February 23, 2013 |
By day, Jannie L. Blackwell is an oh-so-serious Philadelphia City Council member, known for helping the homeless people who show up at her office and for overseeing her West Philadelphia district like a fiefdom. But Thursday night, she was "Jannie from Cheyney. " Clad in a black-and-white Adidas track suit, bulky gold chain, and sunglasses, the councilwoman - a graduate of Cheyney University - and several staffers did their own version of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight. " "And in conclusion / I'd just like to say / I'm Jannie from Cheyney / have a blessed day," she rapped.
February 19, 2013 |
BRIAN UTAIN WAS one of a group of Temple University students who used to harmonize on the lawn or in Mitten Hall or even on street corners in the '60s, lending their own original take on R&B and soul numbers. A lot of their singing was a capella, but there was a piano in Mitten Hall, and a member of the group, Daryl Hohl, could play accompaniment. They called themselves the Temptones, the name taken from the school they were attending and the popular Temptations, whom they idolized.
November 18, 2012
Cleve Duncan, 78, whose soaring tenor voice as lead singer for the Penguins helped propel the 1954 doo-wop ballad "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" to rock 'n' roll immortality, died Nov. 7 in Los Angeles. "Earth Angel," which has sold more than 10 million copies, was the Penguins' only hit. But its rhythmic, wailing plea to an idealized young woman captured the spirit of the just-emerging rock generation. Rolling Stone magazine placed it on its list of the 500 greatest songs ever, and films like Back to the Future have used it to conjure an era. Cleveland Duncan was born July 23 of either 1934 or 1935 in Los Angeles, and learned to sing in his church choir and glee clubs.
July 27, 2012 |
Showing off your talent isn't the point of the student showcase Thursday morning at Neil A. Armstrong Middle School in Fairless Hills. The star turn bringing a parent to tears might be Jordan Perry standing before the crowd as master of ceremonies. Not long ago, the 12-year-old was so withdrawn that he couldn't look his teacher in the eye. Or it might be Leila Kelley, 7, banging a bucket with a drumstick. Only a few days ago, she was so anxiety-ridden that she hid behind a curtain.
July 14, 2012 |
Jennifer Lopez, have you no shame?! Steven Tyler, have you, um, no shame either? Having used American Idol to resurrect their careers, the pair have dumped the Fox talent show. With Simon Cowell long gone, does Idol have long to live? J-Lo, who was in Philly on Thursday, reportedly made $12 mil for her Idol-atrous service. She announced her treachery by phoning in to stalwart Idol host Ryan Seacrest's radio show Friday. "I really was dreading this phone call with you," she told him. "I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do that I've put kind of on hold because I love Idol so much.
July 5, 2012
"Oh, there's all these rumors that I'm a lesbian," says Kelly Clarkson, who graces the cover of Lucky mag's first music issue. The Voice mentor is jocular, her lucky Lucky interlocutor says. Well? Is she? "I have a boyfriend now," Kelly, 30, says. "Brandon Blackstock, my manager Narvel's son, Reba McEntire's stepson. " The blushing American Idol hopeful turned megastar is as all-American traditional as her music: She likes to shoot guns. "I just had my 30th birthday and we went turkey shooting," she says.
April 11, 2012 |
ONE COMMENT people will never make about Joey Gorman is that he's a one-trick pony. Out and about, he's known mostly for the skills that last year enabled him to earn Pitcher of the Year honors for the Daily News All-City Baseball Team. But inside the walls at Ss. Neumann-Goretti, he also receives respect for his academic prowess (top 25 among seniors), standing as the student council vice president, and wildly impressive singing talents. Oh, wait. The jury is out on that last one. Tuesday, the 5-10, 180-pound lefthander, who's bound for Saint Joseph's University and was making his first in-game throws of any kind this season, came within three outs of a shutout as the Saints bested visiting Archbishop Wood, 5-2, in a Catholic Blue opener.
November 11, 2011 |
Here's your chance to see huge dinosaurs up close, even some originals from the film Jurassic Park , at Granite Run Mall's new permanent interactive museum, Dino Don's Dinosaurium. The 6,500-square-foot museum, which is also a learning lab that combines science and education, showcases 12 rare dinosaur species such as the Yangchuanosaurus, Sichuanosaurus, and Velociraptor, the dino-villain in the Jurassic Park series. The exhibit has moving dinosaurs and a pit where kids can go on a dinosaur dig, searching for fossils.
August 23, 2011 |
First, Donald Trump bid for the White House. Then Alec Baldwin said he wasn't yet running for mayor of New York, but might. Martin Sheen fans urged him to run for president of Ireland. (He isn't.) Now it's Rob Lowe . Sheen's The West Wing costar tells Fox News' Fox & Friends he won't/might enter national politics. He won't because it's nasty: "When I see the [political] discourse, I definitely think it's better to play politicians [on TV] than actually be them," Lowe says.