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Up and Coming Artist Series: Willem Cousineau

(01/11/21 2:00am)

Willem Cousineau, a senior at Masterman High School, is making his mark on Philadelphia’s young music scene. In addition to producing for his band Mystic Prize, Willem has just released his first solo album, “This City Belongs To You!”. “TCBTY!” features vocals from a collection of Philly musicians with a twist of Willem’s unique electronic-jazz sound. I sat down with Willem (over the phone) to discuss his career from early upbringings as a struggling fifth-grade violinist to his impressive new releases.

Philadelphians, It’s Time to be Rizzo-free

(05/25/20 8:10pm)

The Frank Rizzo statue, which many Philadelphians urged to be relocated after the Charlottesville riots in 2017, will remain in its original spot until at least 2021. Frank Rizzo was a colorful figure in Philadelphia politics and a man who our city will never forget - both for reasons positive and negative - depending on who you ask. Born to an Italian-American South Philadelphia family in 1920, Rizzo’s professional career remains controversial in Philadelphia politics. He served as the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department before being elected mayor in 1971. Seven months after Frank Rizzo’s death in 1991, a group of Rizzo’s supporters planned the construction of a massive ten-foot, 2,000-pound statue of the former mayor that would soon find its home on the steps of the city’s Municipal Services Building. Before I learned about Frank Rizzo’s checkered role in Philadelphia politics, his statue represented nothing more to me than a city commemorating a seemingly stern, waving man. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago when I watched a documentary titled Amateur Night at City Hall: The Story of Frank L. Rizzo, that I realized the complex man Frank Rizzo truly was.