March 30, 2010 |
Stylistically diverse since the start of her quarter-century international career, Ang?lique Kidjo is one Afropop star who has never been limited by genre expectations. She made that clear on a rainy Sunday night in Wilmington, giving a Grand Opera House crowd a satisfying, multilingual romp through her repertoire, largely showcasing her 10th studio album, Oyo, out April 6. Although the energetic Grammy-winning singer incorporates musical elements of her native Benin, Kidjo, 49, has freely fed off pan-African and Euro-American influences all along, whether in composition, collaboration, or choices in covers.
January 16, 2010 |
Very soon, 76ers center Samuel Dalembert will return to Haiti, his native country recently devastated by an earthquake. Dalembert intended to charter a plane after last night's home game against the Sacramento Kings, but he must wait for border clearance. "I think it will be postponed until the following week," Dalembert said before the game. "Most likely, I'm going to go over there and distribute some stuff, pick up my brother and sister, and come back. " Dalembert, 28, pledged $100,000 of his own money to UNICEF, which aids relief efforts in Haiti.
September 18, 2008 |
The funeral service for Veno Leigertwood, 31, who was fatally shot Saturday morning outside his Yeadon home, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sharon Baptist Church, 3955 Conshohocken Ave., in Philadelphia. Friends may visit at 8:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Rolling Green Cemetery, West Chester. Mr. Leigertwood, a 2001 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, was packing a computer into his car, which was parked in his driveway, when he was shot, execution-style, about 6:30 a.m. He was on his way to his last class at Eastern College in Radnor before earning a master's of business administration in December.
November 16, 2007 |
Youssou N'Dour may be a serious spiritual and socio-conscious lyricist whose new Rokku Mi Rokka examines the honest, gentle characters who make up his world. He's the Senegalese composer whose role as a modern griot mixes the traditional music of his nation - mbalax - with pop, hip-hop, samba and electronic sound. He's a bringer of peace not only with conceptual albums like Egypt, essaying the joyful essence of Islam, but through his role as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He is so serious, but what makes him giggle?
October 1, 2007 |
Celebrity has its perks. You can jet anywhere, stay in the finest hotels, eat the most delicious food. Everybody knows you - so much so that simply catching a glimpse can make a tired working stiff's day. Just ask the crowd that packed the Inquirer building's lobby Thursday when rock star Bono visited Philadelphia to collect the Liberty Medal. It's popularity. It's curiosity. It's celebrity. It's power. Bono has power. He - and other celebrities of substance - use it to help push humanitarian crises from the periphery of American public interest toward the center.
September 28, 2007 |
Veteran 76ers center Samuel Dalembert left for Haiti on Sept. 15 with a stress fracture in his left foot. He returned on Sunday with a broken heart. Dalembert visited Haiti with UNICEF, a partner with the NBA Cares program, and received a firsthand look at the poverty in his native country. Even though he lived in Haiti until he was 13, Dalembert hadn't visited for eight years. And what he saw saddened him. "The people are so poor there," Dalembert said. "There are not activities for the children, and if they have nothing to do, that is when they get in trouble.
October 22, 2006 |
George Michael came not to bury marijuana but to praise it. The perpetually troubled pop star highlighted a taping session for a TV interview by smoking a joint, the British television network ITV reported. Antidrug campaigners were not amused. "Stupid and naive" was the way one of them characterized Michael's toke break. The tabloid-trotting singer lit up while being interviewed for The South Bank Show, a program dedicated to the arts, ITV said. The interview is scheduled for an Oct. 31 broadcast in the U.K. "This stuff keeps me sane and happy," Michael, 43, said in the interview.
July 5, 2005 |
WHILE ENDING poverty, hunger and disease may still be a few days off, we did learn something exceedingly important at Live 8. Angelina Jolie is not pregnant. "I am not pregnant," she told journalists at the Eden Project in Cornwall. But can we believe her? It's not like she's been a fountain of truth over the last few months. According to Britain's News of the World, Angelina, and son Maddox, showed up at the Cornwall Live 8 concert, while her is-he-or-isn't-he boyfriend, lying no-goodnik Brad Pitt, was helping Africa in London's Hyde Park.
January 5, 2005 |
The Rockets' Tracy McGrady, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, the Pacers' Jermaine O'Neal and four other NBA players have promised to donate $1,000 for every point they score in a game later this week to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Rockets' Bob Sura, the Raptors' Jalen Rose and the Grizzlies' Pau Gasol and Mike Miller also are taking part in the $1,000-per-point donations, which will be made to UNICEF. "I first talked about it with Jermaine and Tracy right before New Year's.
August 15, 2004 |
is a member of The Inquirer Editorial Board My "All Join Hands" columns have taken two tracks. One is to improve the protection of children in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties from violence, be it from a finger on a trigger or the hand of an adult. The second runs through the African nation of Uganda. Thousands of children in the north there have been abducted and forced into being soldiers or slaves in a civil war. You've heard of UNICEF, the United Nations' agency for children.