Clark Park, a block off the 43rd Street trolley stop on Baltimore Avenue. Three-quarters of the neighborhood’s residents are black—a demographic not usually counted among Shakespeare fans—and some of them will help stage a battle scene in the production.

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