February 20, 2015 |
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.
February 20, 2015 |
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.
January 22, 2015 |
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.
January 14, 2015 |
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.
January 13, 2015 |
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...
January 2, 2015 |
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.
November 13, 2014 |
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.
August 22, 2014 |
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.
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.)
July 6, 2014 |
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.