Natalie Hope McDonald


Natalie Hope McDonald is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. You can reach her at and on Twitter @NatalieMcD.

February 12, 2018


Philly's new, live talk show: expect to laugh and learn

WIth "Dr. Young Unpacks," which kicks off Feb. 16 at CSz Philadelphia on Sansom Street, Danna G. Young takes her cue from television’s most popular satirists to date like Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee.

December 14, 2017


Kenyatta makes it official: he's seeking relative's 181st district seat

"As an advocate and organizer, I’ve tried to push, pull, and partner with elected officials, community leaders, and my neighbors to plot a path forward," he says. "But there are limits to what I can do from the outside."

December 14, 2017


Napping on the job and more health and wellness tips for 2018

It may seem that every new year there are brand new nuggets of advice about how to lose weight, get healthy and eat well – everything from eating more plant-based meals to cutting back on gluten and dairy. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the onslaught of advice and mixed messages.

December 12, 2017


Does the Philly theater community have a race problem?

Artists of color are feeling left out as arts organizations realize they need to be more inclusive.

December 1, 2017


Hahnemann launches new transgender health training

When Dr. Kathy Rumer began working with transgender patients a decade ago, she was a lone wolf, operating at mostly small community hospitals.

November 2, 2017


South Jersey developer is a Hall of Famer in business and leisure

An avid fisherman, the founder and CEO of The Michaels Organization in southern New Jersey is a vocal advocate for affordable housing and animal welfare.

November 1, 2017


One year later: Strides made on Gayborhood racism, but work still to be done

A year ago, leaders and community members gathered to address allegations of rampant racism in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood bars and nonprofit organizations. And though only a small fraction of that original crowd showed up at the Gershman Y last Thursday, the latest forum was focused on the results of an intense 12-month effort.

October 12, 2017


Rethinking rape culture: stop putting the onus on women

I remember being a freshman in college and having to sit through one of those sexual ethics workshops they often introduce to first-year students who are new to campus. The moderator mostly focused on the differences between consensual and nonconsensual sex – pretty standard stuff that I had heard a zillion times before.

October 11, 2017


Philly filmmaker woos Hollywood bigs, but she needs your help

When Michelle Pollino left Philly for L.A., it was bittersweet.

August 28, 2017


Were Philly gay bar owners unfairly targeted by city?

You can't get into U-Bahn on a Friday or Saturday night if you're wearing a hat or work boots.

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