April 19, 2015 |
When Donn T plays Johnny Brenda's on April 21 - the same day the soulful singer/songwriter releases her sophomore effort, Flight of the Donn T - she's going for a familial vibe. But not because she's Donn Thompson, the Philly-born sister of drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots, the acclaimed hip-hop group and Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon house band. "I write moments," said Donn T on Wednesday morning, fresh from having rehearsed until 5 a.m. "And this moment involves my family.
March 13, 2015 |
In the middle of Jazmine Sullivan's sold-out show Tuesday at the Theatre of Living Arts, she asked her family to make some noise - and met with screams from the entire venue. "There's a lot of y'all!" she said with a laugh. And the R&B songstress' show was a family affair. Despite the red smoke, backup singers, and jazz band, there was a sense of intimacy, of being in her hometown. Family, fans, and fellow artists such as rapper Chill Moody and neo-soul duo the Kindred Family Soul, all Philly natives, were in the audience.
January 22, 2015 |
The phone rang around 9 p.m. It was the night before a game, and another reporter wanted to talk to Lauren Holden about another impending milestone. The questions were predictable: Is it a distraction? Is it on your mind? Is it hard to block out such a big achievement? Is it tough to sleep? Holden laughed. To her, these all seemed far-fetched. "No," she said. "Right now I'm actually just trying to finish my homework. " Others shower praise on Holden, the speedy, energetic scoring machine, 15 points away from becoming South Jersey girls' basketball's 25th 2,000-point scorer.
January 16, 2015 |
DURING THE COURSE of the day, Marilyn Carrion-Mejia deals with a laundry list of issues as principal of William McKinley Elementary. There are the complex needs of nearly 500 kids, concerns from parents and meetings with faculty and staff. She also gets a daily stream of texts, emails and calls from a principal of a nearby school. "A thousand times a day," the veteran educator laughed. "Every day, every day. " That principal just happens to be her younger brother, Jason Carrion, a first-year principal at Cayuga Elementary in Hunting Park.
July 10, 2014 |
Julie Bogle, 10, and her sister Mallory, 7, are mean Skylanders players. But surprisingly, so are parents Jeff and Jill. In fact, video games are the Exton family's favorite pastime. It started about three or four years ago when the girls received a Nintendo Wii and had trouble managing the controller and "nunchuk" at the same time, so the parents paired up to help them. "It was fun and quickly became a tradition," recalled Jeff, 38, who says their family now plays together at least once every other week.
June 16, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - Fran Quinn has celebrated the ups and endured the downs of competitive professional golf since turning pro in 1988, and he keeps persevering, trying to figure the crazy game out. "I think 99 percent of us who play the game, that's the nature of the beast," the 49-year-old Quinn said Saturday after the third round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. "Not everybody is Tiger, Phil, or Rory. It's a game that we love. It's a game that's great when you're on top and a tough one when you have a day like today.
February 22, 2014 |
Upon entering fatherhood, Bear Stephens pledged to himself that he would never introduce his children to wrestling. Stephens had wrestled for Coatesville from 1990 until 1994, and said he did not want to put his kids through the hardship he had endured as a high school wrestler. "A lot of people don't realize what this sport really is," Stephens said. "You're one-on-one when you're out on the mat. You have to watch what you eat and work out all the time. I didn't want to put my kids through that.
December 2, 2013 |
HAMILTON, Mass. - Earl Williams knew early on that things would be fine. He would commute 29 miles from Cambridge to pick up his oldest son in the rural-suburban town of Hamilton, on the North Shore of Massachusetts. The sound of a young Michael Carter-Williams dribbling a basketball was often the first thing the father heard as he drove up to the white colonial house on Cutler Street. That noise often led Williams to walk to the back of the house, where he would spot Carter-Williams performing basketball drills under the supervision of his stepfather, Zach Zegarowski.
October 18, 2013 |
WHEN THE Bulletin closed in 1982, it was a considerable blow to the McBride family. In fact, the family tried to keep it open as best they could. They demonstrated at the building at 30th and Market streets, even holding a candlelight vigil. Nothing worked, of course. The 135-year-old newspaper was doomed. The emotional attachment was a family affair. The late Bill McBride, who died in 1978, was a longtime Bulletin sportswriter, specializing in horse racing, and other family members worked there over the years.
June 21, 2013 |
MIAMI - These NBA Finals were about the kids, too. Whether it was Tim Duncan spending a few minutes with his children at halftime of Game 5 of the series - a scene captured by television cameras as the Spurs forward sat on the floor resting for the second half - or Miami Heat star LeBron James celebrating one of his sons' birthdays in San Antonio last week, kids were never out of mind for either team during the title series. "They know if I won or lost," James said. "But for the most part, when you have them around, man, it puts everything in perspective.