November 12, 2015 |
A FORMER Rittenhouse Square lawyer's law license was suspended for the second time yesterday for allegedly negotiating deals with a Philly rap artist and the daughter of actor James Garner. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Disciplinary Board extended a suspension of James Edward Elam's law license by 18 months after reviewing a recording deal they say he made on behalf of rapper Freeway, and another deal for investors to get involved in a film produced by Gigi Garner's company.
June 9, 2015 |
The complicated life and legal history of Dwight Grant - Beanie Sigel - South Philly's grittiest rapper and preeminent rep of its meanest streets - is etched in stone and repeated in newsprint. He's been Jay Z's best bud, label signee, and worst enemy (pals now since Beans and Hova reunited for May's Tidal B-Sides concert). He's got a stark, seven-album-deep solo career, and is forever a member of State Property with Freeway and other notorious Philly MCs. He's been arrested, jailed, and released, most recently in 2014, when he was shot and hospitalized.
May 28, 2015 |
After emptying the salt and pepper shakers, Anna Diamantis walked to each plum-colored booth in the main room of the Freeway Diner in Deptford on Tuesday and unloaded the sugar jars. A son-in-law had claimed the custom silver wall clock, whose numbers are replaced with the eatery's name. Other area restaurants had agreed to buy the surplus food on hand. Longtime customer Lily Corbett, a retired bank manager, stopped in to see the restaurant owners and left with crab cakes for her husband, Charlie.
May 20, 2015 |
This month, Philly rapper Freeway traveled to Baltimore to join the voices of protest united over the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died after suffering a spinal-cord injury while in police custody. The National Stop the Killing Committee and the Justice League NYC brought Freeway as their spokesman for #BmoreYouthRise, a May 9 daylong event with various demonstrations. The 36-year-old rapper commemorated Gray's life by placing his handprint on the memorial mural on Fulton Street near where police stopped Gray.
December 31, 2014 |
Philly rapper Freeway has invested in a product close to his roots, literally. The 36-year-old rapper has debuted his contribution to manscaping with the release of his All Natural Best Beard cream. Packaged in silver tins, the handcrafted creams come in an assortment of scents, from sweet blueberry to the limited-edition holiday spice that smells like nutmeg. As of late, men have been saying so long to the chin strap, the goatee, and the soul patch as more have been growing full-on thick beards of glory.
October 7, 2013 |
I have a hard enough time compromising on "where/what to eat" with my two boys and husband when we are standing in the middle of the fifth-largest city in the United States, brimming with options. We may have our four differing opinions on what we want to eat, but we all agree good, tasty, healthy food trumps anything else. So it's no surprise that road trips pose a higher degree of difficulty in that process. On a recent nine-hour drive to Toronto, all of our time was spent on state turnpikes and thruways littered with the same fast-food chains that quite literally repulsed us at every turn.
September 25, 2013 |
Erwin Boyd was driving a Volkswagen sedan, allegedly fleeing from police Sunday morning on the Vine Street Expressway, when he pulled over and switched seats with his passenger. The chance of eluding capture did not improve with Tikeena Isreal at the wheel. Boyd, 40, and Isreal, 41, were arrested after a wild run from pursuing officers that included a U-turn on the Schuylkill Expressway into oncoming traffic while Isreal was driving, prosecutors said. About 10:45 a.m., Camden County police attempted to pull over a 2011 Volkswagen CC near the Ben Franklin Bridge, according to Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
February 8, 2013
The planning and construction of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and its first major cultural institutions spanned about three decades. So it's not surprising that updating Philadelphia's version of the Champs-Élysées is taking more than a few years. By the time the Parkway reaches its centenary in several years, however, the mile-long boulevard's worst flaws could be much more tolerable, thanks to the latest in a series of city improvement initiatives. The challenge, as it has been for decades, is to tame the Parkway's multiple lanes of often high-speed traffic, which pose dire risks to pedestrians and bicyclists alike.
December 30, 2012
Pop Diamond in the Ruff (Babygrande ***) Different generations of Philly's old-school rap scene made a handsome showing in 2012. In a year that saw Beanie Sigel releasing a minor hit before heading back to prison and Schoolly D touring with Public Enemy, having Freeway back in action is a bonus. Like his pal Beans, Freeway was a member of Jay-Z's Roc-a-Fella family in the early 2000s and stayed hard throughout the decade and its four solo releases. Diamond in the Ruff proves that highly volatile Freeway is still the stoic iceman when it comes to rapping and rhyming.
October 1, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The demolition of a bridge that forced the weekend closure of one of the nation's busiest freeways is on schedule, while many Los Angeles drivers heeded warnings to steer clear of the area, and officials expect to reopen the lanes as planned Monday morning. Crews working around the clock since Friday evening have taken down all but two columns of the Mulholland Drive bridge over Interstate 405, Rick Jagger, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said Sunday morning.