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February 14, 2006
ONE OF the most-talked-about topics in barbershops around the city is gun violence. The streets are starting to look like a war zone. Our young males are killing themselves at an alarming rate. Just last year, we lost 380 people to violence. We've already lost a significant number in the first month of this year. Rev. Jesse Jackson tried to help by making our country aware of the need to keep the assault-weapon ban alive. But it was shot down by Congress in 2004. But guns don't kill - people do!
NEWS
June 30, 2010
A barbershop quartet consists of a tenor, a lead, a baritone and a bass who sing a capella. The four-part harmonic troupe became popular in the 1890s. Although interest in the genre has spread across the world, singing in colloquial American English is a must. What sets barbershop quartets apart from other a capella groups is their intricate detail, said Eric Herr, public-relations chairman for the host committee of the convention here. "All four members are singing the exact same lyrics most of the time, whereas in a capella groups different sections sing different parts at the same time," he said.
NEWS
March 12, 2001 | Daily News Wire and Staff Report
Police said the man killed in a Wilmington barbershop, along with a 5-year-old boy, Friday night had been involved in a previous shooting with the man being sought for questioning in the killings. Police were searching for Bruce Stewart, 26, of Wilmington, who they said should be considered "armed and dangerous. " Cops said Stewart and the dead man, Darnell Evans, 28, of Newark, Del., were charged with attempted murder after a Dec. 26 shooting in Wilmington. Evans was free on bail.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The miraculous thing about The Salon - a distaff Barber Shop adapted from the Shelley Garrett play, Beauty Shop - is that customers actually emerge with new dos. That's because the amount of talking, fighting and fretting going on in this storefront shop is endless: debates about child rearing and corporal punishment, about homophobia and gay rights, about African American achievements in science and history, about marriage, adultery,...
NEWS
April 19, 2001 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Michigan Jake, an award-winning barbershop quartet, will harmonize at 8 p.m. tomorrow and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday in "A Heritage of Harmony," a concert hosted by the North Pennsmen at Souderton Area High School, 41 School Lane, Souderton. The 70-member North Pennsmen also will perform. Both groups will sing barbershop favorites. Admission is $12; $10 tomorrow for seniors and students, $10 for matinee. For information, call 215-393-1940 or visit the Web site at www.harmonize.com/NorthPennsmen.
NEWS
April 17, 2008
RE THE recently highlighted statements by the pastor of presidential candidate Barack Obama's longtime church: The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a black man who came up in the times of protesting for human and civil rights. The '60s helped change the world we live. In those days, even Martin Luther King Jr. was considered a troublemaker by many. Some of his sermons created bus boycotts, rallies and sit-ins at restaurants where blacks weren't allowed. For a black man in those days, just getting something to eat from a restaurant could cause serious problems that might lead to violence or death.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
WE ARE TRYING to have a mayoral election in Philadelphia, so, outsiders, please back off! Please allow us the right to have an objective, honest and decent election that will be respected by all Philadelphians. I am proud to be a Philadelphian, but when you ruffle our feathers, we come out fighting. The FBI bug on the mayor's office has awakened a sleeping giant. The citizens of this city are ready to fight! Getting to the polls will be like putting on the boxing gloves. I am looking for a large turnout because of the seemingly unfair tactics that are being used by outsiders.
NEWS
November 6, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jacob J. Cugliotta, 91, a Palmyra barbershop owner for 32 years who was known for his kind deeds, died Friday at Rancocas Hospital, Willingboro. A Palmyra resident, Mr. Cugliotta owned and operated his barbershop at three locations on Broad Street over the years. The shop was known as either Jake's Barber Shop or Superior Barber Shop. Mr. Cugliotta started his own business in 1928 and at one point had four barbers working for him. He retired in 1970 because of illness. While he was barbering, Mr. Cugliotta developed a reputation for his regular visits to Zurbrugg Hospital, where he would give free haircuts and shaves on his day off. "If he had a customer who was ill, he would go to the hospital and while there, he would clean up the whole floor," said his son, Jack P. Cugliotta of Palmyra.
NEWS
October 1, 2001
IN BARBERSHOPS all around the world, people are talking about the current terrorist attacks on America. One of my customers, Kevin Bowser of Wynnefield, was on the 94th floor in Building 1 of the World Trade Center. He is among the missing. At my barbershop, we have discussed the pains that many Americans of every religious and ethnic group have suffered. People come from all over the world just to become Ameri- cans. Multiculturalism is on the rise. This country has a great opportunity to become the seed of a new beginning for the entire world.
NEWS
November 1, 2002 | By ELMER SMITH
UP TO NOW, the overblown controversy about the movie "Barbershop" was silly. But it just turned stupid. It was silly when civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton risked their reputations and moral authority on a threatened boycott of this lightweight but entertaining film. It was almost as silly as a "controversial" scene in which an aging loudmouth overplayed by Cedric the Entertainer made disparaging comments about civil rights icons Rev. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Jackson.
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NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2016 | By Tre'vell Anderson, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
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.
NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
March 18, 2012 | By Shaj Mathew, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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