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January 13, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
THE RUMORS are true: North Philly rapper Meek Mill and superstar Nicki Minaj are an item. How do I know? They cuddled up next to each other at Friday night's Wale show at the TLA. Mill 's buddy Rick Ross and his gal pal, Ming Lee, were also there in support of his Maybach Music Group crew, along with local boxer-turned-designer Simon "One Punch" Carr . A spy tells me that Minaj kept a low profile, hanging in...
NEWS
June 4, 2012 | By Sam Adams and FOR THE INQUIRER
The opening acts at Friday's Wired Fest, a five-hour concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center Center in Camden, were meant to set the stage for headliner Nicki Minaj. But the show, sponsored by Wired 96.5 (WRDW 96.5-FM,) was neither a cohesive selection of like-minded artists nor a purposefully eclectic conclave like the Roots Picnic, but an accidental hodgepodge of seven performers, including B.o.B., T-Pain, and Diggy Simmons, taken from the station's playlists. Ironically, it turned out to be a fitting introduction for Minaj, whose attempts to conquer every corner of the pop universe simultaneously has stretched her prodigious talents to the breaking point.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
In yesterday's column , I wrote about how  Nicki Minaj was caught cuddling up with North Philly rapper Meek Mill after Friday's Wale  concert at the TLA. The couple has been teasing a relationship for some time, with Mill guesting on two songs on Minaj's new album, "The Pinkprint," and throwing out the line "Baddest bitch in the game wearing my chain, I'm ready," on his new track, "The Get Back (Freestyle). " But a tipster let me know that the relationship was not just a tease.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A GRUESOME double-stabbing in the shadows of a small East Germantown tavern yesterday sent shockwaves through the upper reaches of the music industry. De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, a veteran road manager who worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Britney Spears, died after being stabbed numerous times in the torso about 2:30 a.m. while brawling with another man in front of the Che Bar & Grill, on Stenton Avenue near Johnson Street, police said. Pickett and a co-worker, Eric Parker, in Philly to help Minaj prepare for an upcoming tour, had visited the bar at the end of a long night on the town, choosing it because they were friends with one of the employees, a police source said last night.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
NEWS
March 2, 2011 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
No doubt about it: This med student is hot. Performing on video dressed in scrub shirt and corset, she whirls her purple hair, prances among gurneys, crawls through the library to a confrontational hip-hop beat. Wanna be a doctor, that's why we all flocked here To medical school to be that Hippocratic rock star . . . We're dedicated to help the sick and isolated But for now we need the practice so prepare to be palpated! No, Vanessa Prokuski is not angry.
SPORTS
May 15, 2013
EAGLES SET LIST 1. Unstoppable - TobyMac featuring Blanca from Group 1 Crew 2. On Fire - Young Dro 3. Ready 2 Go - Martin Solveig featuring Kele 4. Thunderstruck - AC/DC 5. Panama - Van Halen 6. Joker & The Thief - Wolfmother 7. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne 8. Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran 9. New Day (Clean) - 50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys 10. No Way Back - Foo Fighters 11. Stronger - Kanye West 12. Black Betty - Ram Jam 13. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions 14. California Love - Tupac & Dr. Dre 15. I Found You (Bob Sinclar Remix)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Actress Megan Mullally; actor Steven Ho. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Jon Hamm; White Rabbits perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Julianne Moore; Brady Barr; Chickenfoot performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Comic Joan Rivers; Nicki Minaj performs.
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February 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Homicide detectives on Friday were pursuing leads in the stabbing death a Bronx man who worked for Nicki Minaj and was killed outside an East Germantown bar early Wednesday morning. De'Von Pickett, 29, succumbed to multiple stab wounds after an altercation that sources said he had attempted to defuse outside the Che Bar and Grill, 6364 Stenton Ave. Police were looking for three men who they said started at fight outside the bar with Pickett and several companions. One of Pickett's companions, a 27-year-old coworker, was seriously wounded in the fight, and was recovering at Einstein Medical Center.
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February 20, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A GRUESOME double-stabbing in the shadows of a small East Germantown tavern yesterday sent shockwaves through the upper reaches of the music industry. De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, a veteran road manager who worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West and Britney Spears, died after being stabbed numerous times in the torso about 2:30 a.m. while brawling with another man in front of the Che Bar & Grill, on Stenton Avenue near Johnson Street, police said. Pickett and a co-worker, Eric Parker, in Philly to help Minaj prepare for an upcoming tour, had visited the bar at the end of a long night on the town, choosing it because they were friends with one of the employees, a police source said last night.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
De'Von Pickett had been in town for only two days. The Bronx native - a road manager for rapper Nicki Minaj - was in Philadelphia to start rehearsals for her forthcoming tour, and took the opportunity to meet up with a few friends Tuesday night. By the next morning, he was dead. Pickett, 29, succumbed to stab wounds dealt outside an East Germantown bar in an early-morning attack. On Tuesday evening, Pickett and four friends - some from the tour, some local - had been out drinking, bouncing from Cavanaugh's in University City to Che Bar & Grill, a small, unassuming bar in East Germantown with a pool table and a dance floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
In yesterday's column , I wrote about how  Nicki Minaj was caught cuddling up with North Philly rapper Meek Mill after Friday's Wale  concert at the TLA. The couple has been teasing a relationship for some time, with Mill guesting on two songs on Minaj's new album, "The Pinkprint," and throwing out the line "Baddest bitch in the game wearing my chain, I'm ready," on his new track, "The Get Back (Freestyle). " But a tipster let me know that the relationship was not just a tease.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
THE RUMORS are true: North Philly rapper Meek Mill and superstar Nicki Minaj are an item. How do I know? They cuddled up next to each other at Friday night's Wale show at the TLA. Mill 's buddy Rick Ross and his gal pal, Ming Lee, were also there in support of his Maybach Music Group crew, along with local boxer-turned-designer Simon "One Punch" Carr . A spy tells me that Minaj kept a low profile, hanging in...
NEWS
January 2, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Minaj: Haunted by abortion   They say it's the third rail of American public discourse, yet Nicki Minaj isn't afraid to share when it comes to abortion. While still a schoolkid at New York's famed LaGuardia performing arts high school, the Trinidad and Tobago-born songstress became entangled with an older man who got her pregnant. "I thought I was going to die," Minaj, 32, tells Rolling Stone. "I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through. " Minaj, who has said her latest studio album, Pinkprint , is her most personal, had an abortion, something that has "haunted me all my life.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
FILM DIRECTOR Rupesh Paul , who sparked anger earlier this year with plans for "The Vanishing Act," a love triangle-themed movie about the Malaysia Airlines plane disappearance, says he's changing the plot to a thriller so he won't offend the families of the missing. Yeah, that should do it. Can't imagine why a grieving relative wouldn't appreciate that thoughtful gesture. "We respect the sentiments of all those who experienced loss due to the tragedy, and the intention was never to benefit out of it," the Indian director said.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  B   ILLY CRYSTAL will pay tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams at Monday night's Emmy Awards. Crystal will honor Williams as part of the traditional "in memoriam" segment for industry members who died during the past year, Emmy executive producer Don Mischer said in a statement yesterday. Mischer said that the memorial segment during the ceremony will include a performance from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles . At last year's Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment.
NEWS
July 15, 2014
THE "bombs bursting in air" over the Parkway during the July 4th concert were F-bombs. Mayor Nutter's response was a misfire. Given what's hit this town lately - guns in public schools, kids killed in fires, homes collapsing, the endless school-budget crisis - some foul comments won't kill us, but it paints a picture of a vulgarity-tolerant culture. Criticizing cursing in public venues will cost me my cool edge with the hip kids, I know. (I also know "cool" isn't cool and "hip" isn't hip - but that's how I roll.)
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