May 29, 2016
ROBERT "WOODY" Woodard's barbershop is a Wynnefield fixture, with a clientele of the famous and the not-so-famous. He treats them all the same. Michael Jackson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, singer Nina Simone, and former Sixers Moses Malone and Charles Barkley have all sat in Woody's chair. One photo in the shop shows Michael Jackson posed in Woodard's 1947 Cadillac. Another shows Woodard and Simone propped on the hood. Woodard is founder of Barbershop Talk Human Family Day, an annual spring celebration of racial unity.
March 13, 2016 |
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to "Off the Wall. " The title of Spike Lee's MJ doc doesn't trip off the tongue, but with the help of talking heads - including Quincy Jones, Questlove, Kobe Bryant, and, yes, David Byrne - and a trove of fabulous performance footage, it digs most satisfyingly into the former child star's pre-Thriller coming-of-age period. On DVD and Showtime On Demand. Mary Lattimore. First, Philadelphia's own indie-rock harpist hosts a DJ night with the inspired name "Hey Stupid, I Quit.
February 2, 2016
THE X-FILES 8 p.m. Monday, Fox29. If your favorite parts of the original X-Files were the monster-of-the-week episodes, you'll love this one, written by the Emmy-winning Darin Morgan. WAR & PEACE 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime. Keeping up with Andrew Davies' fun (really!) adaptation of the Tolstoy classic means staying tuned to Lifetime, since A&E and History have bowed out of the simulcast for this week and for next week's finale. THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX. More than 20 years after the verdict, the case that became a TV phenomenon finally has its own 10-episode series.
July 30, 2014 |
A Philadelphia prosecutor turned to no less an authority than Michael Jackson in opposing early parole for the rapper Meek Mill, saying he has yet to accept responsibility for himself and his actions. Much of Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis' legal response - filed Friday in Common Pleas Court after the rapper's plea for release from a three- to six-month sentence for violating probation - is a 13-page recitation of his problematic years on court supervision. But DeSantis also suggested that perhaps music was the best way to convince Mill - real name Robert Williams - that he has to take a "hard-earned look at himself, his talent, and his character as a man. " DeSantis then quotes from the lyrics to Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror," which includes the verse: "I'm starting with the man in the mirror; I'm asking him to change his ways.
July 25, 2014 |
HERE'S ONE of the many things Tattle has learned over the years writing about celebrities (and just observing life): When people don't like you, they magnify your flaws, and when they like you, they overlook your flaws. This leads us to the Gary, Ind., Community School Board's plan to name a school after . . . Michael Jackson . On Tuesday, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with MJ's mother, Katherine Jackson , that says the district hopes the move will "inspire children to excel in the arts and education.
May 28, 2014 |
Philly trombonist Jeff Bradshaw will gather his best friends Wednesday night - including vocal group Take 6 and fellow specialist Trombone Shorty - for HOME , a live recording session, with 10-piece band and strings, on the stage of the Kimmel's Verizon Hall. Bradshaw, 44, is confident but also humble for a guy who has traveled the world with Jay Z and played on albums for Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and Philly luminaries like Marsha Ambrosius and the Roots. Bradshaw was raised at the Cambridge Mall housing project at 12th and Girard Streets.
March 23, 2014 |
If 2011 had a signature soul sister, it was Marsha Ambrosius. The Philadelphia (by way of Liverpool) singer, songwriter, and one-time member of the rap-and-R&B outfit Floetry released her solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in March 2011. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Charts, No. 2 on the Top 200 Album Chart, each live show was more silken and passionate than the last, and Ambrosius far outran the typecasting of neo-soul that Floetry brought. Like Phyllis Hyman without the tragic torchiness, Ambrosius' voice and lyrics spoke cattily of wronged romance and haughtily of sour times with jazzy aplomb and salty tenderness.
March 11, 2014
AT A TIME when anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection might call herself a "gossip columnist," Flo Anthony is the real deal. A nationally syndicated radio personality and newspaper columnist (published locally in the Philadelphia Sunday Sun ), he's also been featured on shows like "The Insider," "Entertainment Tonight" and "Inside Edition," and is a correspondent for TV One's "Life After. " I first noticed Anthony on TV in the early 1990s, dishing about Michael Jackson and the mysterious inner workings of the famous Jackson clan.
March 9, 2014 |
Michael Jackson not the dad? Claims that Michael Jackson fathered a 31-year-old man named Brandon Howard are untrue, says TMZ. This week, Alki David , founder of FilmOn.com, said he had obtained DNA evidence that proved MJ's paternity. Turns out the lab that supposedly carried out the test is fake. The results are printed on paper that bears the same company logo as the fictional DNA testing lab in the sci-fi pic Terminator Salvation ! David on Friday told TMZ the test is real, and he said the lab added the logo design to make their printouts more photogenic.
March 8, 2014 |
I can prove I'm MJ's son! Singer and self-declared Michael Jackson spawn Brandon Howard , 31, has announced that on Friday he will go public with conclusive DNA evidence MJ was his dad. The Cleveland native's mother is pop singer Miki Howard , who was represented in the 1980s by MJ's dad, Joe Jackson . TMZ says Brandon somehow acquired the late pop star's DNA from an old orthodontic device. Jackson estate lawyer Howard Weitzman told TMZ, "We've never even heard from [Howard]