Natalie Hope McDonald


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

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.

August 25, 2017


Vegan chili, Jersey style

When he found himself staring at the grocery store shelves wondering why there were so few meat-free chilis, Mitch Wolinsky decided to do something about it. He launched Manolo's Best Farmstand Chili with his wife Yvette. Their goal? To create a line of chili that would be more flavorful, made with high-quality organic ingredients and that wouldn’t irritate his stomach like most of the brands he regrettably taste-tested.

August 16, 2017


A serious question for white liberals, post-Charlottesville

I have a question for the liberal white people in the room (you know who you are):

August 11, 2017


Sexual misconduct allegations continue to haunt Mazzoni Center

Workers at Philly's LGBTQ health facility expressed their intent to seek union representation.

August 1, 2017

Atlantic City

Doubling down on Atlantic City: Live Nation puts $$$ where its mouth is

If someone were to place a big bet on A.C.’s future, the odds might be on live entertainment and the beach, a combination that truly sets A.C. apart.

May 26, 2017


First LGBTQ 'community conversation' packs William Way

First LGBTQ 'community conversation' packs William Way

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