Brandon writes about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia's marginalized communities.

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Cleansing the body and spirit: Gold + Water Co. is Philly’s new handcrafted soap business

“Soap is a vehicle to deliver the message that you are luxury. Your wellbeing is what’s most important," says Chartel Findlater, founder of Gold + Water.

Netflix acquires Idris Elba’s shot-in-Philly ‘Concrete Cowboy' movie

The film made a splash last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rapper Common was in Philly Friday because he wants you to vote

Acclaimed rapper Common performed at Philly's City Hall to encourage people to vote early.

A nationally touring exhibit brings a Kehinde Wiley sculpture to West Philly

“It’s just right that a place that so many of us call home gets a great piece of art by an acclaimed artist," said activist Shakira King of "Rumors of War," temporarily at 52nd and Locust Streets.

Chef Abou Kouyaté is the Imperial restaurant’s secret ingredient

The chef from Lancaster's Imperial Restaurant is participating in Black Restaurant Week Philly.

Harriett’s Bookshop is reopening with a sit-in demonstration

After closing in March because of pandemic restrictions, Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown will reopen Monday at 4 p.m. with a sit-in demonstration that features noteworthy speakers and musicians.

Queer activist Gloria Casarez’s mural in Philly’s Gayborhood will be torn down soon

A mural of beloved activist Gloria Casarez is the latest to be destroyed by property redevelopment.

In 1807, N.J. women and free people of color lost the right to vote. The Museum of the American Revolution explores why.

"When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story" runs through April 25 and explores the complicated story of voting rights in N.J. during the decades following the Revolutionary War.

Cranberry Woods and Spice Poached Pear: Mount Airy Candle Co. is ‘hand-poured and uniquely scented’

In only two years, Mount Airy Candle Co. has seen “tremendous growth,” according to owner Marques Davis.

West Philly just got a huge Afro pick sculpture. It could be in your neighborhood next.

The sculpture was designed by Hank Willis Thomas and is part of a touring art program called Monumental, helmed by Kindred Arts and Little Giant Creative.