Diplo Working on New Madonna Track Called “Bitch, I’m Madonna”

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Temple alum and Mad Decent Block Party creator Diplo gets the cover story treatment in the latest issue of Billboard magazine. The article is a quick retrospective of his career thus far, touching on his time in Philly at the helm of the Hooked on Hollertronix parties. He also talks about what’s in store for his career, including working on a few new tracks with the Queen of Pop:

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A Preview of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

A scene from VAREKAI.

A scene from ‘Varekai.’

Here’s my confession: I finally broke my Cirque du Soleil virginity.

Yes, it is true: I had never seen any of the high-flying trapeze shows before my recent trip to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to see Varekai, one of the franchise’s arena shows, before it has an engagement at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center in September. (Side note: Varekai translates to “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies). I’ve never seen anything so strange, so sexy, so sensual, so bizarre; there were times my hands went numb from the amazing feats performed by the 50 artists that comprise the production. Read more »

WATCH: PA Model Matthew Terry Featured in New Calvin Klein Ad

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Matthew Terry, the model and personal trainer from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, stars in the latest Calvin Klein ad. The spot is supposed to be a fall campaign for jeans, but it’s hard to pay attention to denim when he—and supermodel Lara Stone—keeps pulling his pants up and down to show off his other favorite pair of Calvins.

You may remember the bulge Terry from his 30-second Super Bowl ad that aired earlier this year. That was great and all, but all the shadows were a little distracting. In this latest commercial the 21-year-old model is out in the open—and nearly naked—just the way he should be. Check it out below:

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STUDY: What’s Keeping Artists From Transforming Mantua and Powelton the Way They Did Fishtown and NoLibs?

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Photo courtesy of Halkin | Mason Photography.

A new report just released from Drexel University reveals that West Philadelphia neighborhoods Mantua and Powelton are overflowing with artists. But why aren’t we seeing the same sort of artistic transformation there that we see in, say, Fishtown and Northern Liberties?

That’s the question the report, titled “A Fragile Ecosystem: The Role of Arts and Culture in Philadelphia’s Mantua, Powelton Village and West Powelton Neighborhoods,” attempts to answer.

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Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High Football Team to Be Featured All Week on ESPN

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With all the news surrounding Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons, there has arguably been no better time for Philadelphia youth in sports. Maybe that’s why ESPN has chosen to run “Hell Week” all week during Sports Center.

The documentary spotlights an annual camp where football teams from across the country gather to train for their next season. Each year Dick’s Sporting Goods teams with Tribeca Digital Studios to offer a behind-the-scenes look at individual teams and athletes as they push through a week of preparation, and this time around the spotlight is on Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High School football team, the Cougars.

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