Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill to Play Hot 97’s Summer Jam


Hot 97 has released the lineup for its’s 2015 Summer Jam, which will take place on June 7th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Kendrick Lamar is set to headline the main stage, with Philly rapper Meek Mill performing there earlier in the day. Other acts include Big Sean, Fabolous, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Omarion, Childish Gambino, B.o.B., and Teyana Taylor.

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Pennsylvania Ballet Announces Exciting 2015-16 Season

Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Ángel Corella greets supporters and press to the announcement of the 2015-2016 season.

Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Ángel Corella greets supporters and press to the announcement of the 2015-2016 season.

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Ángel Corella hosted a cocktail party at the Olde Bar to announce the Ballet’s 2015-2016 season—the first one he has completely curated on his own. About 60 friends, supporters and press gathered at the event to hear Corella discuss the new season, which will focus on an array of hot young choreographers who are shaking up the contemporary ballet scene. Among the works will be Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, featuring arrangements of music by the The White Stripes; Christopher Wheeldon’s For Four and DGV (Dance at Great Velocity), and a world premiere by BalletX Artistic Director Matthew Neenan. The year will end, of course, with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

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Why Trevor Noah is the Best Person to Replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

Photo from Trevor Noah Facebook

Photo from Trevor Noah Facebook

Comedy Central finally released the name of Jon Stewart’s replacement on The Daily Show, and the announcement was met with a resounding “who?” Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African comedian, joined The Daily Show as a contributor just four months ago, and even fans of the show may have missed his segments if they weren’t tuning in every night.

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WATCH: Martha Stewart Roast Kevin Hart

Videos from the Justin Bieber roast on Comedy Central are surfacing online, and this one finds the queen of all things domestic roasting the you-know-what out of the show’s host Kevin Hart. In the most deadpan way possible, she takes the Philly-bred comedian to task for blowing a chunk of his first big paycheck on a watch. “I forget the term for that … it’s not African American rich. It’ll come to me,” she says.

Later she shows her vulgar side when she tells Ludacris, a father of three by three different women, to “try pulling out sometime and finishing on some fine, highly absorbent Martha Stewart bed linens.” Check out the quick clip above.

DO THIS: Local Musician Produces Cabaret to Raise Funds for Parkinson’s

Gina Giachero |Photo by Diana Paisley

Gina Giachero | Photo by Diana Paisley

Gina Giachero fell in love with music at a very young age, later majoring in it at Nazareth Academy in Northeast Philadelphia. “I’m lucky, because I always knew what I wanted to do,” she tells me over a cup of coffee at B2 in South Philadelphia. A music educator from Folsom, Pennsylvania, she graduated from West Chester University in 2004. Earlier that same year, she received life-altering news that would change her family’s world forever.

On Valentine’s Day in 2004, Giachero’s older sister Jennifer Lardani was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at just 26 years old. “I remember sitting at my now-husband’s house and her telling me. It was really shocking,”Giachero says. “It was hard, because there wasn’t just a test you could take that says, ‘Oh you have Parkinson’s.’ It has to be a process of elimination. They found out it was early-onset. Jenn is the type of person who doesn’t like to bring attention to herself. She doesn’t want to be known as the person with Parkinson’s. She was very intimate about it and not outspoken.”

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What is This DNA Test from that Raven Symoné was Talking About?

It was the gaffe heard around the world: Raven Symoné’s now-infamous interview on E! where she claimed she was from “every continent in Africa, except for one” and “every continent in Europe, except for one.”

How did she get those, ahem, miraculous results? Symoné claims she used a DNA test from Up until her interview, I had never heard that the popular genealogy website offered their own DNA testing services, so I had to check it out. Read more »

TICKET: Madonna and Taylor Swift Duet on iHeartRadio Music Awards

Last night, on the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Madonna surprised the audience during her performance of her new single “Ghosttown” by bringing out Taylor Swift to play backup guitar on the track. The song started intimate, both music icons resting on schools for an almost Lilith Fair-harkening moment before moving in to a more upbeat, get-on-your feet finale.

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In the Wings: Penn’s Landing Playhouse’s Lauren Rooney, Star of Respect

Penn’s Landing Playhouse is about to go on a musical journey of women: The hit musical Respect opens at the theater on April 8, and includes everyone’s favorite songs “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” “These Boots are Made for Walking,” “I Will Survive,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” We were lucky to catch up with one of the performers, Lauren Rooney, who dished on what she does before she starts a performance (it has to do with both Carol Burnett and her late grandmother), and who her celebrity crush is.

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My name is… Lauren Rooney. In high school I was given the nickname laroons, and ever since I’ve used it as my email and username for just about everything.

I am a… Philadelphian, born and raised and Temple made. I love washing down a (real) soft pretzel with a tall glass of wooder and putting jimmies on my ice cream. I love to travel but there is nothing like flying back into Philly International, in the evening, while it glows copper just beyond the Delaware River. In my opinion no town will ever be better than this one. Read more »

Things to Do in Philly This Week: March 30–April 2, 2015

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Gil Scott-Heron, Godfather of Hip-Hop, Would Have Been 66


A version of this article ran on in March 2012.

When he first told America in 1970 that “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” after writing it in 1968 at age 19, Gil Scott-Heron set the stage for what would become part of the musical and poetic soundtrack for black, white and brown progressives and revolutionaries. And he didn’t stop until 40 years later. Gil was the “musical grandson” of insurrectionist Nat Turner and liberator Harriet Tubman, and the “poetic son” of fiery author David Walker and anti-lynching editor Ida B. Wells.

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