April 4, 2016
The Very Last Day (Okrahoma ***1/2) In the most powerful number on his second album, "Heaven Sent," Parker Millsap sings in the voice of a gay youth trying to win acceptance from his preacher father by using the father's own teachings about love and tolerance. The music is as raw and stark as the emotion. That's just one instance of how Millsap builds on the great promise of his self-titled debut album. The 23-year-old Oklahoman, who grew up in the Pentecostal church, is an arresting new voice whose bluesy songs are suffused with religious imagery and often delivered with edgy, rock-and-roll intensity, even though the music is acoustic.
February 23, 2016 |
Out of nowhere, WDAS-FM radio personality Patty Jackson collapsed. She didn't stumble over anything. But between her house and garage, Jackson hit the ground. Looking back, the popular broadcaster remembers that her right side had been feeling weak. But she didn't think much about it. It happened last Nov. 11. Jackson was working at the station seven days a week, and also doing numerous personal appearances, including her weekly Friday night happy hour at Warmdaddy's at Riverview Plaza.
November 28, 2015
WDAS Holiday Jam The folks at WDAS-FM (105.3), "Philly's Best R&B & Old School" station, have looked at the weather forecast this week and seen that things need warming up. As Thanksgiving comes stomping toward us, the impulse to get into the holiday spirit quickens - which is where the WDAS Holiday Jam comes in. This year, the station has gathered some incredibly strong talent. Jill Scott will headline. The incomparable North Philadelphian, friend to the Roots and Erykah Badu, and operatic vocal powerhouse dropped a low-key fifth album in July.
October 20, 2015 |
* BEING MARY JANE. 9 p.m. Tuesday, BET. WHEN IT comes to BET's "Being Mary Jane," Stephen Bishop is a spoiler-free zone. But he will dish about where he thinks things should go. Eventually. "I don't want to give up too much" about where and how much we'll see of his character, David Paulk, Bishop said in an interview last summer in Beverly Hills. In tomorrow's two-hour season premiere, "We pick up where we left off," said Bishop, "and where we left off was with Lisa [Latarsha Rose]
August 3, 2015 |
It's the afternoon of the release of Jill Scott's new album. It's also the 15th anniversary of her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott?, and the middle of the Jill Scott Summer Tour. Speaking by phone from the road in Cincinnati, the Grammy-winning singer says she feels as though she's given birth. "It feels like I've been pregnant for a long time," Scott says. The baby she's talking about is her fifth studio album, Woman. She's been working on it for 21/2 years. "I can finally let the baby go," Scott says.
December 4, 2014 |
Jill Scott stands by Cosby Philly-born singing star Jill Scott stands by her friend Bill Cosby on Twitter - and some of her followers don't like it. As Layla A. Jones of Philly.com reports, Scott got a request on Nov. 24 to sign a petition asking Temple University to sever ties with the beleaguered comic. (On Monday, Cosby did in fact step down from Temple's board of trustees.) At the time, Scott tweeted: "oh ok. So they've proven the alleged allegations? I didn't know.
December 2, 2014 |
The late Don Cornelius would've dug Friday's Soul Train Music's first WDAS Holiday Jam at the Liacouras Center. Cornelius, the man who created the African American dance program, loved Philly. The band MFSB's 1974 hit, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was once Soul Train 's theme song. This city loved Cornelius back, evidenced in part by Philly's Questlove's having penned Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation in 2013. It made sense then that DJ Questlove was the glue holding Soul Train's WDAS Holiday Jam together, spinning vintage funk and rap between sets from '90s soul classicists Faith Evans, Joe, Ledisi, Kem, and Philly's own Jill Scott.
September 5, 2014
WE CAN see the articles now: "50 Ways to Rekindle Infrastructure Legislation. " "Filibuster Your Mate to Ecstasy. " "PACs Even Your Best Friends Won't Tell You About. " Cosmopolitan magazine, which has made the world a better place for decades by identifying male erogenous zones and providing erotic tips for its mostly female readers, has decided to start covering the decidedly unerotic realm that is our political system. On Monday, Cosmo throws its hat in the ring with its "#CosmoVotes" campaign, with candidate endorsements, stories on women-centric issues and a social-media blitz designed to turn readers into voters.
August 1, 2014 |
THE LIVELY James Brown biopic "Get on Up" says it loud, to borrow a phrase from its subject, even if it's not initially clear what's being said. No matter. In the end it's the performance of Chadwick Boseman that does most of the talking, unifying the movie's nervous narrative and confusing shifts in tone. "Get on Up" opens in a jumble of images/ideas/eras - young Brown surviving a near plane crash in Vietnam, an older version bringing a shotgun to scare tenants in one of his properties, a boy chasing his mom (Viola Davis)
July 19, 2014 |
Richard Nichols, 55, longtime manager of the Roots, died Thursday, July 17, in Philadelphia of leukemia, the band announced. Mr. Nichols, a native of Philadelphia, "managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots' creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades," the band said in a statement. He had been hospitalized for several months and was taken off life support Wednesday night and died Thursday afternoon, according to the Roots-affiliated website Okayplayer.com and Billboard magazine.