August 13, 2016 |
Imagine being sandwiched between Beyoncé and Adele. That's where Todrick Hall found himself when he released Straight Outta Oz in June on YouTube. His visual album reached No. 2 on the pop charts after garnering more than one million views in its first week. For Straight Outta Oz , Hall molded L. Frank Baum's classic to fit his own narrative as a queer, African American man from Texas trying to navigate the entertainment industry. Now, he's on the road touring the record, plus eight new songs.
June 23, 2016 |
At first glance, it appears 21-year-old Rachel Levin and her boyfriend are hosting an epic pool party in her Lower Merion backyard. To document the festivities, maybe a few selfies or video clips will find their way to Snapchat - because, you know, that's the average social-media output for a Gen Z-er. Except that Levin is RCLBeauty101 . Her YouTube handle might not mean anything to you if you are a twinkle older than 25, but to the makeup world of tween and teen girls, Levin is a superstar.
June 2, 2016 |
I watch classic films like High Society , Breakfast at Tiffany's , and Mahogany repeatedly - not so much for the story lines, but because I get a kick out of seeing Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Diana Ross dressed exquisitely in the fashions of their eras. This is why I always get lured into clicking on Mode Studios' historically haute "100 Years" videos, quick-paced series of two- to three-minute mini-movies that chronicle men's and women's fashion over the decades.
April 13, 2016 |
YouTube sensation Ed Bassmaster took a pay cut to star on his own TV show. Born Edwin Rodriguez in Northeast Philadelphia, Bassmaster has made a name (and a living) for himself by pulling pranks on unsuspecting victims - like dressing up as a zombie and going through a fast-food drive-through (30 million views) - and creating characters like Teste, Mumbles, and a CIA agent who conducts undercover operations at Kmart. Last year, Bassmaster made national news when he took credit for destroying HitchBOT , a hitchhiking Canadian robot that met its demise in Philadelphia (he didn't actually destroy it)
April 6, 2016 |
Charlie Puth may be a 24-year-old, piano-pounding pop sensation from Rumson, N.J., whose roots go as far back as ... YouTube, and whose gossipy connections include rumored hookups with Selena Gomez, but the songs he writes and the sounds he makes are the workings of a very old soul. At least one older than Gomez. While Puth's lyrics reference the ageless pains of romance and smooth R&B legends ("Marvin Gaye"), his buoyant melodies - on full display at a sold-out-to-the-rafters show at South Street's Theatre of Living Arts on Monday night - nod to quintessentially classic pop perfectionists Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren and George Gershwin.
March 23, 2016 |
Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is better known for cracking jokes than cracking chests, but starting Tuesday, he'll be playing a doctor in NBC's new medical drama Heartbeat . And not just any doctor: Kennedy's character is a cardiothoracic surgeon. "I'm cracking chests, and I'm also [operating on] muscle and tendon. I forget the actual name of it. But he [his character, Evelyn Callahan], has two boards," meaning he's certified in two specialties, the Upper Darby native said in an interview after an NBC news conference in January.
January 23, 2016 |
In the scope of all things teenybop, Alessia Cara is not your typical kid pop star. Not if her anthemic "Here" (which just hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, finally toppling Drake's "Hotline Bling") or her accompanying Know-It-All album on Def Jam Records are any indication. This weekend, Cara is set to play the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street to prove that, despite "Here's" antisocial rhetoric, she's ready to party. The 19-year-old singer-songwriter - Canadian-born Alessia Caracciolo - grew up in an Italian household as a theater kid who wrote her own poetry.
November 18, 2015 |
JENNIFER Braxton was on the hunt for one of those Patti LaBelle's sweet-potato pies. So, on Saturday, after getting off work at 10 p.m., she drove to the Walmart Supercenter on Byberry Road. She walked all around the store but couldn't find one. The next day, she called and an employee answered, "Thank you for calling Walmart. We're out of pies. How may I help you?" "I have a company potluck coming on Friday and I said I would bring Patti pies," she explained to me later via Facebook.
September 4, 2015 |
A visit to YouTube will reveal quite a collection of videos featuring Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, but none as jaw-dropping and with the "Did you see that?" amazement as the day last spring when he tackled a tree. "When I saw it, the first thing I said was, 'Oh my God, I think he broke his shoulder," said defensive line coach Sean Spencer, Zettel's position coach. "Then I got three texts, and then it was like 15, 30. . . . I'm like 'What in the heck?' "So I texted him: 'Why did you hit the tree?
February 3, 2015
SEPTA police are investigating a group attack that allegedly occurred on a city trolley and was posted on YouTube. SEPTA's social media monitoring team discovered the video Sunday which was posted on a local blogger's site, and a detective was assigned, said SEPTA spokesman Manuel Smith. The video shows a group of young people, male and female, involved in an assault. Some of them appear to be kicking and stomping someone on the floor. One of the females is seen assaulting another passenger with her hands.