February 28, 2016
Boy & the World Nominated for the best animated-feature Oscar, Brazilian director Alê Abreu's exquisite, whimsical, handcrafted adventure story is about a young boy who follows his father as he goes in search of work from the ideal fields of the countryside to the ugly factories and slums of the big city. PG Eddie the Eagle Taron Egerton ( Kingsman: The Secret Service ) is wonderful in this wonderfully touching and funny true-life sports biopic as British ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a decidedly nonathletic man who qualifies for the 1988 Olympics by sheer force of will.
February 12, 2016 |
Parents, do your kids a favor and take them to see Race , the film about the Olympic runner that opens Feb. 19. No, scratch that. Take everybody. Take your nieces and nephews, your neighbors' kids, and all the children on your block. Why? A lot of kids don't know who the heck Jesse Owens even was . On Thursday, I asked a couple of students, including a junior at Carver High School of Engineering and Science in North Philadelphia: Do you know anything about Jesse Owens?
February 18, 2013 |
For many years, artist Lady Bird Strickland painted the people that she met in her life - and it was no ordinary life. Subjects such as Dizzy Gillespie, Josephine Baker, Charlie Parker, Marian Anderson, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington were all part of the jazz bebop scene in Harlem where the young Georgia native danced and romanced in the 1940s, before putting it all down with brushstrokes. But by the 1980s - married, settled down in suburban Willingboro, and still painting - Strickland began to grasp that the New York jazz era that she had witnessed was just one scene in a much larger mural of the African American experience.
July 30, 2012
ACCORDING to couch potatoes, NBC's coverage of the London Olympics is far from medal-worthy. Specifically, viewers are unhappy with the network's airing of marquee events on tape-delay and with the decision to air some events on NBC and others on cable. Not so long ago, viewers would have called or even e-mailed their dissatification. Now? They set up discussions on Twitter. On Sunday, viewers fired off tweets asking why women's cycling was aired on NBC, while the U.S. men's basketball team was televised on a cable network.
May 18, 2012 |
OLYMPIC LEGEND Carl Lewis enjoys serving as an ambassador for the Hershey's Track and Field Games because he remembers when he was an aspiring young runner himself. Youngsters ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in a qualifying meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast High School, with a chance to earn an expenses-paid trip to compete in the 2012 North American Final Meet in Hershey. "Years ago, I ran a track meet where the winners qualified to go to San Francisco," said Lewis, who grew up in Willingboro, N.J. "At that track meet I met this old runner named Jesse Owens.
April 27, 2012 |
Shadows always are dancing on the old brick walls of Franklin Field during the Penn Relays. If you look closely enough, you can see the reflection of Jesse Owens' 220-yard leg for Ohio State in the sprint medley in 1936, and Larry James' anchor leg in the mile relay for Villanova in 1968, and Usain Bolt's half-human/half-hovercraft performance for Jamaica's 4x100 relay on that sunny Saturday afternoon in 2010. But there isn't a wall wide enough to contain the legacy of Dr. LeRoy Walker.
April 22, 2012 |
All right, mind that next step now. Easy. We're going over to the northeast corner, the lower deck. It's the primo vantage spot. Woooooo! There it is again. Hear it? Wooooooo! Like some lonesome lovesick coyote trolling in the prairie night for a partner. Woooooooo! But no, these are human voices, a wailing chorus coming from those crooners in the home stretch here at Franklin Field, the ones who worship speed, the faithful who make the pilgrimage to Philadelphia in the shank of every April, drawn by that revered rite of spring, the Penn Relays.
April 26, 2011 |
Just a few blocks from the 13-year-old Franklin Field, where the young black man with the long stride had become one of Philadelphia's best-known athletes, a great crowd gathered outside his parents' house at 3323 Woodland Ave. Later on that chilled December day in 1908, a long procession of horse-drawn carriages and a few motor cars headed west to Collingdale's Eden Cemetery, where John Baxter Taylor was mourned thoroughly, eulogized grandly, and...
February 28, 2005 |
According to the history books, Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926. It became a widely recognized and celebrated month in 1976, when I was in first grade. Had it evolved all that much during that time? And what should we expect for the future of Black History Month? My early experiences with Black History Month weren't good. I was the girl who was taught to speak English properly and to get good grades if I wanted to amount to something. For that, I was labeled the girl who "thought she was white.
January 19, 2000 |
Lance Armstrong, who overcame testicular cancer and captured the Tour de France last year, won the 2000 Jesse Owens International Trophy Award. In balloting by an international panel, Armstrong received 90 votes, the International Amateur Athletic Association announced yesterday. Maurice Greene, who set the world 100-meter record and won three gold medals at the World Track and Field Championships last year, was second with 59 votes. Third with 55 votes was Morocco's Hicham el Guerrouj, who set the world mile record in 1999.