June 5, 2013 |
Berry Gordy, the 83-year-old founder of Motown Records, the Detroit label that became a hit-making factory and produced such stars as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Michael Jackson, is the recipient of the 2013 Marian Anderson Award, Mayor Nutter announced Monday. The award, given to "artists and individuals whose body of work has improved the world beyond the power to entertain," is named for the late African American contralto and South Philadelphia High graduate who was celebrated as a singer of both classical music and spirituals in her lifetime.
November 20, 2012 |
IT'S THE s---storm of the century. John Bolaris finally got his day in court Friday in Miami, testifying against the Russian crime syndicate charged with using women to scam and drug unsuspecting tourists like him. But he says that experience was marred by report on Philadelphia magazine's website that he defecated himself, as one of his alleged scammers testified in court. "No. 1, it didn't happen," Bolaris told us over the weekend. "If it did happen, I would say it happened.
November 19, 2012 |
NEW YORK - You hear James Earl Jones before you see him, as it should be. The oceanic rumble of his familiar bass announces his arrival at Gabriel's, the cozy brasserie near Lincoln Center. First, the voice fills the restaurant, followed by the six-footer with the sea-green eyes. Clad in a bomber jacket, souvenir of his role as Admiral Greer in The Hunt for Red October , the lion of Broadway may be in the winter of his career but there is spring in his step. The man who lent his voice to The Lion King presents himself with modesty, not majesty.
September 11, 2012 |
Barbados-born singer Rihanna , smokin' hot from Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards, brings her "Diamonds World Tour" to the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 p.m. March 14. Tickets go on sale Saturday, so get 'em or get the heck out!!!! She was last at Wells Fargo in July 2011. Which of her accomplishments shall we list? Her Moonman award for vid of the year at the VMAs? Or "We Found Love," inescapable this summer, 10 weeks at No. 1? The thing she does most is shock. She's got this new tattoo of Isis , purportedly in honor of her grandma, Clara "Dolly" Braithwaite, who departed this vale on July 1. Where is this memorial tat?
June 6, 2012 |
Darth Vader is about to be rewarded for his philanthropy. On Nov. 19, actor James Earl Jones, whose voice gave life to the famous "Star Wars" character, will join Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor and Oprah Winfrey on the list of accomplished Marian Anderson Award recipients. Mayor Nutter made the official announcement at the Sofitel hotel on Monday. The award — which honors philanthropic artists with a gift of $50,000 — is given each year in the name of Philadelphia contralto Marian Anderson.
June 5, 2012
THE MOST RECENT recipients of the Marian Anderson Award are actress Mia Farrow in 2011, actor and comedian Bill Cosby in 2010, author Maya Angelou and screenwriter Norman Lear in 2008, actor Richard Gere in 2007 and actor Sidney Poitier in 2006. No award was given in 2009. n
January 20, 2012 |
Arthur Yegyan, 80, of Swarthmore, who operated Rittenhouse Cleaners in Center City for more than 30 years, died of complications from heart surgery on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Saunders House in Wynnewood. In 1967, Mr. Yegyan took over Rittenhouse Cleaners, which his father-in-law, Haig DerGazarian, established at 17th and Pine Streets in 1928. His son, David, later joined him in the business. Their regular customers included Ed Rendell, among other politicians, and professional athletes such as Julius Irving.
August 2, 2011 |
Rihanna , 23, lit up her native Barbados like a Christmas tree Monday in a skimpy red bikini 'n' fishnet stockings outfit, capped by an explosion of neon-red feathers on her pate. The singer, who launched her "Loud Tour" in June, was celebrating the Kadooment Day Parade. The fest, dating to the late 18th century, marks the sugar cane harvest, says the island's tourism board. In fit fashion, Rihanna tells September's Glamour her fashion aesthetic rests on the quality of the bizarre.