February 21, 2015 |
If ever there were a complicated male bill of soul-hop singers and MCs, Wednesday's show featuring Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and Tyga at Wells Fargo Center was it. Tyga is known for supposedly dating Kylie Jenner of Kardashian/Jenner family fame. If the Bruce Jenner news wasn't bad enough, Tyga got Twitter-dissed by Philly's Amber Rose (ex-Mrs. Wiz Khalifa!) for leaving his baby mama for young Kylie Jenner. It's hip-hop as soap opera. As for soapy drama, Chris Brown is the king: club shootings, Drake disses, his history with Rihanna, etc. Poor Songz - not known for anything but great singing, good abs, and racy lyrics.
January 22, 2015
SOUTH PHILADELPHIA native Amber Rose referred to the street near her old stomping grounds when she Instagrammed several pics of herself wearing a string monokini with the heading, "MILFIN.'" Wiz Khalifa 's ex didn't include their almost two-year-old in her scantily clad portraits taken in South Beach. Nor did Rose spell check. The street between Moore and McKean is Mifflin, my dear. Wait. That's not what Kanye West 's onetime main squeeze meant by her all-caps pronouncement?
October 21, 2014 |
A white sign fluttered from a fourth-floor balcony at the Piazza at Schmidts where six young men and women sipped from bottles and red plastic cups, music blaring below. "Yo Wiz," the sign read, calling out to rapper Wiz Khalifa, "After Party Over Here. " The best party in the city on Sunday did, indeed, seem to be at the Under 30 music festival, where Khalifa and others played as part of the Forbes Under 30 Summit. The four-day event, which kicked off with the free concert, is bringing billionaires, venture capitalists, business tycoons, and young entrepreneurs together in Philadelphia through Wednesday.
October 9, 2014
SORRY, LADIES. One of the city's hunkiest and most eligible bachelors is engaged. I'm talking about none other than Eagles offensive guard Todd Herremans . I caught up with him at a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion event recently and couldn't help but notice that he and his gorgeous girlfriend, Elizabeth Dee , looked especially happy. When I asked him how things were, he broke the news that the couple were engaged and planning a spring wedding. In other off-the-gridiron news, Eagles running back LeSean "Shady" McCoy is now an on-air contributor at CBS3 and for SportsRadio 94WIP.
September 28, 2014 |
Next month, Forbes magazine is putting on its first Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia, a confab aimed at young tech entrepreneurs. The event runs Oct. 19 to 22. It aims to be a sort of mini-SXSW, with panel discussions, interview sessions, and Shark Tank -style competitions all day long at the Convention Center Oct. 20 and 21. All manner of boldface names will be in town: Tinder cofounder Sean Rad; Shake Shack restaurateur Danny Meyer; America...
September 26, 2014 |
Amber's all done with Wiz Everyone's breaking up! A day after we find out Kris Jenner has dumped Whatshisname , there's news that locally-bred model-actor Amber Rose , 30, has filed for divorce from hip-hopster Wiz Khalifa , 27, citing irreconcilable differences. They were married for . . . drumroll . . . 14 whole months! Court papers say Amber, a South Philly gal born Amber Levonchuck , wants custody of the couple's 20-month old son, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz . She also asks for spousal support as detailed in their prenup.
September 24, 2014 |
BY ALL accounts, 6ABC reporter Annie McCormick is a fantastic reporter and wonderful woman, and it's a shame what's happening to her. Sources tell me that McCormick asked the station for some time off after her husband, lobbyist A.J. Marsico , was charged with sexual assault stemming from an August incident. A rep from 6ABC said that the station does not comment on personnel matters. McCormick is a part-time employee at 6ABC and does not have a regular schedule.
August 26, 2014 |
LAST NIGHT was the MTV Video Music Awards. Which means that the night before, the odds were 5-to-1 that Suge Knight was going to get shot. At a 2005 pre-VMA party hosted by Kanye West , in Miami, Suge was shot in the leg. He was shot again early yesterday morning - twice - at a Sunset Strip nightclub in Los Angeles. At a party for Chris Brown 's new album. According to London's Daily Mail , a witness said that Brown was the target of the shots. Others at the party at various times throughout the night included the two ubiquitous Jenner girls, Justin Bieber , the Game , Tyson Beckford and Apple de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas . The Los Angeles Times reported that West Hollywood Mayor John D'Amico went out on a limb and called the nightclub shooting of Suge and two others "unacceptable.
July 25, 2014 |
Summer is Wiz Khalifa time. His tune "Shell Shocked" is on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sound track. His new album, Blacc Hollywood , drops in August. And the rapper will take his third Under the Influence of Music summer tour through Scranton on Thursday and to Camden on Friday. "I always wanted to make Under the Influence something to talk about," says Khalifa, "not just the day after the show, but the rest of your life. " He's a Pittsburgh native. His 2010 hit "Black and Yellow" was a pledge of allegiance to the Steelers.
September 3, 2013 |
What makes a great music festival? A top-notch selection of acts, for sure. Marquee names like Beyoncé, who headlined the Budweiser Made in America festival Saturday, and Nine Inch Nails, who closed it Sunday, are necessary. But it needs more. A one-of-a-kind setting, and a unique musical identity - not easily achieved on an overcrowded calendar where it seems the same acts are playing every 'palooza on the circuit. In its second-year growth spurt, give Made in America a passing grade in those areas.