Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley stopped by the Ellen show recently to surprise a 23-year-old superfan with cancer.
Julie Kramer had no idea what was coming to her, she thought she was there to talk about staying positive as she struggles with a rare form of cancer, and to receive a few gifts. Ellen presented her with a check for $10,000, which brought tears to her eyes, but then her dream of dreams came true: Her favorite Phillies player Chase Utley came strutting out with a box full of Phillies gifts. Her reaction is priceless.
Utley gave her an open invitation to the Phillies any time she wants to come.
Bill Nye the Science Guy is just as cool and relevant as when you watched him on TV as a kid. Who else could explain the basics of evolution in less than two minutes—using emojis!?
That’s just what he’s done in a new Mashable-collaboration video that’s gone viral since it posted to YouTube on December 12th.
Check it out above, and perhaps he’ll show it tonight when he appears at the Kimmel Center in “An Evening With Bill Nye.” There are still tickets available. They can be purchased here.
Bill Cosby hasn’t said much about the numerous sexual assault allegations that have been cropping up about him lately, but today his wife, Camille O. Cosby, has released a statement saying that Cosby “is the man you all knew through his work,” and she blames the media for irresponsible coverage. Her words, tweeted by CBS Evening News:
Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. Today, Bradon Robert who works retail by day and produces events at night. He is also the former editor of phillydragopolis.com and co-creator of Drag Wars with Mimi Imfurst.
This was actually a lot harder than I thought! There are so many beautiful men in Philadelphia—beautiful in so many different ways that it was quite hard to narrow then down. I'll give it a shot ...
Ever since I spotted this boy shooting pictures "just for fun" from the back row of the Dollhouse Revue a couple years ago I have been crushing on this geek-alicious boy who is incredibly talented. Many people may not know this but on top of being the photographer for Dragaholics he actually owns his own computer repair business. An arty entrepreneur?! Sign me up!
Chris Balbi and Frankie Rowles
These were going to be separate picks but since they are a couple I figured I would put them together! One is a talented writer and the other is an amazing singer / acor. Together they make one super adorable gay power couple. Chris is probably one of the sweetest guys you'll ever meet. When I hear Frankie sing I just (pardon the old expression) swoon! He's a Broadway boy and I love that.
He has the body and mind for sin and a heart as pure as gold. All you need to do is head downstairs at The Bike Stop any weekend night to see why he is one of my choices for MCM. But once you talk to this guy you start to realize he is more than just walking sex, he is quite intelligent and such a sweet guy! I love that anytime you see him walking around the city or in a coffee shop he has a book in hand. Mysterious, sexy, smart and sweet ... my favorite type of guy!
Jon A Thon : Champagne Showers
You know I had to put a drag queen on here somewhere. Mix one-part quirky cat-loving boy who likes being naked with one-part destructive badass drag queen and you get the elusive Jon A Thon! It is so much fun watching this artist grow as a performer week after week at Philly Drag Wars.
This South Philly native and resident DJ of Tavern on Camac makes me weak every time I see him smile from behind the decks. The coolest thing about this guy is that he is the lead singer of an amazing doo-wop group. You don't find that very often from a guy in his early '20s. He has such a passion for music. I had the pleasure of listening to him sing and his velvet voice makes my heart melt. Another fun fact: He has been a DJ since his teens.
I once overheard a customer at Knock say that this "kid" has the face and body meant for porn. Well you can be the judge of that but what I find so hot about Trevor is his mind. No seriously! He has such a passion for politics and social issues. Yes he is adorably cute, yes he has a smile that lights up a room, and yes he works out but give me a boy with a brain and I am hooked. So next time you are in Knock strike up a conversation with this guy ... you may just learn something!
This is the boy next door fantasy. I actually don't know him too well but I would love too! I absolutely love a guy in glasses. He caught my attention one night when I saw him for the first time at a show at Bob and Barbaras. I don't know what it is about him, but every time I see him I smile. So he needed to be on the list.
I could not do a MCM without featuring my all-time favorite sexy straight man: Mr. Famelust. Not only does he make all the party goers in Philly nightlife look amazing in his photos, but he melts the hearts of all the gay boys in the city. My friends and I used to drop everything on a Thursday night to head to Woody's so we could drool over Mario as he shot amazing pictures of us. Come back to the Gayborhood, Mario!
Submit your Man Crush Monday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 guys you’re crushing on, and tell us why they have your heart aflutter (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Five Man Crush Mondays (clockwise, from top left)
National swimming champion—and Olympic hopeful—Tom Luchsinger came out of the closet in a touching piece he wrote for Outsports. Titled “King of the Double Life,” the piece explores the time he spent in the closet, and the sense of overwhelming freedom he got from escaping. Here’s some of what he wrote:
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Blood Products Advisory Panel met last week to discuss lifting the government’s 31-year-old ban on blood donations from men who have had sexual contact with other men. The current rule, initiated in 1983 in the height of the AIDS epidemic, says that men who have had sex with another man since 1977—even if they were wearing a condom—are restricted from donating blood in the United States.
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Wyomissing’s Taylor Swift turned 25 to great, star-studded fanfare this weekend. On the West Coast, the Grammy Museum celebrated with a special “The Taylor Swift Experience” exhibit that featured artifacts like books and photos from her childhood, handwritten lyrics to her hit song “22,” and props used in her latest video, “Shake It Off.”
The real party was on the East Coast, however, where Swift spent the entire weekend with a couple of the world’s biggest stars, folks like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith.
It all started Saturday, after Swift performed at Jingle Ball in New York City. Afterward, she threw a party for herself at her downtown apartment, a party that one attendee, Kelly Osbourne called “one of the best I have ever been to.”
According to E!, attendees there included Jay and Bey, John Legend’s main squeeze Chrissy Teigen, Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, Olivia Culpo and Ansel Elgort. “It raged until 5 a.m. and, understandably, cake wasn’t enough to feed the whole crew, and three pizza delivery men reportedly arrived with about 40 pies in tow.”
This Instagram photo from Swift’s account—showing Timberlake wearing a poop mask—pretty much sums up the night:
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According to Fox 29, Morning Show host Mike Jerrick proposed to his girlfriend, Shelda, on Saturday by popping the question in Grand Central Station, the place where they first met.
He talks about the experience—and surprises his co-anchors—in the clip above.
Suspects Kevin J. Harrigan, Kathryn G. Knott, and Philip R. Williams
UPDATE: A judge held the defendants for trial on all charges, with victim Zachary Hesse testifying in open court. Read the full story here.
Attorneys for Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Phillip Williams, the three suspects in the attack on two gay men in Center City on September 11th, will attend a preliminary hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16th, at 9 a.m. with Judge Charles Hayden.
Here’s what we can expect to happen: The case will be brought before a municipal court judge to determine if there was probable cause to arrest the suspects in September. Attorney for Kevin Harrigan, Josh Scarpello, tells me, “we won’t decide the truth of the matter in that first hearing. It is a probable-cause hearing to establish if the case should go to trial.”
Scarpello confirms that all three defendants have pleaded not guilty.
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Bob Dylan performed at the Academy of Music last month, but before the audience piled in one lucky fan had the opportunity to get a private show from the legendary singer-songwriter.
Experiment Ensam convinced Dylan to play a show for Fredrik Wikingsson, who sat alone in the immense Academy of Music and listened to Dylan perform a set that, according to SPIN, included Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat” and Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.”
Wilkingsson said the experience left him feeling a “flood of emotions,” and that he “wasn’t far from crying.”
How he wasn’t bawling his eyes you I’ll never know. Check out Wikingsson’s experience in the video above.