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]
March 7, 2014 |
THE BIG nonnews yesterday was about old DNA. Did it prove that Michael Jackson was the father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard or was it merely a website publicity stunt? Don't know. Don't care. But according to TMZ.com and Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com, there's a 99.9 percent chance (for those of you bad at math that's a very good chance) that Brandon is Michael's illegitimate son with singer Miki Howard . Brandon (a/k/a B. Howard), however, was not at the news conference and says he had nothing to do with it. Ho, Canada!
January 30, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - DeSean Jackson's face flashed on the big screen and the crowd that came to watch the Broncos and Seahawks get interviewed during Super Bowl media day booed. He laughed. This is New York Giants territory, and MetLife Stadium, site of the Eagles wide receiver's miracle punt return, is just up the road. Jackson, of course, wishes he was attending media day as a participant and playing at the Meadowlands on Sunday rather than spending Tuesday and the rest of the week making paid appearances.
December 27, 2013 |
SAM COOKE and Ben E. King are not two singers you'd typically find on the playlist of a 12-year-old seventh-grader. Cam Anthony is not your typical preteen. This Philly kid, born Camren Anthony Sherman, has become an international singing sensation through the power of YouTube and video shares, with more than 500,000 views and counting. In the last two months, he has jetted across the country with his parents, Melissa and Lamar, courting record-deal offers from industry legends such as Dr. Dre and Russell Simmons.