Gamechangers

(J. Donald Dumpson, a composer, musician, and scholar, is music director at Arch Street Presbyterian Church.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: J. Donald Dumpson

The more Dumpson studied music and mastered his art, the more he began to wonder about why black composers weren’t in the mainstream of concert repertoire.

02/11/2014

(Linda Cliatt-Wayman, principal of Strawberry Mansion High School.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Before Linda Cliatt-Wayman changed the game for Strawberry Mansion High School, it had spent six consecutive years on the city’s “most dangerous schools” list.

02/10/2014

(Donna Frisby-Greenwood, Philadelphia program director for the Knight Foundation.   Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Donna Frisby-Greenwood

Three years ago, Donna Frisby-Greenwood became program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Philadelphia.

02/07/2014

(The WYAA board of directors.  Back row, L-R: Tyrone Gunby, Thomas Jones, Kevin Jackson.  Front row: Teleia Gunby, Nikele Jones, Ebony Barnes, Sunny Vespico.  Not shown: Dan King.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: The Wolves Youth Athletic Association

Some Southwest Philadelphia parents are using football to keep kids out of trouble.

02/06/2014

(Jerome Shabazz.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Jerome Shabazz

In 2006, this former Philadelphia Water Department employee helped to transform a trash-strewn lot on Lancaster Avenue into the urban oasis which is home to the Overbrook Art and Environmental Education Center.

02/05/2014

(Alexa Grabelle, in 2014 photo by KYW's Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Alexa Grabelle

She’s only 12, but she is making a difference in her community by gathering donated books for kids who don’t have anything at home to read.

02/04/2014

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CBS3/CW Philly And KYW Newsradio 1060 Celebrate Black History Month By Showcasing “Philadelphia Gamechangers”

CBS 3, The CW Philly and KYW Newsradio 1060 will highlight 10 individuals who have “changed the game” for the African-American community in the Greater Philadelphia area in celebration of Black History Month.

02/03/2014

(Archye Leacock, founder and executive director of the Institute for the Development of African American Youth.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Archye Leacock

The founder of the Institute for the Development of African-American Youth lost his eyesight to glaucoma at age 14. But the Trinidad-born scholar says his mother didn’t let his disability stop him.

02/03/2014

(Some previous "Gamechangers."  Photos by Cherri Gregg)

KYW Newsradio Opens Nominations For 2014 Black History Month ‘Gamechangers’

Who do you know who has changed the Black community for the better this past year?

12/18/2013

(The Rev. Brian Jenkins.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: Feeding the Hungry and Homeless

Rev. Brian Jenkins and his wife founded Chosen 300 Ministries in 1996, and have been providing meals, prayer sessions, and fellowship for the homeless ever since.

02/15/2013

(Helen and Ali Salahuddin, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: The D’Zert Club

CBS Philly celebrates Black History Month with these profiles of notable Philadelphia “gamechangers,” people and organizations making a difference in the lives of the city’s African-Americans. . By Cherri Gregg PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The “d’Zert […]

02/14/2013

(Greg Corbin.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: Poetry for Youth

The Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement is changing the game for young people, one verse at a time.

02/13/2013

(Darren Laws, left, and Isam Keith Smith at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: ‘The Mission’

Three years ago, Darren Laws (left) started The Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving young people in Chester, Pa.

02/12/2013

(Marcus Allen, CEO of ACHIEVEability, outside one of the nonprofit group's residence projects.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: ACHIEVEability

AchieveAbility was founded more than 30 years ago with a mission of a providing housing for single, homeless parents. The group now helps families permanently break the cycle of poverty through education, parenting classes, financial literacy, and more.

02/11/2013

(Suzzette Ortiz rehearses with her concert choir at the Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, in Camden.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: Suzzette Ortiz

Musician and teacher Suzzette Ortiz is changing the game for her students in Camden, NJ, one song at a time.

02/08/2013

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