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February 23, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
HOMICIDE UNIT detectives questioned a man yesterday in the stabbing death of one of Nicki Minaj's road managers at an East Germantown tavern, police said. Investigators later released that man and were looking to bring two others in for questioning in the Wednesday slaying of De'Von "Day Day" Pickett, Homicide Unit Captain James Clark said. No arrest warrants had been issued for the three persons of interest, whose names were not released by police. Clark said he's confident that an arrest in the case will be coming in the next few days, pending the questioning of the two other individuals.
NEWS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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