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.
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)
August 28, 2010 |
What's become as routine as dirty boots in a battle zone and as entertaining as a USO show? The answer's all over YouTube, as troops performing choreographed dance numbers - not exactly with military precision - and lip-synching to mega hits have transformed desert bases into music-video sets. A remake of Lady Gaga's "Telephone" by soldiers from the 82d Airborne Division stationed in Afghanistan has been viewed more than six million times since it was uploaded in April. Troops in Iraq made news in May when they posted (and quickly took down)
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.
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.
January 4, 2013 |
FROM A decorated police lieutenant caught cold-cocking an unarmed woman to a wild wedding brawl captured on camera by a 15-year-old tourist, Philly videos scored big numbers at the YouTube box office in 2012. If seeing is believing, even veteran lawmen were shocked when they saw a little girl fight off her abductor and, in another video, a group of teen girls attack a mentally challenged woman in her own home. The viewing material ventured into R-rated territory when cameras caught a cabbie with his pants down and a chanting family at a suburban high school with no pants at all. Perhaps, in some quiet, bizarre corners of southeastern Pennsylvania (ahem . . . Delco)
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.
February 1, 2011 |
FOUND A RECENT posting on one of Greyson Chance's Internet fan sites. Came from a young girl who was "thrilled" that his first single ("Waiting Outside the Lines") had "finally" been released, because she'd been "waiting so long" for it. Well, I guess if you're barely out of single digits, 10 months is an eternity. That's how long (and short) it's taken for 13-year-old Chance to go from middle-school nobody in Edmond, Okla., to the next big thing in pubescent pop-rock, with a No. 1 single, an unbelievable 32 million (and counting)