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November 18, 2013 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
'My dream was to make some music and get some girls," says Berry Gordy Jr. "My bar was low. As I went on, new doors kept opening. I exceeded my wildest dreams. " He pauses for a moment. It's been a very good year for the founder of Motown Records, who will be 84 on Nov. 28. Since his jukebox autobiography's debut on Broadway in April, Motown The Musical has made $45 million. In June, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored him with its pioneer award. Earlier this month, he received Ebony magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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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
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Alexandra Jaffe, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he plays with his youth orchestra in front of more than 300 people, 13-year-old Max Chambers of Berwyn isn't nervous. He's done this a lot, he says, looking every bit the professional despite his age, in a white button-down and black dress pants. Max sits in the first chair of the second violin section of the Musicopia String Orchestra, which played on Sunday at the Benjamin Britten Festival Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Since he was 9, Max has known that he wants to spend his life playing the violin.
NEWS
December 9, 1997
Next summer, Philadelphia will announce the first Marian Anderson Award, a $100,000 cash prize presented to a renowned arts figure who also works to better society. And arts events will be part of the festivities. Bravo. Think of it: An annual honor for an internationally renowned arts figure with a social conscience - set off by events showcasing outstanding performers and artists, all in our own backyard. It's a great opportunity for regional arts and cultural organizations to remain in the spotlight - especially because summer's a time when many venues have gone dark for the season.
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June 5, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
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July 1, 2000 | By Gerald Kolpan
When the first Marian Anderson Award was given out three years ago, the recipient was Harry Belafonte. Clearly a fine choice. Singer, longtime civil rights activist and famous Hollywood actor. The next year, the award went to Gregory Peck. Nice guy. Quietly supported liberal causes. Star of To Kill A Mockingbird. And famous Hollywood actor. This year"s recipient will be Elizabeth Taylor. Legendary beauty. Raises both awareness and millions of dollars to fight the scourge of AIDS.
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January 15, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Mia Farrow, the actress and humanitarian whose persistent advocacy of human rights in sub-Saharan Africa has earned her international recognition, will receive the Marian Anderson Award in May, Mayor Nutter announced Friday. The prize is named for the Philadelphia-born contralto who used her celebrity to effect social change. Since 1998, it has been given to entertainer/activists such as Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, and Gregory Peck. When Anderson (1897-1993), the celebrated African American singer, met with racial intolerance, she gracefully fought for social justice.
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November 18, 2008 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"Maya Angelou makes me cry," the filmmaker Jonathan Demme said of the poet and co-recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, bestowed at a Kimmel Center gala last night. "And Norman Lear makes me crack up," Demme noted of Angelou's co-honoree, the TV pioneer and social activist. The event was star-studded and politically connected. Harry Belafonte, the first recipient of the award given in the name of the Philadelphia contralto who used her art in the service of social justice, sat for dinner with Demme and Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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March 25, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  R   ICHARD GERE went method after filming "Franny" in Philadelphia last year. In "Franny," Gere plays a philanthropist and addict who embeds himself in the lives of a young couple, played by Dakota Fanning and Theo James (who just hit box-office gold this weekend as Four, the male lead in "Divergent"). I hear that Gere donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Livengrin Foundation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers servicing the tristate area.
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November 20, 2013 | By Alexandra Jaffe, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he plays with his youth orchestra in front of more than 300 people, 13-year-old Max Chambers of Berwyn isn't nervous. He's done this a lot, he says, looking every bit the professional despite his age, in a white button-down and black dress pants. Max sits in the first chair of the second violin section of the Musicopia String Orchestra, which played on Sunday at the Benjamin Britten Festival Concert at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Since he was 9, Max has known that he wants to spend his life playing the violin.
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November 18, 2013 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
'My dream was to make some music and get some girls," says Berry Gordy Jr. "My bar was low. As I went on, new doors kept opening. I exceeded my wildest dreams. " He pauses for a moment. It's been a very good year for the founder of Motown Records, who will be 84 on Nov. 28. Since his jukebox autobiography's debut on Broadway in April, Motown The Musical has made $45 million. In June, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honored him with its pioneer award. Earlier this month, he received Ebony magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
PHILLY'S OWN Jill Scott likes not being Jill Scott, if only for a little while. She hits the big screen tomorrow in "Baggage Claim," playing Gail, the cheeky best friend to Paula Patton 's lovelorn flight attendant who doesn't realize that love might not require a boarding pass. Saucy Gail is quite different from songstress Scott or even the Jill Scott who has inhabited other roles, like Precious in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" or Sheila in "Why Did I Get Married?"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
THE GERE is here. Silver fox Richard Gere will shoot his new film, "Franny," in Philadelphia. Production starts in October. Gere will play "a hedonistic philanthropist who ingratiates himself into the lives of a newlywed couple in order to re-create the life he once had," according to a statement about the indie drama. Gere will reunite with the team that produced his well-received financial film "Arbitrage" for the movie written and directed by Andrew Renzi. Gere is no stranger to Philly.
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June 5, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
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November 20, 2012 | By Dan Gross
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.
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November 19, 2012 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
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.
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