February 27, 2007
Did you hear the one about the archbishop, the vice president, and the piano-playing cat? Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, Vice President Cheney, and Nora the Piano-Playing Cat all wander in to a popular meeting place known as YouTube. The cardinal looks around and thinks, Mercy, this venue is a great place for me to spread the word of God! So Cardinal Rigali posts a video called "Living Lent Faithfully," offering reflections on the Scriptures for each week of Lent.
September 26, 2007
Philadelphia mayoral candidates Michael Nutter and Al Taubenberger think you ought to be in pictures - on YouTube, that is. The candidates have agreed to field citizens' questions during their Oct. 15th forum posted in the form of videos. The event will focus on the candidates' "Visions of a Sustainable Philadelphia," according to organizers from the Next Great City project. It's a good, meaty topic, and the YouTube approach - patterned after the CNN/YouTube forums for presidential candidates - offers a unique means of exploring the issue.
November 4, 2014 |
It's heartening in this era of fluffy YouTube videos that an artist of weight can gain success through that medium. But YouTube is where we first heard of Andrew Hozier-Byrne, the Irish folk-gospel singer who performs as simply Hozier and who posted a stark video for his "Take Me to Church" - dedicated to Russia's beleaguered LGBT community facing rampant homophobia. The song became a viral sensation by dealing with religion and humanity with a sound track of holy-rolling, smoldering sensuality.
September 12, 2012 |
Philly R&B musician Damon Hamilton is a bit amazed how he's finally getting lots of attention after creating a YouTube spoof of South Korean pop sensation Psy and his viral "Gangnam Style" video. In less than two months, the Asian rapper, real name Park Jae-Sang, has skyrocketed to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50, a measure of international Internet buzz, propelled by a catchy single, a music video featuring his funny "invisible horse" dancing, appearances everywhere from Ellen (where he taught X Factor judge Britney Spears the dance)
July 10, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - He's a musician without a record label, a cardholder without any remaining credit. And the gig that supplies what he calls "food money" may now be in jeopardy. But after the events of the last week, Steve Grand said, "I would die a happy man today. "Grand's first music video, for his country-tinged rock ballad "All-American Boy," was posted on YouTube last Tuesday. By Sunday, it had exploded, attracting more than 400,000 total views - nothing for top-charting videos from big-name recording artists, but an impressive figure for one from a complete unknown whose only promotion has been Internet buzz.
November 17, 2007 |
Investigators searching for leads in last month's beating death of a Rowan University sophomore are trying a new approach: YouTube. They submitted a 30-second clip to the popular video Web site yesterday of a suspect in the killing of Donald Farrell, who was beaten during a campus robbery Oct. 27. "Since the suspect and his companions have been described as young males, we thought it could be helpful in identifying the individual captured on...
August 14, 2008 |
A West Philadelphia man, arrested after he was seen on a Web site waving a handgun and exhorting viewers to shoot at the city's police officers, pleaded guilty yesterday before a Common Pleas Court judge. Andre Moore, 44, pleaded guilty to one count each of making terroristic threats, harassment, and corrupting the morals of a minor. Moore, of the 4800 block of Walnut Street, posted a video clip June 7 on YouTube.com. Titled "Dissin' Philly Cops," the clip featured Moore brandishing a silvery semiautomatic pistol while delivering a rant.
June 28, 2010 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - From a tiny closet in Mountain View, Calif., Sal Khan is educating the globe for free. His 1,516 videotaped mini-lectures - on topics ranging from simple addition to vector calculus and Napoleonic campaigns - are transforming the former hedge fund analyst into a YouTube sensation, reaping praise from even reluctant students across the world. "I'm starting a virtual school for the world, teaching things the way I wanted to be taught," explains Khan, 33, the exuberant founder and sole faculty member of the nonprofit Khan Academy, run out of his small ranch house, which he shares with his wife and infant son. Khan has never studied education and has no teaching credentials.
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.
February 10, 2012 |
JAMEEL SALEEM wasn't getting the types of parts he wanted when he and his girlfriend moved to Los Angeles to make it big. Saleem rattled off a list: gang banger, parolee, ghost rapper. How could he turn down ghost rapper? "It wasn't a comedy," Saleem said. But instead of waiting around for the right part, Saleem, who spent his early years in Germantown, followed in the footsteps of his hero Woody Allen: He wrote his own material, enlisted girlfriend Kimelia Weathers, picked up a camera and shot a series of YouTube videos.