During the brief announcement, Jay-Z, — born Shawn Carter, a rapper and music mogul who now owns part of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team — spoke of his affinity for Philadelphia; his collaboration with Will Smith and James Lassiter on their production company, Overbrook Entertainment; and also Philly rapper Freeway, who joined him onstage. Freeway was signed to Jay’s Roc-A-Fella Records.
Afterward, Jay-Z ignored media but shook hands with fans who had been watching from behind a barrier. Nutter told Daily News reporter Catherine Lucey that this concert was a big event for Philly.
“He’s Jay-Z,” Nutter said. “He could be in any city or country in the world. He chose Philadelphia.”
Asked whether the event would be a political rally for President Obama, like Jay-Z’s 2008 campaign event in North Philly, Nutter said: “It’s a lot of stuff we’re still talking about. That’s another discussion. That was a specific political event. This is the Made in America event. Obviously Jay-Z is very much aware this is 2012.”
Nutter had only one request for the concert lineup. “Jay-Z is part of a quite dynamic couple. I think having Beyoncé in Philadelphia would just be incredible.”
Jill Michal, president and CEO of the United Way of Southeast Pennsylvania, said details on revenue coming to United Way were still being worked out but conversations with Jay-Z about the event began months ago.
Heidi Klum coming Thursday
Newly single supermodel and “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum will be in the area Thursday pitching her new jewelry collection under her Wildlife by Heidi Klum brand on QVC.
Sneaker guy on ‘Shark Tank’
Cherry Hill native Gary Gagnon seeks funds for his line of recyclable sneakers from ABC’s “Shark Tank” on Friday (8 p.m., 6ABC). The former Moorestown High vice principal moved to North Carolina 10 years ago and has invented what he calls the only “Landfill-Free Sneakers.” Gagnon’s REMYXX sneakers are 100 percent recyclable.
They are as yet unavailable to the public as he lacked funds to launch the company.
Gagnon couldn’t reveal how he fared with “Shark Tank” financiers Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, but is certainly happy for the exposure.
For more info on REMYXX, visit RemyxxSneakers.com.
‘Cold Blood’ covers Schieber
The 1998 homicide of Wharton student Shannon Schieber will be featured on Investigation Discovery’s “Cold Blood” at 9 p.m. Thursday. Retired District Attorney Lynne Abraham is among those interviewed on the special, as are Inquirer reporter Craig McCoy, several police detectives and Schieber’s parents, Sylvester and Vicky.
Troy Graves confessed and was convicted in 2002 of raping and murdering Schieber as well as committing a series of other rapes in Center City between 1997 and 1999.
He is serving a life sentence in Colorado, where he was convicted of robbery before his murder and rape convictions in Philadelphia. n
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