Tariq Trotter a/k/a Black Thought, The Roots main MC said he had worked with the Anti-Graffiti Network which later morphed into Mural Arts after getting busted writing graffiti in his youth. Trotter said he used to write Dash and Dasher but said he had no inclination to write on walls any longer.
Frequent Roots collaborator Dice Raw, who released a solo single Friday called "Rear Window," also showed up to the Wall Ball, as did James Poyser, Frank Knuckles, and original Roots bassist Leonard "Hub" Hubbard.
The event raised about $330,000 for the Mural Arts Program. Dice said he used to write Dice and also KRL a play off his given name Karl Jenkins and says he got up on walls all over the city. Like Trotter, he said those days were way behind him.
The group stopped at Wall Ball after rehearsals for the Roots Picnic which was held Saturday and Sunday at Festival Pier with the group playing its own set and backing De La Soul on Saturday and backing Rakim Sunday night.
Keith Russell out at 6ABC
6ABC sports anchor Keith Russell informed Action News management Friday afternoon that he will be leaving the station July 31.
We’re told that Russell, a West Oak Lane native and Central High graduate, is heading to Washington, D.C. for a new opportunity, though we’re not yet certain whether it’s a job in television or not.
6ABC News Director Tom Davis emailed staffers Friday to announce Russell’s departure at the end of next month.
However, we hear Russell, who came to 6ABC in 2005 after working 6 years at ESPN, might not be seen again on Action News.
We were unable to reach Russell for comment.
Out and about
Actor Mark Ruffalo and his son stopped at Zento (132 Chestnut) for dinner Friday after a trip down from New York to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ruffalo, who can be seen in theaters now playing Hulk in "Avengers," went for two cocktails and edamame and avocado salad appetizers along with spring rolls and plenty of sushi. With his young son on his lap, Ruffalo watched Akira Kurosawa’s "Ran" on the black and white TVs above. He chatted with Zento’s Darin Picorella, who co-owns the Old City spot along with Sam Ho.
Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo, who co-star in TNT’s new "Dallas" series, toured the Betsy Ross House, HeadHouse Square, Elfreth’s Alley and passed by the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall but didn’t wait in line to go inside Sunday afternoon. The pair are here promoting the show which premieres June 13. The actresses shopped along Rittenhouse Row, which Brewster did in 2004 while in town shooting "Annapolis." Afterward, they ended up at Tony Luke’s (Front & Oregon) for cheesesteaks. On Saturday night they introduced country artists Chris Young and Kix Brooks at the 92.5 WXTU anniversary concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
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