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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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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.
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
February 13, 2012
Album of the year "21," Adele Record of the Year "Rolling in the Deep," Adele Rock Song "Walk," Foo Fighters Rap Album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West Complete list, A8.  
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sure, sometimes you want to give the Kardashians a rest. But sometimes you just can't. Kourtney Kardashian and infant-father Scott Disick tell Us Weekly that couples therapy saved their relationship. [Your joke here.] … Kourtney's sis, Kim Kardashian, jumps up and down and says, nuh-uh! Her romance with Kanye West is not a publicity stunt, as the world supposes. …Meantime, Kim's divorce case with/from b-baller Kris Humphries is now in depositions, and Monday Kris was grilled in Minnesota by star attorney Laura Wasser and team.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
In your face: Kim K's cheeks You can't get away. It's everywhere. It's where you've been, and it's waiting for you where you're going. We speak, of course, of Kim Kardashian 's bottom. This, the most famous bottom in the world, is indeed her moneymaker, and she knows it well. It's out in the open a lot, and on Tuesday it blew a smoking crater in the social-media world when, oiled, well-lit, and photographed by French art photog Jean-Paul Goude , it graced the cover of the mag Paper.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania,  Kanye West  now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kimye, heal Israel   Now that they have tended to the needs of the Armenian people, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have taken their traveling EgoFest to Israel, perhaps to unite Jews and Muslims through the loving bond of reality TV. Monday, the couple and their kin, Khloé , attended the Armenian church, Saint James Cathedral, in Jerusalem's Old City for the baptism of Kimye's daughter, North West . Not all was picture-perfect:...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Swift says mom is ill Taylor Swift on Thursday shared grave family news: Her mother Andrea Swift has been diagnosed with cancer. Taylor did not specify the type of cancer or prognosis. "I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private," the singer, 25, writes on Tumblr. The diagnosis came as a result of Taylor's continued appeals that her doctor-phobic mom get a routine check up. "For Christmas . . . I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor," Swift says.
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
March 19, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Foxx 'n' Holmes: True love! Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are conducting the most soulful, fulfilling, maddening, epochal, ballistic - indeed, nukyuler - love affair since Marc Anthony clapped hands on Cleopatra . It began in the summer of '13, when they danced the night away at a Hamptons charity do. Foxx 'n' Holmes? You jest! Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are simply pals. Yes, they are very good friends. But like all cross-gender celeb friends, the mere expression of their friendship has led gossipers - those spiritual hunchbacks who hide in the shadows and plot ugly plots - to make absurd claims.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2015 | the Inquirer Staff
Schilling vs. the Trolls Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling , furious, took up arms against two men he said were marauding his daughter Gabby via Twitter. On Feb. 25, he'd congratulated Gabby for getting to pitch for the Salve Regina University Seahawks softball team in Newport, R.I. The social-media reaction, mostly happy, included some gross and indecent messages. Schilling outed the messagers as one Adam Nagel of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., and another man later identified as Sean MacDonald.
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
March 2, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
PADGE-VICTORIA Windslowe, the self-proclaimed "Michelangelo of buttocks injections," testified yesterday on cross-examination that she had enhanced the butts of celebrities like model Amber Rose and had even been sought out by the likes of rapper Nicki Minaj. "Amber was like a walking billboard," she said. Windslowe, who goes by the stage name "Black Madam," explained that Philly-native Rose had come to see her for injections prior to her fame-days. She claimed that rapper Kanye West, who had dated the model, even once dropped Rose off for a procedure.
NEWS
February 13, 2015
WHEN THE WEIRD voices in your head talk, don't listen. That's Tattle's advice for music icon Kanye West , who almost broke the Internet by acting like his usual self at Sunday's Grammys. West had been on good behavior until learning that the Album of the Year award was going to Beck instead of Beyonce . "Right when that happened, everybody was looking at me and then people started screaming, 'Kanye! Kanye! Go do it!' OK, that didn't really happen. These were voices in my head," West told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show yesterday morning.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Celebs mourn Stewart "No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show !!" So tweets Charmed alum Alyssa Milano , echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans cut to the quick by Stewart's decision to leave his pioneering faux-news program. He was a source of news, a media critic, and a talk-show host who chatted with fascinating guests. He even helped make a few careers. "Shocked & sad to see the man who gave me my big break . . . is ready to hang it up," says Josh Gad . Many fans are angry that they'll have to sit through the 2016 elections without the guidance of the (fake)
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