March 12, 2015 |
America loves Cookie Lyon - the female lead on Fox's breakout hit Empire - riotously played by Taraji P. Henson. Cookie is a Philly-bred, around-the-way girl who drinks hard-core rappers under the table, and unapologetically tosses the belongings of her ex-husband's fiancee from the top floor of a suburban mansion. And, whoa, the Cookie Monster fiercely loves her children. But we wouldn't connect to Cookie so completely if her sense of style - or, sometimes, lack thereof - wasn't so very on point with her character: Cookie dresses like a woman who doesn't play.
February 10, 2015 |
WHEN JIM KOLLER was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, he wanted to find out all he could about the disease. He wanted to know, how could he, a fitness buff who thought nothing of a 24-mile bike ride from his home in Lafayette Hill to the Philadelphia Art Museum and back, contract the crippling, fatal disease named after the baseball player Lou Gehrig? How could he, a man who lifted weights and swam six days a week for 20 years, be afflicted with a disease that slowly destroys a person's ability to even flex a muscle?
January 27, 2015 |
This, surely, is a concept to blow your mind: Main Line women wearing consignment-shop clothing and footwear, and carrying previously owned handbags. No cause for panic. The region's most affluent zone has not hit bad times. In this instance, consignment means high-end labels such as Chanel, Hermes, Miu Miu, and Alice + Olivia, with much of the merchandise coming from closets in Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Very big closets, including those of celebrities. "Their closets are bigger than this store," said Broomall resident Jan Gilbert, manager of 1,000-square-foot Rachelle Boutique & Designer Consignment on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
January 26, 2015 |
The chair he sat in for an interview, the swimsuit he donned for practice, the Graham Activities Building pool he nearly crossed without surfacing, they all looked too small for Reece Whitley. Though barely 15 - his birthday was earlier this month - Whitley is a 6-foot-8, 235-pound Penn Charter freshman, and when he mingles with swimming teammates, he looks more like their instructor than their peer. In fact, these days the only thing that seems large enough to fit Whitley is his enormous promise.
January 15, 2015 |
THOSE KILLER SONGS you hear on Fox's hit hip-hop soap "Empire"? They're coming straight out of Philly. Producer Jim Beanz , born James David Washington , works with superproducer Timbaland to create the pulse of the show. Beanz told me he creates about 90 percent of the music, working with local producer J. Nick and London's TroyBoi , with Timbaland overseeing the entire operation. "Most of the music was done here, at my studio in Bryn Mawr, believe it or not," Beanz told me from the show's premiere in L.A. last week.
December 18, 2014
AT JUST 14, swimmer Reece Whitley is making a big splash - so big that the Lafayette Hill native seems poised to become one of America's brightest future Olympic stars. Just shy of 6 feet 8 inches tall (hey, most-decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 6 feet 4), the teen told me he's often assumed to be a basketball player. And older. "Is he really 14?" is a question his parents, doctors Kim and Karl Whitley, hear often about their son, a competitive swimmer at his school, Penn Charter, and in the Suburban Swim League.
November 30, 2014 |
Shoppers across the Philadelphia region packed malls and big-box stores on Black Friday, battling for parking spots and discount goods. But in a second-floor space on the south side of Rittenhouse Square, commerce took on a quieter tone. The Tibetan Bazaar is the un-Black Friday, a place to shop for unique silverwork and textiles, to savor salty butter tea and inhale the steamy scent of traditional dumplings, known as momos, to trade the blare of canned holiday music for the hum of chanting monks.
November 24, 2014 |
Speaking in a small room at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill, Orenthal Hawkins addressed a group of 25 people, but he directed his comments to the world at large, particularly those who may have certain perceptions about the people who go to science-fiction conventions. "Are you passionate about the things you love?" asked Hawkins, an information technology professional. "Then you're a geek. " Hawkins spoke Saturday morning at a panel about what makes a "true" geek and about sexism among creators and fans of science-fiction stories and video games.
November 14, 2014
ISSUE | POLITICS Same old party A prominent U.S. senator was quoted describing the Republican Party as kidnapped by the "radical right" and influenced by "kooks, zanies, nuts, and hecklers, the absolute lunatic fringe. " An apt appraisal of today's regressive, antiscience, antiregulatory GOP? Actually, those were the thoughts of the late Hugh Scott (R., Pa.) in 1964, as reproduced Saturday in another excellent rendition of an Inquirer front page from 50 years ago. Apparently, history does repeat.