March 19, 2015
WITH SONGS overseen by Timbaland and Philly-based partner Jim Beanz, "Empire" has boasted plenty of radio-ready tunes. Here are 10 of them: 10. "Conqueror," Estelle and Jussie Smollett: The soaring ballad, lifted from the British R&B singer's latest album, was flipped into a duet after Columbia senior vice president of A&R Shawn Holiday brought it to Smollett. It rocketed to No. 1 on iTunes' hip-hop/rap chart after airing. 9. "Keep It Movin', " Serayah McNeill and Yazz (Bryshere Gray)
July 14, 1991 |
Elizabeth Chace got a call last week from a South Philadelphia woman with a problem. Chace said the woman told her that lightning had struck a tree that fell into her yard, and "What was I going to do about it?" The incident was something of an on-the-job case study for Chace, who in May became property manager for the recently created Interstate Land Management Corp. The quasi-public agency is responsible for maintaining and managing the leftover right-of-way property along Interstate 95 from the Benjamin Franklin to the Walt Whitman Bridge, land owned by the state.
September 27, 1987 |
This story is about David Ross, the hot, young, barnstorming developer who is changing the face of Haverford Township. But David Ross tends to generate his own stories. He was at home in Radnor one night in June when a friend called to alert him that a farmhouse in Goshen, Chester County, was being auctioned at 7 p.m. That was 10 minutes and at least seven miles away. But he decided to go. He hopped in his BMW, left his house in the dust and screeched up to the farmhouse, just as the auction was getting under way. When the bidding hit $1.3 million, Ross dropped out. It eventually spiraled to $3.5 million.
September 3, 1991 |
There is a reason why the American response to the Russian revolution of 1991 has been passive and somewhat confused. It is not just that in the middle of a revolution it is hard to predict the future. It is always hard to predict the future, and yet policy gets made anyway. The deeper reason for American, indeed Western, confusion is that three monumental world-historical events have occurred simultaneously and are not easily sorted out. First is the final collapse of communism.
June 26, 1989 |
Some of Philly's top rockers are rallying at the Trocadero tonight in a pair of benefit concerts for the seriously injured Heavens Edge bass player George Guidotti. Britny Fox, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Heavens Edge, John Kuzma, John Eddie, Richard Bush, Bricklin, Flamin' Harry, Robert Hazard, Michael LeCompt and Dynagroove will be rocking the joint. There's a 6 p.m. show open to all ages, and a 10 p.m. show for the over-21 crowd. If both shows sell out at $10 a ticket, the concerts will raise about $25,000 for Guidotti's medical bills.
October 17, 1989 |
The Soviet empire is collapsing in the most paradoxical way: The inner empire is rapidly falling apart, while the external empire is managing to hold together. That's not the way things are supposed to happen. That certainly is not the way it had been predicted, say, a year ago when it seemed that the Soviets were being pushed out of their newer colonies of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Angola and Ethiopia. The collapse of the East European inner empire is proceeding at an astonishing pace.
September 6, 2015 |
* MASTERS OF SEX . 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. The story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson reaches one of its most controversial points with the initiation of their surrogacy program. * THE CIVIL WAR . 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, WHYY12. With the Confederate flag so much in the news, the timing couldn't be better for the 25th anniversary rebroadcast of the Ken Burns classic - restored for high-def. * EMPIRE: SEASON 1 MARATHON . Noon Monday, FX. Get ready for the Sept.
December 2, 1995 |
"In the choice between peace and war, America must choose peace. " So America will send 20,000 troops to Bosnia. I wonder how many would be sent if America had chosen war. President Clinton's explanation of his decision reminded me of the amused but haunting observation a British-born friend of mine made recently: that "the United States is an empire - and the American people don't even realize it. " Though the U.S. government possesses the...
November 15, 1992 |
If one measure of a man is his goals, then consider the ambition of Eagles all-pro defensive end Reggie White. As for football, he wants to win a championship, something he's never done, and he wants to be recognized as the best defensive end to ever play the game after its all over. Some would say he's already done that - "No, no, I've still got years to go," insists the 31-year-old athlete. But, beyond that, what about his goals as a man? "I want to be able to use my finances to build an empire," he says.
January 28, 1992 |
Having said his considerable piece on The Civil War, Ken Burns has turned his attention to the early days of radio. The result, though not as sweeping or as riveting as his earlier documentary, is nonetheless two hours of fascinating television. Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (9 p.m. tomorrow on Channels 12 and 39, 9 p.m. Thursday on Channels 23 and 52) chronicles the life and times of three remarkable Americans, all largely forgotten - the men responsible for the birth of radio.