June 16, 2012 |
I can't think of anybody better equipped to run a male parenting program than Joel Austin, the president and CEO of Daddy UniverseCity Inc. You know how they tell writers to write what they know? Well, Austin runs what he knows. He knows the rock-bottom feeling of county sheriffs rousting him out of bed at 5 in the morning, cuffing and shackling him, and hauling him to jail for falling behind on his child-support payments — all while his three terrified sons watched from the next room.
June 7, 2012 |
BELIEVING he was handling an unloaded gun, an 18-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head during a webcam chat early Wednesday when the person on the other end of the conversation challenged the teen's manhood, police said. To make matters worse, the teen's two brothers — one of whom is just 13 — were in the room when the shooting occurred, said East Detectives Capt. John Gallagher. As of Wednesday night, the teen, whom police did not identify, was brain-dead and in extremely critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
December 29, 2011 |
So just who is this Chris Lilley anyway? That's the question many American viewers are going to be asking, for better and for worse, with the premiere of the 12-episode miniseries Angry Boys. The talented Melbourne comedian/ actor/ writer/ director's latest project gets a prime HBO slot beginning Sunday. Lilley has made waves before with We Can Be Heroes (a.k.a. The Nominees when it was shown on the Sundance Channel) and the wickedly smart Summer Heights High, semi-improvised mockumentaries about Australian life, in which he played the three main characters, effortlessly disappearing into the skin of a tough Tongan kid and an airhead teenage girl, to name just two. The performer is working on his biggest video canvas yet with Angry Boys, a comedic meditation on testosterone and manhood filmed in three countries (Australia, Japan, the United States)
April 27, 2011 |
EARLIER THIS week, a 10-second video clip sparked a huge controversy on the Internet. The video, recorded earlier this month, showed Toronto Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa grabbing the hand of teammate Reggie Evans as they walked to the locker room after a victory over the Orlando Magic. The public response reveals the ridiculous contradictions within our culture regarding "appropriate" male behavior. After all, the same folk who are weirded out by the sight of two men holding hands see nothing wrong with the plentiful array of hugs, ass smacks and chest bumps that comprise any professional or neighborhood basketball, football, hockey or baseball game.
November 29, 2009 |
Forty-three minutes past midnight, a crackle pierced the summer air. For a moment, Leroy Lewis, perched on a concrete wall beside a rowhouse in his Juniata Park neighborhood, talking to two friends, dismissed the sound as leftover fireworks. When Lewis, 19, turned to look, he saw a young man, his baseball cap tilted low, moving from the alleyway across the narrow street, pointing a gun, hunting. "The next shot was me looking at him," Lewis recounted later. "I just seen a whole bunch of fire.
November 2, 2009 |
LIFE IN America in the 21st century affords everyone the opportunity to be a hypocrite, especially in the environmental sphere. It also affords some greener-than-thou goofball the opportunity to point out your flaws, though those green-jeans folks usually have flaws of their own. (For every bit of recycling you do, you're no doubt violating some other carbon-offset credo by breathing too much.) As insufferable as the green crowd can be, and I know because I sometimes flash my membership card and correct people for their environmental slights while ignoring some of my own, we're light-years ahead of the dopes who are committed to nonsensical waste.
August 15, 2009
AS A HUSBAND and father, my family is my most prized possession. It's my job to love them, protect them, provide for them and, most of all, present them with a living portrait of manhood. That's why it struck a chord with me when I watched the news conference announcing that Michael Vick - who served 18 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting ring - had been signed by the Eagles. Amid everything Vick said about contrition and redemption, one thing stood out for me as a father.
May 18, 2009 |
Good things can indeed come in small packages, as dancer-choreographer Shavon Norris proved when she unwrapped two small, power-packed works at the Community Education Center over the weekend. To open, she danced her 2007 solo Said, a remembrance of things said to her as a child. In a pool of warm light, her movements began small - hips, then shoulders, then arms flying out - and gradually enlarged until she was moving full out across the floor. Norris, a CEC resident artist this year, wore a simple peach frock and cornrowed hair that gave her a little-girl look.
September 26, 2008 |
A version of this review appeared when "Mister Foe" was presented at the Philadelphia International Film Festival in April. 'I like creepy guys," confesses Kate Breck (Sophia Myles) in a bar, one too many drinks in her belly and her brain, to the young lad named Hallam Foe (Jamie Bell). In Mister Foe - a pervy and poignant tale of a boy on the brink of manhood, still reeling from the death of his mother - the late-20s Kate and the just-18 Hallam tumble into a strange romance. How strange?
February 17, 2008 |
Hoops By Major Jackson Norton. 125 pp. $14.95 For many world-traveled Philadelphians, all roads lead back to this beloved, red-brick city, its sights, smells and culture. Such apparently is the case for poet Major Jackson. In Hoops, his latest book, the Temple University graduate and product of the Philadelphia public schools conjures nuances of urban life, especially in his native North Philadelphia, in engaging poems. In telling stories, Jackson references many familiar places and situations, among them his childhood in an often tense and polarized city and his perilous journey from black youth to manhood.