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September 2, 2012
Welcome to The Philadelphia Inquirer's by-the-minute coverage of the Budweiser Made In America festival. Check back as we post updates here and at www.philly.com/madeinamerica from a team of reporters covering the two-day music festival on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway that ends Sunday night: Inquirer Music Critic Dan DeLuca, and reporters David Hiltbrand, Kristen A. Graham, Miriam Hill, Jonathan Lai, John Trinacria, Maria Panaritis, Al Lubrano,...
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September 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kanye West will run the world Why were so many people happy to hear that Kanye West will run for the White House in 2020? Citizens, West tells Vanity Fair, realize he's "extremely thoughtful" and "the most honest celebrity. " Modest, too! So what's his plan of action? "I sit in clubs and I'm like, 'Wow, I've got five years before I . . . run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do.' " What is West's platform? "I just care about human beings.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Valentine's Day when poet Sarah Blake received Kanye West's 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak from her then-boyfriend and now husband, Noah Schoenholtz. It was around the time both her grandfather and mother were diagnosed with brain tumors. For West, it was a time when he and his fiancée, fashion designer Alexis Phifer, broke up and his mother died. For four years, through marriage, pregnancy, and graduate school, Blake periodically researched West's work and life. And just as West was told by his mentors that he couldn't be a rapper and should stick to producing, Blake, 30, was told by her professor that her book on West was worthless.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2013 | BY GREG KOT, McClatchy News Service
KANYE WEST's sixth studio album, "Yeezus," is the latest affront from an artist who keeps inventing ways to tick people off. At first listen, it is hostile, abrasive (both sonically and lyrically) and intentionally off-putting, as if to test the loyalty of even his most ardent fans. But, as usual, that's only the beginning of West's new detour, on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam label. West is used to being written off as a shallow, petulant, needy, self-serving braggart, a talented artist who can't resist impaling himself on his own ego. And some of that is true, as West himself will be the first to say. But even as he barges in full-on full of himself in "Yeezus," West demonstrates that he has a lot more on his mind than just self-aggrandizement or self-immolation.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
THERE'S A FUNNY T-shirt available for sale about the importance of punctuation. It points out the different meanings of "Let's Eat Grandma!" and "Let's Eat, Grandma!" Tattle thought of that yesterday when Rolling Stone mentioned the title of Kanye West 's next album as "So Help Me God. " All we could think of was a perhaps more accurate title, "So Help Me, God. "   The daily Cosby Bill Cosby 's lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to throw out a defamation suit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Today's a big day for the collaboration that Jay-Z and Kanye West have dubbed The Throne. Tickets for their Watch the Throne tour go on sale this morning, through Comcasttix.com for the Nov. 2 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and through Ticketmaster for shows elsewhere. Also, their same-named LP was slated to hit iTunes today. (Reportedly, fans should look under "Throne" instead of the hip-hop stars' individual names.) The release should hit stores later this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
K ANYE WEST has always been a blunt talker, but at the MTV Video Music Awards, in its annual desperate cry for relevance, did the blunt get the better of him? After admitting that he smoked a little before the show, Kanye announced that he would "run" for president in 2020. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it . . . With Kanye announcing so early, black Republican activist Eugene Craig has created a political action committee to back his candidacy. Craig, 24, filed paperwork yesterday to launch "Ready for Kanye.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
During Sunday's Grammy awards show, rapper Kanye West pulled a Kanye and jokingly interrupted Beck, who was at the microphone to accept the award for best album. Beck's win was the upset of the evening: Many, evidently including West, had expected Beyoncé to take the award home. In a post-show interview with E!, however, West said, "Beck needs to respect artistry. He should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it. " In his statement, West seemed to oppose the "he" (white pop star Beck)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CBS3 TRAFFIC reporter Bob Kelly has left CBS3 after 13 years at the station. In an email to me, Kelly made it clear this was not an expected departure. "It's been an emotional couple of days for sure. I truly expected to finish out my career at CBS, and the incredible outpouring of countless messages and phone calls has reminded me how much I really love doing what I get to do, and in the city I grew up in," Kelly told me in an email, adding that he was blown away by the support he received on Facebook.
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ariel Winter opens up Like most girls, Ariel Winter , 17, used to wish she'd grow up to have big breasts. Then the unthinkable happened, and the Modern Family star had an alarming growth spurt when she was 15. "They kept growing and growing and growing, and it didn't seem like they were going to stop," she tells Glamour mag. "I was 15 years old with [size] F" breasts, says the 5-foot-1 actress. "How do you navigate that?" The media stopped writing about her as a performer and fixated on her physique, says Winter.
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February 4, 2016
Kim Kardashian is at it again, trying to get back her pre-pregnancy figure. She reportedly gained 60 pounds while pregnant with Saint West, her second child with husband Kanye West, and she has partnered with the Atkins brand to slim down again. I often criticize celebrities for their drastic approaches to weight loss and maintenance, but I have to applaud Kim's strategy here. Apparently, she relied on Atkins after her first child, daughter North, was born in 2013. According to reports, Kardashian has already dropped 30 pounds, with a goal of 40 more.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimye spawn 2.0, named Hear ye, hear ye, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have blessed the world with the name of their second child: Saint West . Did the Kardashian-West brain trust mean to give all future celebrity commentators an early Christmas gift? We've never wanted to see a kid misbehave - we're talking normal toddler temper tantrum, not, like, drug bust - so bad. We can barely wait to type "He's no Saint" at the slightest lip quiver. Or what if he trips on a playground? Can't you just see the headlines?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
We tend to mock those who are famous for being famous without stopping to wonder how they got that way. As of 2009-10, Amber Rose, South Philly-born and -raised, was a Ford model making red-carpet appearances alongside then-boyfriend Kanye West when people started to approach her on the street, requesting autographs and pictures. Then Rose, a former exotic dancer at Delilah's, started talking. Philly woman that she is (not quiet), people - 3.15 million Twitter followers, 8.2 million Instagram followers - hang on her every word - and selfie, of which there are many.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015 | BY MOLLY EICHEL, Inquirer Staff Writer eichelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5909
WE TEND to mock those who are famous for being famous without stopping to wonder how they got that way. As of 2009-10, Amber Rose, South Philly-born and raised, was a Ford model making red-carpet appearances alongside then-boyfriend Kanye West when people started to approach her on the street requesting autographs and pictures. Then Rose, a former exotic dancer at Delilah's, started talking. Philly woman that she is, she isn't quiet, and people - 3.15 million Twitter followers, 8.2 million Instagram followers - hang on to her every word.
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kanye West will run the world Why were so many people happy to hear that Kanye West will run for the White House in 2020? Citizens, West tells Vanity Fair, realize he's "extremely thoughtful" and "the most honest celebrity. " Modest, too! So what's his plan of action? "I sit in clubs and I'm like, 'Wow, I've got five years before I . . . run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do.' " What is West's platform? "I just care about human beings.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
K ANYE WEST has always been a blunt talker, but at the MTV Video Music Awards, in its annual desperate cry for relevance, did the blunt get the better of him? After admitting that he smoked a little before the show, Kanye announced that he would "run" for president in 2020. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it . . . With Kanye announcing so early, black Republican activist Eugene Craig has created a political action committee to back his candidacy. Craig, 24, filed paperwork yesterday to launch "Ready for Kanye.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rock yer SquarePants off! Think SpongeBob SquarePants is just for lil' kids? Think again, chum. Nickelodeon's mega-popular show is getting a Broadway makeover, courtesy of some of the biggest names in pop. Variety says a team of musicians, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith and singer John Legend , are hard at work on The SpongeBob Musical , which will premiere in Chicago in summer 2016 before heading...
NEWS
August 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ariel Winter opens up Like most girls, Ariel Winter , 17, used to wish she'd grow up to have big breasts. Then the unthinkable happened, and the Modern Family star had an alarming growth spurt when she was 15. "They kept growing and growing and growing, and it didn't seem like they were going to stop," she tells Glamour mag. "I was 15 years old with [size] F" breasts, says the 5-foot-1 actress. "How do you navigate that?" The media stopped writing about her as a performer and fixated on her physique, says Winter.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
She doesn't hate America Singer  Ariana Grande  has apologized for saying "I hate America," a statement captured by a doughnut-shop camera and acquired by TMZ. The "One Last Time" singer said that horrific phrase while visiting the joint with beau  Ricky Alvarez . They dared each other to lick an emptied tray of doughnuts. When the store clerk brought out a fresh batch of the glazed pastry, Grande said, "What the [bleep] is that? I hate Americans. I hate America.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
THANK GOODNESS. Had another day gone by without major news from the Kardashians (better to offset any news from Caitlyn Jenner ), we all might have withered like the untended Gerberdaisies that once graced Temp Tatt's stoop. (Sorry, flowers.) Luckily, Kim Kardashian didn't limit her week merely to renting out the Staples Center for Kanye West 's 38th birthday so that Justin Bieber , John Legend and other FOKs (that's Friends of Kanye) could pretend to be Lakers.
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