The overwhelming joy of graduation day

The overwhelming joy of graduation day

Each morning and each night I look at my journalism degree from Temple University, I remember the challenges I overcame to get it, including the fear of never receiving it at all. The overwhelming euphoria I felt when it finally arrived in the mail is something I still carry to this day. It can never really be replicated or taken away. In the beginning, I never saw myself attending college. I never saw it as the important factor it would become in my life. I grew up in and still live in North Philadelphia. A college graduate is something not often seen coming from a low income household or an impoverished neighborhood. I remember walking through my neighborhood on graduation day, a cool spring day, twiddling my fingers as my gown blew in the breeze. This would actually be my second degree. The first came from the Community College of Philadelphia just a few years prior. Though I was older, and some things...
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Radio Times at the movies: “Star Wars” and “Creed”

Radio Times at the movies: “Star Wars” and “Creed”

  Guest: Peak Johnson, Joe Turner, Jake Blumgart, Frank Kubach, Terrence Lewis Today Radio Times goes to the movies. We’ll start off with the most anticipated film of the year, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which opened last night. Marty talks with two diehard Star Wars fans — PEAK JOHNSON, a Philadelphia writer who contributes to The Huffington Post, Newsworks.org, and Geekadelphia and JOE TURNER, the co-owner of Atomic City Comic in Philadelphia. Then, the new “Rocky” film, “Creed,” returns to the city of brotherly love featuring locations all around the city. Marty talks with JAKE BLUMGART, a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia who has written about the movie’s depiction of poverty in Philadelphia. We’ll also hear from FRANK KUBACH, the owner of Front Street Gym in Kensington where scenes for the movie were shot and TERRENCE LEWIS, a trainer at Front Street Gym and a former heavyweight fighter about the Rocky movies and Philadelphia’s boxing culture -...
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