June 12, 2013 |
Seven years ago, Tukufu Zuberi, a professor of sociology and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to become a collector. The only question was, of what? He settled on images of the black body - specifically the black body in war - and went about acquiring a trove on his world travels. Zuberi's efforts have come together in a unique and compelling exhibition of posters portraying blacks in the military, from the Civil War through World War II and the African independence movements of the 1950s and '60s.
June 11, 2013 |
WHILE MERION GOLF CLUB is obviously the most renowned Philadelphia-area course to host a U.S. Open, it hasn't been the only one. Likewise, the Open isn't the only men's major that has been played here. In 1907, the Philadelphia Cricket Club's original St. Martin's layout in Chestnut Hill was the venue for the 13th national championship. A par 73 measuring a smidge under 6,000 yards, it was short compared to the other Open sites of that era. The winner was Scotland's Alex Ross, whose brother Donald gained more fame by building over 500 courses in the United States, the most notable being Pinehurst No. 2. This was his lone major victory.
June 1, 2013 |
It was announced Friday at the 2013 Global Rugby Forum that the United States national rugby team will compete in Philadelphia in November against the famed New Zealand Maori All Blacks. The match between the USA Eagles and one of the world's most successful teams is set for Nov. 9 at PPL Park. "We're really looking forward to hosting here, but I don't know about the Brotherly Love thing," joked CEO of USA Rugby Nigel Melville at a press conference held at the Sofitel Hotel. "Let's not have too much of going on. " Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell spoke at the announcement, declaring that Philadelphia is on its way to becoming the "rugby capitol of the United States.
May 28, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Tavis Smiley has stood out in 20 years in broadcasting, and he has no intention of changing his style or substance. He's the rare black host with national TV and radio platforms, one who sees his job as challenging Americans to examine their assumptions on such thorny issues as poverty, education, and racial and gender equality. In other words, he doesn't squander his opportunities on PBS's daily talk show Tavis Smiley , which marks its 10th year this month, or on public radio's The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West , the latter a forum for commentary he shares with scholar-activist Cornel West.
May 24, 2013 |
Aronimink Golf Club president Paul Coady thought that hosting the AT&T National for two years was a "good experience" for his members and appreciated the nice comments from officials of the tournament founded by Tiger Woods. But as far as the possible return of the PGA Tour event to the Newtown Square course after it completes its contract with Congressional Country Club in 2014, it's a matter of: not so fast. Coady said Wednesday there have been no discussions with AT&T National officials.
May 23, 2013
The AND1 Summer Remix Basketball Tournament will be played at the Liacouras Center Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The 12-team street basketball tournament will offer a $100,000 prize to the winners. Tryouts will begin June 8 at New York's Dunlevy Milbank Center. TENNIS: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has pulled out of the French Open because of a respiratory virus. American players Brian Baker and Mardy Fish have also pulled out. Baker has not recovered from a right knee operation and Fish is unfit because of heart problems.
May 22, 2013
The NFL will celebrate its 50th Super Bowl in northern California, where its newest, most high-tech venue is being built. That makes South Florida, in the midst of a spat over expensive stadium renovations, a loser for the 2016 game. And Miami took a double defeat when Houston was awarded the 2017 championship game. In two separate votes, NFL owners Tuesday went with the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston on the first ballot at their spring meetings in Boston. The 49ers' new home is set to open next year in Santa Clara, and will host the first Super Bowl in the area since 1985.
May 22, 2013 |
The U.S. Open will attract the attention of the golf world to the Philadelphia area, and that provides the First Tee of Greater Philadelphia with an excellent opportunity to show people the fine work it does for youths through the sport. The local chapter is going all-out by having former President George W. Bush as its special guest at a fund-raising gala June 15 - the Saturday of U.S. Open weekend - at the ACE Club Conference Center in Lafayette Hill. John MacDonald, executive director of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, said former President George H.W. Bush has been an active participant in the national program as honorary chair.
May 21, 2013 |
ROBIN LEACH , the former host with the golden voice of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," will be in Atlantic City this weekend as a "Millionaire Maker" to crown the first of four guaranteed millionaires through Harrah's, Showboat, Bally's and Caesars. But Leach suggested that the winners' best move is not to take their winnings back to the slots. "Bank the money and don't spend it all at once . . . I've seen so many people crash and burn in my time, but this time I'll give some advice to stay newly rich and famous," Leach told me from his Las Vegas home.
May 11, 2013 |
Before the season, Nazareth Academy's softball players told coach Bob Keating that they wanted a certain message on the back of their navy blue practice T-shirts. "Tradition never graduates," they said. Keating made it happen, in yellow print, to match the school colors. Thursday afternoon, the Pandas defined that message as they clinched their seventh straight Catholic Academies crown with an 11-1 win at Merion Mercy. Junior righthander Taylor Lichtenhahn battled a wet pitching circle to strike out four in five innings for the win. Brittany Colombo, a junior third baseman, had a homer and five RBIs.