September 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey addressed the controversial topics of criminal justice reform and police brutality at a barber shop recently, and a brief video of his comments has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. Ramsey took questions from visitors to Hewitts Barbershop in the West Oak Lane neighborhood as he sat in the barber's seat getting a haircut Wednesday . "Yeah, I got bad cops, no doubt about that," Ramsey said after noting that African Americans killed by police represent a minuscule fraction of African American homicide victims.
September 4, 2015
IS KANYE WEST your favorite rapper? Using hair clippers and a sharp-edge razor, master barber Kenny Duncan will carve a portrait of Yeezy himself right into the back of your hair. If an image of Pope Francis is more to your liking, Duncan can incorporate his holy face into your next haircut, too. Over the years, Duncan has clipped President Obama's likeness as well as those of basketball greats Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan into people's hair. More into furry friends? Not a problem.
September 1, 2015
W ILLIAM BROWN, 34, of Laverock, Montgomery County, owns the Duke Barber Co. He opened the first shop in 2009 in the Piazza at Schmidt's, in Northern Liberties, and opened a second location Aug. 8 at Germantown and Willow Grove avenues, in Chestnut Hill. Brown's grandfather and father both owned barbershops in the city, and he started working in a shop when he was 12, sweeping floors. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I got my barber's license about 10 years ago and started working in shops around the city.
July 5, 2015 |
Carl Adams, 49, of Southwest Philadelphia, has been homeless for much of the past year, since he was released from prison. "When I got out, family and friends were gone," Adams said. Despite lacking a home and family, Adams got an important boost last week: a makeover from a traveling salon that provides free hair washes, cuts, color, and styling. In preparation for a meeting with a lawyer, Adams got a beard trim and a haircut in a blue-and-white trailer in the parking lot of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, on 13th Street north of Vine Street.
April 23, 2015 |
Members of a Philadelphia police narcotics squad held Rodolfo Blanco for nearly a week in a guarded airport motel room, while he lured drug suppliers from as far away as Florida to eventual arrests. But whether that operation was an appropriately supervised drug investigation in which officers took great effort to protect their cooperating witness or, as Blanco described it in federal court Tuesday, an outright abduction and shakedown, depends on who was telling the tale. "I had to do what they said - those are literally the words they used - if I wanted to see my family again," he said through a Spanish interpreter.
April 23, 2015 |
RODOLFO BLANCO, a Frankford barber with neck tattoos, repeatedly told a federal jury yesterday that he did whatever the plainclothes narcotics cops wanted him to do - including staying in a hotel near the airport against his will - out of fear. "I had to do what I had to do for fear of my life, my children," he said, speaking through a Spanish interpreter at the trial of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers. Blanco, 40, who lived with his wife and five kids on the second and third floors above his barbershop, testified that more than 10 cops raided his home on the evening of Feb. 28, 2006, including five who wore masks.
March 6, 2015 |
THERE WAS something strange about that hair tonic Charlie Zebrowski was splashing on the heads of his fellow sailors aboard the destroyer USS Coughlin. A case of it had been sent to him by a cousin when he learned that Charlie was the ship's unofficial barber, keeping the other sailors trim for inspections. There was something different about the tonic all right. It was booze! An honest mistake? Or his cousin's idea of a good joke? Whatever, Charlie soon became the most popular man on a ship that often saw action in World War II. Even officers stopped into Charlie's makeshift barbershop for a cut - and a sip. There was one thing that Charlie Zebrowski appreciated and that was a good joke.
February 27, 2015
EVERYTHING about Don's Barber Shop in Mount Holly, N.J., is vintage - from the 50-year-old burgundy barber chairs to the old-style cash register that's been there 40 years, to owner Don Thompson himself, who has been cutting hair there for almost six decades. "I got my first haircut there in 1979, and I started taking my son, Nicholas, 3, to Don's when he was 2 years old," said Jason Carty, 38, the fire chief of Westampton Township. "The place is a pillar of Mount Holly," he said.
February 11, 2015 |
There was no Schubert, no Hugo Wolf. By starting with Beethoven and wending a pleasant path through Liszt, Satie and Frank Bridge, tenor Matthew Polenzani and pianist Julius Drake surveyed the lieder road less traveled. Not one of the composers on Friday night's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital in the Perelman would become best known for the genre; Liszt conquered the piano, Ravel the orchestra, and Beethoven, well, almost everything. And yet, what gems. Adelaide, Op. 46 , is a relatively early Beethoven work of great sophistication, an energetic burst of yearning in which the singer sees and hears his love object and nature as one. So, too, the performers.
October 16, 2014 |
A Northeast Philadelphia barbershop owner who was shot four times at his store Monday night told police the man who shot him had first asked for a haircut, police said. Just before 9 p.m. Monday, police arrived at Castor's Finest Barbershop on the 7100 block of Castor Avenue, where they found the shop's owner suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest, thigh, and shoulder, and a graze wound to the head. The victim, 33, told police a man had come into the store and asked for a haircut, police said.