Philly-bred Roots drummer Questlove took a trip to Cuba earlier in the year, and the whole thing is chronicled in a new documentary by Okayplayer that you can now watch on YouTube.
The film was directed by Jauretsi and Daniel Petruzzi. A synopsis: “In addition to two nights of DJing, Questlove made good use of his time in Havana, engaging in extensive cultural research both by digging up some classic Cuban-made vinyl and by visiting the legendary EGREM studios, where most—if not all—of those classic sessions were recorded.”
TMZ caught up with Questlove this week, and the Philly drummer explained to them why Kanye West gave Amy Schumer the cold shoulder when she pretended to fall in front of him this week at Time’s 100 Most Influential People Gala.
Yesterday afternoon, after being bullied at school for months for being too short, 10-year-old Hatfield youth Dominic Zaffino decided to take to Instagram to respond to his name-callers. He posted a message explaining that his growth was stunted because he had gone through 3-and-a-half years of chemo at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to fight—and defeat—cancer. His heartbreaking rebuttal to his bullies read as follows:
Last night, to celebrate The Tonight Show’s return to Los Angeles, Jimmy Fallon opened the show with a remake of the intro to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Roots make an appearance, with Questlove, Black Thought and the guys busting a Carlton dance move. DJ Jazzy Jeff shows up, too. Check it out above.
Following last night’s Super Bowl Jimmy Fallon and The Roots paid tribute to the game by doing an a cappella version of Freddy Mercury’s “We Are the Champions” with a host of their famous friends—everyone from Sam Smith and Ariana Grande to Christina Aguilera. It’s a delightful watch for this oh-so-gloomy Monday. Check it out above.
In other Fallon Philly connections: Kevin Hart showed up to promote his latest film The Wedding Ringer, and got caught up in a lip sync battle with Fallon and Will Ferrell. Check that clip out below:
Philly bred The Roots drummer Questlove recently celebrated his birthday with two firsts: getting drunk for the first time, and his first hangover. According to TMZ he toasted the night with one too many rum shots and, well, he’s no longer a drunk virgin.
Philly’s War on Drugs stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to perform “An Ocean Between the Waves,” from their album Lost in the Dream.
Fellow Philadelphian, The Roots drummer and The Tonight Show house bandmate Questlove, snapped a photo for Instagram, noting that, “My fellow Illadelphians War On Drugs might be the only band in the history of [The Tonight Show] to set up and break down their own equipment.”
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was left without a musical guest yesterday evening, when scheduled performers U2 had to cancel last minute. Bono couldn’t make it because he was in the hospital recovering from an injury he sustained from a cycling accident.) So instead of scheduling another act last minute, Fallon took an even better route: He and his house band—Philadelphia’s The Roots—performed as Bono and U2.
“We already have the best band in the world—The Roots are here every single night,” Fallon said, before slipping into Bono’s glasses and cap and taking to the stage to perform a spot-on cover of U2’s 1988 hit “Desire.” Give it a watch above.
A recent $1.1-million budget cut at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) left the school void of 19 teachers and staff members since it was instated in 2012, plus the loss of a handful of clubs and extracurricular activities and, sadly, the school’s annual theater production.
So what’s a creative arts high school without all that?