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April 5, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New York Times has anointed her "the most influential female rapper of all time. " But to Northeast Philadelphia's Maurice Wright, Nicki Minaj is just "my little Barbie. " Wright, 22, was one of hundreds of Minaj fans who took over South Broad Street in Center City on Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of an in-store autograph session by the rapper. She was due to arrive at the f.y.e. store at Broad and Chestnut Streets in support of her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which was released Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Finding the perfect wig for your Halloween costume can be the difference between a trick or a treat. Especially this year when our celebrities du jour - many of whom do scary things all year long - are so creative when it comes to coifs. Think Nicki Minaj's ombré, white-to-pink tresses; singer Miguel's dark pompadour; and the signature Afro of Philly's own Questlove Thompson that isn't complete without a perfect power-to-the-people pick. "The wig makes the character," said Lois Arnold, owner of Lois A. Wigs on South Fourth Street.
NEWS
June 24, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actor Dennis Quaid; Nicki Minaj performs. Entertainment Tonight (7 p.m., CBS3) - Actors Selena Gomez and Cory Monteith; Cars 2 . The Insider (7:30 p.m., CBS3) - Courteney Cox; Katie Couric; Cameron Diaz. Flashpoint (8 p.m., CBS3) - When a young man is held captive by a carjacker who kidnapped a woman with a baby in her vehicle, the team must figure out how to get in without hurting the infant. Friday Night Lights (8 p.m., NBC10)
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June 27, 2011 | Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Chris Brown won a pair of prizes at Sunday's BET Awards. The 21-year-old singer and the night's leading nominee won best male R&B artist and best collaboration for his song "Look At Me Now" with Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Nicki Minaj won for best female hip-hop artist. Kanye West won for best male hip-hop artist but wasn't on hand to accept the trophy. Diddy Dirty Money was named best group. Jaden Smith and Willow Smith tied as winners of the Young Stars award.
NEWS
August 1, 2011 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
There have been moments, sometimes lasting years, when Britney Spears has seemed like an accessory to her own career - the public face of a vast army of producers, songwriters, choreographers, stylists, publicity agents, and marketing executives. But holding together that tangle of competing agendas is no easy task. Part of what great pop stars do is provide a sense of continuity, using the force of their personality to bridge the gaps between trends. It cannot be an easy job, and six weeks into her Femme Fatale tour, even Britney Spears looked as though she was tired of being Britney Spears.
NEWS
July 6, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Erin McCarthy, and Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the aroma of funnel cakes and firecrackers wafted across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Friday night, Victoria Whartenby, 14, made a sacrifice for her favorite singer. The petite girl from Clayton would never catch a glimpse of Ed Sheeran with taller fans towering over her. So she got a better view - from the back of a garbage truck. "Anything for Ed," she said with a smile, unfazed by the smell, as she scanned over the crowd of concertgoers. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the day packed Philadelphia, from the green yard behind Independence Hall to the steps of the Art Museum, to celebrate the city's annual Fourth of July celebration, billed as America's biggest free concert and party, and capped by a spectacular display of fireworks.
NEWS
March 28, 2011 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
"I am the greatest entertainer the world has ever seen," Lil Wayne told the crowd near the end of his show at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. In different circumstances, that might seem a bit of a stretch, but in that moment, it would have been difficult to argue the point. Stoked in no small part by Dwayne Carter's own claims, the debate over whether he is the best rapper alive rages on, but at the top of his game, he is the top of the game. After an eight-month prison term on weapons charges and a middling attempt to incorporate rock elements into his sparse, sweaty Southern hip-hop, he headed back to his roots.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love is fleeting - or maybe just ill-advised. Ryan Reynolds , 34, and Charlize Theron , 36 on Sunday, broke up in late July after only two months of dating, reports Us Weekly. He wanted a summer fling, she wanted to settle down. Reynolds is hot off a divorce from Scarlett Johansson , who reportedly was the one to end the two-year marriage in December. Is it coincidence that all this, um, coincides with Reynolds' just-released what-if-your-life-were-different flick The Change-Up ?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2011
Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Diamond will receive the 2011 Billboard Icon Award at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards. Diamond will also take to the stage and perform. The award, which honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator, writer, and entertainer has stood the test of time, will be presented at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Hosted by Ken Jeong, the awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday from 8-11 p.m. on 6ABC.
NEWS
September 2, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS "A
MERICAN IDOL'S" game of musical chairs may have taken another casualty as new reports claim Randy Jackson is vacating his post as judge - a spot he's held since the singing competition premiered in 2002. Jackson is reportedly stepping away from the judges' table but would continue to play a role in the show as a mentor to the contestants. No word on what capacity that mentorship would be. "Idol" currently relies on guest musicians to dole out advice alongside Jimmy Iovine, the in-house "Idol" mentor and chairman of Interscope/ Geffen/ A&M (contestants broker deals through Universal Music Group, with Interscope proving popular among them)
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