February 4, 2016 |
We're keeping our fingers crossed that the film Brotherly Love takes home the NAACP Image Award Friday night for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Not only is Overbrook High School the backdrop, but a makeup artist in the film - executive produced by Queen Latifah and starring Keke Palmer - is Northern Liberties' own Shannon Thompson . "I'm excited ... I'm super excited," said Thompson Wednesday morning, hours before she planned to hop on a plane to Los Angeles for the 47th celebration of African American superstardom held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
January 18, 2016 |
Nearly 14 years ago, Mayor John Street upset many white Philadelphians with off-the-cuff remarks he excitedly made at a national convention of the NAACP. "Let me tell you," he said, "the brothers and sisters are running the city. Oh, yes. Running it! Don't you let nobody fool you; we are in charge of the City of Brotherly Love. We are in charge! We are in charge!" Councilman Jim Kenney called Street's comments "a general divisive, nasty message to the people who live in the city and the people who live around the city.
November 1, 2015 |
Phil Alvin's heart flatlined during a 2012 tour. That near-death experience resurrected his artistic partnership with his younger brother, Dave. Once noted for their disagreements and infighting, the Alvins demonstrated sibling revelry and respect on stage at World Café Live on Thursday night. The nearly two-hour set, performed with their backing band the Guilty Ones, played to the brothers' strengths. The co-founders of the roots-rock band the Blasters reunited last year for the Grammy-nominated album Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy . Their follow-up album, Lost Time , delves deeper into the American music that is part of their artistic DNA. At 62, Phil remains a powerful and versatile singer, sounding like an Old Testament prophet on "World's in a Bad Condition," a revved-up recasting of the Golden Gate Quartet's gospel standard.
October 27, 2015 |
Cheer up, Philadelphia. Or at least drop your fists and weapons. A day of kindness is at hand - a day devoted to encouraging hard-bitten city dwellers to smile, to embrace their brothers and sisters, to go out of their way not only to help one another but to support organizations that need fresh supplies and strong backs. "Kindness is contagious," said J Nathan Bazzel. So is the flu. But Bazzel, executive director of the official Day of Kindness, says he's counting on a kindness-begets-kindness current to flood the city with caring and compassion on Tuesday.
October 1, 2015 |
TWO WEEKS earlier, Chase d'Arnaud was just grateful to return to the major leagues, a week after his minor league season at Triple A Lehigh Valley ended. The 28-year-old d'Arnaud had played in only 16 big-league games since 2011 when he was added to the roster after Cesar Hernandez suffered a season-ending thumb injury. But d'Arnaud's return to the big leagues came with a bonus for the final week of the season: His younger brother and parents arrived at Citizens Bank Park yesterday.
August 4, 2015 |
SOCIAL MEDIA was in an uproar yesterday about the "death" of hitchBOT, a traveling robot created by Ryerson University of Toronto, Canada, on the mean streets of Philly. HitchBOT was destroyed by vandals this weekend as he made his way through the City of Brotherly Love. He was last seen alive near Elfreth's Alley. Here's what Twitter had to say: * @ NHLFl@yera : "Smh the classless city of Philadelphia threw snowballs at santa and also murdered @hitchBOT. " * @philebrity: "Thank you, Philly, for killing @hitchBOT.
August 3, 2015
ISSUE | PAPAL MATTERS Costs covered It's hard to believe The Inquirer used a couple pages and a flattering photo from 1979 to praise a lawyer who sued the city over the visit of Pope John Paul II ("Ensuring separation of church, state," July 26). What was the point other than irritating those excited about Pope Francis' visit? No one wants to hear about 1979 hippies, civil-liberties zealots, and other fringe groups vs. a truly important 2015 event. The city already has said it is being reimbursed for the expenses of the papal events.
July 29, 2015 |
SOMETIMES you make grand plans, and then life happens, as former Daily News reporter Sheila Simmons can attest. When I met her, back in 1991, she was a business reporter and Miss "It" around town, active in such organizations as the Urban League Young Professionals and also the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. The bashes she threw were famous. Our group of friends was sad when she left the City of Brotherly Love, in 1994, for a plum gig at the Cleveland Plain Dealer covering entertainment.
May 7, 2015 |
ON THE HEELS of being "discovered" and being an "overnight success" after 44 years as an actress, thanks to the "Insidious" films - the third of which comes out June 5 - Lin Shaye is in the spotlight and doing the pop-culture convention circuit for the last time. Last month, she was part of a panel at WonderCon, in Anaheim, Calif., which she says was "wild. " "There was a kid standing there with a lobster on his head asking a serious question," Shaye said, laughing. "It was a little hard to keep from cracking up. " Whether such a memorable experience is in store for the venerable actress at this year's Wizard World Philly Con this weekend is unknown.
May 1, 2015 |
On the heels of being "discovered" and being an "overnight success" after 44 years as an actress, thanks to the "Insidious" films - the third of which comes out June 5 - Lin Shaye is in the spotlight and doing the pop-culture convention circuit for the last time. Last month, she was part of a panel at WonderCon, in Anaheim, Calif., which she says was "wild. " "There was a kid standing there with a lobster on his head asking a serious question," Shaye said, laughing. "It was a little hard to keep from cracking up. " Whether such a memorable experience is in store for the venerable actress at this year's Wizard World Philly Con this weekend is unknown.