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The Inside Scoop: 09-27-21 Download

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Sherri Darden’s life story is what you would consider a definite Cinderella Story… Our publisher is a product of the City of Philadelphia, who grow up throughout the city primarily in North Central Philadelphia in Johnson Homes projects and 24th & Berks Streets. Sherri Darden is the product of Philadelphia, her family lived in several areas throughout the city, from Mt. Airy, to West and East Oak Lane, Germantown, and North Philadelphia. She has lived the trials and tribulations of growing up in the city and has loved and has lost… And in-spite of all that she saw and lived growing up in Philadelphia, she is a success story… She brings her value of life and knowledge of Life’s Challenges, but also its triumphs to Scoop each and every day… And these things are what prompted her to take on Mr. Driver’s legacy to continue to promote the “Good” in our communities.

At the age of twenty-six, after losing her grandmother, Sherri was blessed with a part time job, working with Scoop’s Founder, Sonny Driver, for over 20 years. Brought together by Faith and Destiny, Sonny Driver spent over 20 years mentoring Sherri. When he became ill in 2018, she pledged to continue his legacy “The Legacy of Scoop USA Newspaper…”

Sherri’s began working with Mr. Driver in 1996 as a typist. Shortly after, the Typesetter left the office, leaving Sherri and Mr. Driver to buckle down and get the paper to press. As a novice, it was not an easy time, and the paper even made it to press a day late a time or two… but we made it through, just the two of us. After the initial years of learning to typeset there were other staff changes, and Sherri remained on staff as a part time employee. She worked as the typesetter and bookkeeper and did whatever was needed. As the years passed and Mr. Driver became older, he did less and less of the typesetting himself, instead he would watch and provide instructions. As you can imagine, during this time Sherri and Mr. Driver had become very close and, in fact, she viewed him as a surrogate father…

In November 2017, Sherri Darden took the helm of the city of Philadelphia’s second oldest Black Community Newspaper. After working for Scoop for over 20 years under the direction of the Founding Publisher, Sherri Darden, purchased Scoop and committed to continuing the legacy of educating our communities during Mr. Driver’s last days.

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