May 29, 2016
ROBERT "WOODY" Woodard's barbershop is a Wynnefield fixture, with a clientele of the famous and the not-so-famous. He treats them all the same. Michael Jackson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, singer Nina Simone, and former Sixers Moses Malone and Charles Barkley have all sat in Woody's chair. One photo in the shop shows Michael Jackson posed in Woodard's 1947 Cadillac. Another shows Woodard and Simone propped on the hood. Woodard is founder of Barbershop Talk Human Family Day, an annual spring celebration of racial unity.
April 26, 2016 |
The formula for so-called black films is both specific and ill-defined: Jenifer Lewis, Lynn Whitfield, or Loretta Devine lead a mostly black cast, with Taye Diggs or Morris Chestnut in there somewhere. Spike Lee or Tyler Perry is writer, director, and star. Every character hides her purse around cousin Pookie, and prayer is the only substitute for a doctor's visit. There's often also a Soul Train line to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly's "Before I Let Go" and plenty of sassy neck rolling to go around.
April 16, 2016
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. With Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Common, Eve, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Anderson. Distributed by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Running time: 1 hour, 52 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (sexual content and profanity). Playing at: Area theaters.
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 26, 2015 |
Through high-tech means and good old-fashioned conversation, African American men visiting Philadelphia barbershops will soon be encouraged to "cut through" the misinformation about the political process and restyle their often-negative thinking about elections and civic engagement. The project, called Sharp Insight, just won a $250,000 Knight News Challenge grant, designed to get politically cynical and disengaged black men interested in the civic process and back to the polling booths.
November 8, 2014 |
Philip Scott Ward, 69, of Lansdale, a longtime television director, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, of brain cancer at his home. Born in Spencer, W.Va., he graduated from Spencer High School. Mr. Ward began his career in 1960 as a disc jockey in a small radio station in Spencer, where he worked with the country music singer and songwriter Tom T. Hall. While attending Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., Mr. Ward was employed by WSAZ-TV in various positions before becoming a television director.
October 15, 2014 |
A NORTHEAST Philly barbershop owner was fighting for his life last night after he was shot inside his business, police said. Just before 9 p.m., police were called to Castor's Finest Barbershop, on Castor Avenue near Friendship Street, after receiving reports that a man had been shot inside, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Inside the shop, which was closed, they found the 33-year-old owner collapsed, Small said. He had been shot four times in the head, left shoulder and left thigh.
April 3, 2013 |
A man who ran a cocaine distribution ring with his brother out of a Wayne barbershop was sentenced Monday to 18 to 36 years in state prison. Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter issued the sentence after a jury found Michael Dennis, 36, of Wayne, guilty in January of 19 charges, including multiple felony drug charges. The drug operation that Dennis and his brother, Anthony, 41, ran out of a barbershop on Upper Gulph Road had customers in Montgomery and Chester Counties and Philadelphia, said Assistant District Attorney Jason Whalley.
April 15, 2012 |
Having cut hair in downtown Camden for six decades, Albert Ferrante isn't quite ready to hang up his scissors. He'll keep seeing private clients after a younger stylist named Lucy Jimenez starts renting the landmark tonsorial parlor with the working barber pole on Market Street. The high-ceilinged shop is named for Ferrante's father, Vincent, who worked there until a day or two before he died in 1984. "He would like the fact that the shop is going to be full time again," says Ferrante, 73, who has been open only a few hours a week in recent years.
March 18, 2012 |
At first glance, Room 606 of this Drexel University high-rise looks like a typical college pad along John F. Kennedy Boulevard. Strewn about the spartan yet spacious apartment are guitars, hundreds of vinyl records, fast-food leftovers on the kitchen table, a PlayStation, and a fish tank. Then there is the full-size barber chair - in the bathroom. This is not some curio like the vinyl collection, though. Drexel sophomore Manny Okyere, 19, runs his own barbershop out of the oversize bathroom that he shares with three roommates.