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January 16, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
We might speak of London-born Sam Smith with the same reverence we once did Boy George and George Michael. All are soulful New Wave Brits whose warm, torchy voices can move you to tears. Smith - who packed the Liacouras Center on Tuesday - is British blue-eyed pop-soul's voice du jour, a platinum-selling singer/songwriter, with his debut album In the Lonely Hour . Smith, 22, was actually very reminiscent of the Boy George of yore (sans the cross-dress accoutrements). From the shape of his face to a yearning voice that leaped from falsetto to round, low tones, Smith is a spiritual brother to Boy George.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Soul of the South Television, which originates from Little Rock and targets an African American audience, will replace NBC programming on NBC40 at the Jersey Shore, a network official confirmed Wednesday. The NBC affiliation was to expire at midnight Wednesday. After that, Soul of the South programming takes over, said Matthew Mixon, vice president of sales and distribution for Soul of the South Television. The NBC40 news crew will not report for work to the TV studios on Thursday, NBC40 officials have said.
SPORTS
December 21, 2014
Home games in capitals Week 1   Orlando Predators, March 29 2   Spokane Shock, April 4 3   JACKSONVILLE SHARKS, April 12 4   CLEVELAND GLADIATORS, April 18 5   New Orleans VooDoo, April 25 6   PORTLAND THUNDER, May 2 7   ORLANDO PREDATORS, May 8 8   Jacksonville Sharks,   May 16 9   Tampa Bay Storm   , May 22 10    LAS VEGAS OUTLAWS, May 30 11   NEW ORLEANS VOODOO, June...
SPORTS
December 21, 2014
THE SOUL will open the 2015 season with a pair of road games before welcoming in Jacksonville for its home opener on Saturday, April 12. The team's 18-game schedule includes byes in Weeks 15 and 18. In fact, the entire league is off in Week 15, which is the July 4 weekend. Three teams from last season - Iowa, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio - are not fielding teams in 2015. The AFL scrapped divisions and instead will have two six-team conferences. The Soul will be in the American Conference with Cleveland, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa Bay. The National Conference consists of three-time defending champ Arizona, Los Angeles, Portland, San Jose, Spokane and Las Vegas, an expansion team.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN THE early-morning hours of April 1, 2012, outside the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club in West Philly, a man shot another man in the chest, then stood over his victim, pumping eight more shots into him, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday. "Lying on the street, his body riddled with gunshot wounds," was Marcus Smith, 28, said Assistant District Attorney Guy D'Andrea. Smith was pronounced dead shortly afterward at a hospital. Authorities contend that a man named Cortez Pryor fired the shots, and that his cousin, Demetrious Young, helped.
SPORTS
November 17, 2014
THE SOUL re-signed quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to a 2-year contract, the Daily News has learned from a league source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Raudabaugh, the team's offensive leader the last three seasons, represents the first key player to rejoin the club. He has an extensive relationship with head coach Clint Dolezel. Dolezel was re-signed in September, also for two seasons. The Soul went a disappointing 9-9 this past season and was eliminated by Cleveland in the first-round of the playoffs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Juilliard-trained. Schooled in Shakespeare, Strindberg, Oscar Wilde. Dedicated to her art, and to the idea of art. But in Interstellar , the widescreen sci-fi epic from Christopher Nolan, opening Friday, Jessica Chastain plays a scientist with a head full of equations, and questions, about time, relativity, quantum mechanics. She's an astrophysicist. A stretch, right? "Actually, I am an astrophysicist," insists the twice Oscar-nominated actress, on the phone from Los Angeles the other day. "I've been paying the bills through acting.
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HELEN BURNS was a searcher for lost souls. She was an associate Baptist minister, but she didn't confine her search to the precincts of her church. She went into the outside world, where other sinners lurked. And what better place to find them than prisons? She took her ministry to Graterford Prison, the George W. Hill Correctional Institution in Delaware County, and other facilities confining those who had made wrong choices in their lives. Helen had an instinct for knowing where to find the people who were most in need of her brand of faith and spiritual uplift, delivered with her special compassion and love.
NEWS
October 24, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zellweger's new soul In the topsy-turvy world of celebs, the inner is but a reflection of the outer, the soul a shadow of your sexiest dress. So it's good to see Renée Zellweger has adopted a new, healthy look. "I'm glad folks think I look different," says the Bridget Jones Diary star. Verily, it seems the actor has had a spiritual makeover. "My friends say that I look peaceful," she tells People. "I am healthy. For a long time, I wasn't doing such a good job with that.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IT'S ONLY THE SECOND WEEK in October, so that means it's time to start hanging Christmas lights, cursing New Year's and thinking about awards season. Then again, when it comes to celebrities, when is it not awards season? The Soul Train Awards announced their nominations yesterday, and Chris Brown is beating everyone. Brown scored seven nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and Song of the Year for "Loyal. " Beyonce earned six nods and Pharrell followed with five.
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