August 5, 2014 |
Emonie offers a self-assessment: "I am funny and smart!" What she neglects to mention is that, at 16, she also is a beauty, with big, brown eyes that sparkle and a dazzling smile. To those attributes, add a creative streak, which has led her into a variety of activities. She is learning how to scrapbook, but she already excels at crocheting - so much so that Emonie, who has the makings of a fine teacher, delights in showing her younger classmates how to do it. Her social worker describes her as a good communicator, as well as an honest person.
November 19, 2013 |
THE CAMDEN Sophisticated Sisters (CSS) drill team really has been kicking it lately. Just this year alone, CSS members delivered high-energy performances on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," "Good Morning America" and the "Steve Harvey Show. " Stop for a second and let that sink in. These aren't pros. I'm talking about kids, some barely as high as my knee. They live in one of the roughest cities in America and practice in an abandoned water tower. Yet, the Sophisticated Sisters drill team is beating the stereotypes - about their hometown and about kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
May 26, 2013 |
The members of the Gold Coast Buccaneers drill team did not cry. Instead, the elementary students stomped, clapped, and chanted to remember their slain drill master, gunned down three months ago in West Philadelphia. This class was the last one Gregory Scott taught the steps he had grown up practicing. Scott, 55, affectionately known as "Chops," organized a school version of the drill team, known as the Gold Coast Funkateers, at the Samuel B. Huey Elementary School just a month before he was killed Feb. 27. The shooting was allegedly a culmination of a dispute between Scott and his cousin James Scott III. James Scott and another man are charged with murder and await trial.
May 3, 2013 |
TAWANDA "WAWA" Jones would always joke that the drill team she founded, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters (CSS), was ready to make its Hollywood debut. On Tuesday, that aspirational joke became reality when the CSS girls taught the celebs how it was done on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " The eight ladies from South Jersey performed a stunning number to Beyonce 's "Get Me Bodied. " To see a video of their performance, go to ph.ly/CamdenDWTS. Jones still can't believe her troupe made it to prime time.
April 15, 2013 |
The girls on the crowded stage at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County looked tense and frustrated as they tried to replicate the complicated dance moves members of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters drill team were demonstrating. About 100 girls ages 3 to 18 had come Saturday to audition for the team, which has been featured on CNN and NBC as a bright spot in a troubled city. Tawanda "Wa-Wa" Jones, who founded the team 26 years ago, had not let the prospective members in on a little secret: Almost all would get in. "This is not about the trophies," Jones said as she supervised from below the stage.
April 14, 2013 |
The girls on the crowded stage at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County looked tense and frustrated as they tried to replicate the complicated dance moves members of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters drill team were demonstrating. About a hundred girls aged 3 to 18 had come Saturday to audition for the team, which has been featured on CNN and NBC as a bright spot in a troubled city. Tawanda "Wa-Wa" Jones, who founded the team 26 years ago, hadn't let the prospective members in on a little secret: Almost all of them would get in. "This is not about the trophies...," Jones said as she supervised from below the stage.
April 7, 2013 |
SHORTLY BEFORE Gregory Scott was killed in February, he asked a few close friends to help him revive the Gold Coast Buccaneers, a drill team that he had been part of since the 1960s. Scott, 55, wanted the West Philadelphia group to return to its glory days when it would literally stomp the competition to shame. But before the group could really come together, Scott was gunned down outside his West Philadelphia home by his cousin James Scott III and another man, James Hiller, police say. Now the group is trying to move forward without the man affectionately known as "Chops," whom they considered the glue of the Buccaneers.
March 1, 2013 |
A 55-year-old community volunteer was shot and killed just steps from the front door of his West Philadelphia home late last night, according to police. Neighbor identified the man as well-liked Gregory Scott, a father of five and member of the Goldcoast Buccaneers Drill Team, a community group that seeks to provide leadership examples and discipline to youth. The shooting on the 200 block of S. Millick Street shocked neighbors, who had high regard for Scott. Many of the residents on the well-maintained row house off Walnut Street are longtime residents.
March 1, 2013 |
GREGORY SCOTT loved working with children, whether it was teaching them to perform on the drill team or to pick up a piece of trash in the neighborhood. Scott, 55, exuded optimism and a love for life, family members and friends said. That life was cut short Wednesday night when he was gunned down outside his house on Millick Street near Walnut in West Philly, police said. James Scott, 47, a cousin, and James Hiller, 25, were charged in the murder, police said. Investigators believe the two cousins got into a fight outside Gregory Scott's job nearby at Family Variety Store & Deli on 52d Street about 30 minutes before the shooting.
July 9, 2012 |
For years, decorated Philadelphia Police Officer Brian Lorenzo rode his highway patrol motorcycle at the head of processions for fallen officers. "Now, others will lead the procession for him," Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said Sunday hours after Lorenzo was struck and killed by a car heading the wrong way on Interstate 95. Lorenzo, 48, had completed his shift and was on his patrol motorcycle headed to his home in the Far Northeast about 3:15 a.m., traveling north on I-95, when he was struck by a southbound car, police said.