January 26, 2016
The sight of her aunt's being escorted out of a Donald Trump rally in South Carolina was too much for the celebrity makeup artist from Hatfield, Montgomery County. You may remember that earlier this month, Rose Hamid, 56, stood in silent protest of remarks by the GOP frontrunner that linked refugees to ISIS. Trump supporters began chanting "Trump! Trump! Trump!" Hamid, who is Muslim and covers her hair with a scarf, was removed from the rally. Pinned to her shirt was an eight-pointed yellow star bearing the word "Muslim," similar to the yellow Star of David that Jews were forced to wear throughout Nazi-occupied Europe.
January 16, 2016 |
El Chapo vs. Sean Penn Are cartel assassins after Sean Penn 's head? The blogosphere is alight with rumors that druglord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera , who was recaptured Friday after nearly six months on the lam, may blame Penn and Mexican TV star Kate del Castillo for leading cops to him. Penn met with El Chapo in October - no doubt to discuss the finer points of Sergei Eisenstein 's montage. As the New York Times reports, the gangster had never heard of Penn. It seems he agreed to see the American when Castillo, whom he seems to dig, vouched for Penn.
January 7, 2016
LAST WEEK'S Mummers Parade and some of the routines and signs of various Mummers have renewed calls to "clean up" the parade and make the parade more reflect the entire community. New Mayor Jim Kenney has taken to Twitter to call out a band that he felt mocked transgendered people through their Caitlyn Jenner routine. There are added calls to diversify the parade further to make it more inclusive to people besides traditional white males. All this talk moves my mind to call for the very same things when it comes to Philadelphia's July Fourth on the Parkway, Philadelphia's other big entertainment event.
December 19, 2015 |
The burgeoning career of the rapper Meek Mill was put on ice Thursday when a Philadelphia judge ruled that the 28-year-old star had again violated his probation from a 2008 drug and gun conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley hinted that the North Philadelphia rapper's next out-of-town tour - after he is sentenced Feb. 5 - could be state prison. "I bent over backward to give him every opportunity to grow his career," Brinkley told defense lawyer Frank DeSimone at the end of the 51/2-hour, virtually nonstop hearing.
December 13, 2015 |
Wear those nails short and neutral, unless you are willing to experiment. Then, we say, go long. The trendlet The stiletto nail - ranging from midi to lengthy and coming to a triangular point - is bringing attention to our fingertips. Variations of the pointy nail like the ballerina (it has a blunt tip like the toe shoe) and the almond nail (this is rounder) are making manicures this holiday season interesting. Where's it come from? In the 17th century, well-to-do Chinese women liked to wear nails super-long and pointy to show their status.
December 12, 2015 |
The hearing in Courtroom 907 on Thursday was never going to be a typical court proceeding. And that was even before Nicki Minaj walked in. The Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill was appearing at a probation hearing to assess whether his jet-setting travel over the last year had violated the terms of his probation. So Minaj, one of the biggest stars on the planet, took the stand in a cramped Philadelphia courtroom to vouch for her boyfriend, whom she described as occasionally "irresponsible" but working on becoming, as she put it, "a quote-unquote adult.
October 27, 2015 |
Maybe this Meek Mill - Nicki Minaj romance is legit. TMZ.com reports that the couple has bid on a 9BR home in the Hollywood Hills. They must be expecting a big family. TMZ says Nicki needs a place to live since the lease on her previous L.A. spot, with ex Safaree Samuels , ended in January. And Philly guy Meek is ready to head west because TMZ's source says Meek believes it will keep him out of trouble. Because no one gets in trouble in Los Angeles. Box-office duds The pack of new releases this past weekend flopped like fighters in on the fix, leaving room for holdovers "The Martian," "Goosebumps" and "Bridge of Spies" to stay in the top spots with $15.9 million, $15.5 million and $11 million, respectively, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday.
September 6, 2015 |
FOR 10 WEEKS, Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Rowan County, Ky., where she's the elected clerk, because "God's moral law" won't allow her to do so. Yet God's moral law has somehow allowed Davis to marry four times. That's how the Lord rolls in the Church of Kim. I was glad when Davis was finally jailed Thursday on contempt charges. She can stay there until her fifth wedding, for all I care. Still, her actions got me wondering last week if I, too, would let power go to my head if I were a public servant, able to pick and choose who to mess with.
September 4, 2015 |
In the 1993 film A Bronx Tale , Calagero asks Sonny: "Is it better to be loved or feared?" Taylor Swift manages both. Whether it's removing her entire catalogue of music from Spotify or gathering in four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (including a controversial Video of the Year), Swift is a formidable - and, yes, feared - force in music and the music industry. As for love, when Swift and Nicki Minaj embraced on the VMA stage on Sunday, it was just the latest of many intriguing public displays of affection between Swift and the hip-hop world.
August 9, 2015 |
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill returned to his hometown market on Thursday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. He was the opening act on the Pinkprint Tour, named after the 2014 album by Nicki Minaj, the Trinidad-born rhymer who is the foremost female emcee in rap, as well as his girlfriend. Mill had been having a great summer, with his strong second album Dreams Worth More Than Money taking the top spot on the Billboard chart upon its release. But then he got embroiled in a rap feud with Canadian rapper Drake, whom he has accused of not writing his own rhymes.