May 10, 2016 |
Justin Bieber does not smile. During the Purpose World Tour on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the 22-year-old Canadian pop star wavered between a hardened stare and a blank expression as he bounced, flipped, and falsetto-ed his way through a two-hour spectacle. It was difficult to determine whether the constant shrill screams of the mostly female crowd were in support of this newfound stoicism or a cry to let loose and take his shirt off. Either way, Bieber commanded their attention and delivered a set that both baffled and entertained.
September 22, 2011
EVERYBODY LOVES the food-trend story about the Next Big Thing. We love those list-y, breathlessly cheerful pronouncements of what's "best of" the city, of what the cool kids are eating and drinking, of what is - as they say - "hot. " And yet . . . how do I put this? Food trend stories about the Next Big Thing almost always suck. Maybe I'm just self-reflecting. Writers absolutely hate doing this sort of piece. If I list 10 trends, I'll be lucky if you agree with, like, two of them.
June 23, 2011
A 29-YEAR-OLD semipublic nuisance, Aaron Proctor would rather be right than popular. Far right. The tall, goateed bald blogger - part gadfly, part H.L. Mencken, part Howard Stern - has been in more hot water than a tea bag, but he won't shut up. Under a thin shell of exhibitionism, the self-described "right-wing basket case" deeply cares about Philly and wants to reverse what he calls the Philly Decline, which is also the biting name...
October 1, 2010
The city has recently been engaged in a National Conversation on Race, otherwise known as "Who's black enough?" It's not easy: Black is not a color. It's a state of mind. That's why Tom Jones is blacker than Clarence Thomas. It's why Mario Von Peebles is just as black as Jesse Jackson. It's why we hailed Bill Clinton as the first black president, and laughed those corny parts right off Vanilla Ice's head. Blackness is not in the way you walk, either. You can stroll like Rollo from "Sanford and Son" and still not be black enough.
May 11, 2010
The Eagles are holding a Media Chalk Talk on Tuesday night down at the NovaCare Complex. In a shocking development, and despite my uninterrupted criticism of the organization, I've been added to the guest list. What sort of information do you think will be gleaned from the evening (complete with Howie Roseman, hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar)? And, my invitation was almost certainly a clerical error, right? I'm writing this from a doctor's office as I await a CAT scan. Want to trade?
January 20, 2009
THANK YOU, Stu Bykofsky, for your column on the Mummers and B Love Strutters. My husband is a longtime Murray Comic and my sons are B Love Strutters and none are racists. I appreciate you defending the tradition. Pam Hershman, West Chester Stu, you're dead right regarding the editorial on the "racist" Mummers. Do you need to be a knucklehead to qualify for the board? This is one of the reasons I stopped reading the DN years ago. Bill Yurkow, Philadelphia Stu: What a surprise - the self-loathing idiots who preach tolerance are the most narrow-minded intolerant Kool-Aid drinkers, always playing the victim.
October 21, 2007 |
The aftermath of a roadside explosion in Iraq can be horrific; the need to move fast to save those trapped in blown-up vehicles is imperative. In October 2006, Sgt. First Class Nelson Long, who had gone to Iraq as part of a Spring City National Guard unit, never hesitated when he heard an explosion in the convoy behind him. He got on the radio in his armored security vehicle and called in help, then rushed to the burning vehicle to join in...
April 19, 2007 |
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was fined $100,000 by the NFL for wearing a cap during Super Bowl media day that promoted a sponsor not authorized by the league. NFL rules prohibit gear that advertises any product but a designated sponsor, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said yesterday. Urlacher was fined for drinking vitaminwater and wearing a vitaminwater hat during the media session in Miami leading to the title game. Gatorade is the NFL's official drink. McCarthy said this is the first time such a fine has been levied.
April 11, 2006 |
Though he couldn't pass up the fried plantains, Tour? never drank the mojito. Too predictable. So, in typically unpredictable fashion, the award-winning journalist and pundit forgoes the mojito in favor of the less pedestrian caipirinha, a Brazilian libation concocted of cacha?a (sugar cane rum), lime juice and sugar. It's a drink with integrity that packs a heckuva kick. Much like the man who ordered it. Tour?, 35, for more than 10 years a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, now host, writer and producer at BET News, has made a steady, if meandering, rise through the ranks of hip-hop journalism, emerging as a celebrity himself.
May 22, 1999 |
A few summers ago, I was hired to teach gifted teenagers in a weeklong writing program. This was before American killing fields had sprawled onto school blacktops. That sweltering July - the first time I'd taught younger than undergraduate age - I drove to the Pennsylvania college that housed the program, envisioning students much like I'd been in school. Yes, I thought upon entering the classroom, that's who they were. Whether from metropolitan centers or one-dog towns, wearing backward baseball caps or Kool-Aid green hair, they were conscientious, independent thinkers.