One of Us

Philadelphia chef Marcie Turney
City Life

Chef Marcie Turney on Flipping Burgers, Adopting Babies and the Future of Her Restaurant Empire

My full name is … Marcie Blaine Turney. Blaine was my grandfather. His nickname was Bud, and so the Bud in Bud & Marilyn’s is […]

ta'rea campbell
City Life

Keep an Eye Out for Philly’s Own Ta’Rea Campbell When Hamilton Launches in Philly This Week

The Broadway hit Hamilton is back in Philadelphia. We tracked down Philadelphia born and bred actress Ta’Rea Campbell, who has one of the main roles. […]

Many Saints of Newark co-star Leslie Odom Jr.
City Life

Leslie Odom Jr. Explains His Big Role in the New Sopranos Movie

My full name is … Leslie Lloyd Odom Jr. My grandmother came up to New York from the South and was a maid for a […]

mike quick
Eagles Report

Eagles Broadcaster Mike Quick on Calling the 2018 Super Bowl Win and His Record-Setting Touchdown

My full name is … Michael Anthony Quick, but in my family, I’m known as Tony. I grew up in … Hamlet, North Carolina, the […]

Alicia Vitarelli
City Life

6 ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli on Living in South Philly and Raising an Eagles Fan When You’re a Native New Yorker

My full name is … Alicia Marie Vitarelli Pantaleno. Lots of vowels. I grew up in … Staten Island, which is very much like South […]

ana ortiz
City Life

Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz on Meeting Tom Hanks, Swimming in Swann Fountain, and Having a Dad on City Council

My full name is … Ana Louise Ortiz. My grandmother is Louise, my mother’s middle name is Louise, and my father’s middle name is Luis, […]

colman domingo
City Life

Zola Star Colman Domingo Talks Cooking, Coming Out, and Going to High School With Will Smith

My full name is … Colman Jason Domingo. There’s no “e” in Colman. I have to tell you that because it always winds up in […]

City Life

Author R. Eric Thomas on How Living in Philly Was “Life-Giving, Vibrant and Weird”

The “R” stands for … Robert. I used to tell people it stood for Romeo, which was a deranged choice. When I shortened Robert to […]

jazmine sullivan
City Life

Jazmine Sullivan on Going Vegan, Her Biggest Musical Influences, and Her New Album, Heaux Tales

The spelling of my first name … came from my mother’s love of jazz. I grew up in … Strawberry Mansion. Went to CAPA. Didn’t […]

jim curtin
City Life

Philadelphia Union Head Coach Jim Curtin on His Unused Peloton and What He Thinks of IPA Drinkers

I was born at … Holy Redeemer, in 1979. Grew up in Oreland, which is basically just down the road from Glenside. I’ve lived in […]

teller
City Life

Master Illusionist Teller on the Return of His CW Show and What He Misses Most About Philly

My full name is … Teller. It actually says that on my passport and driver’s license, but the driver’s-license people felt obliged to put a […]

jennifer zavala
City Life

Chef Jennifer “Fear” Zavala on Watermelon Radishes, Uno, and the Best and Worst Things About South Philly

My full name is … Jennifer Doreen Feher-Zavala. My nickname is … Jen Fear. My husband’s last name is Feher — it’s German — but […]

curtis jones jr.
City Life

City Council’s Curtis Jones Jr. Talks Dangerous Missions, Closing Prisons and His Green Thumb

My full name is … Curtis Joseph Jones Jr. I have to put the Jr. on because my father doesn’t want his reputation sullied. I […]

terry gross
City Life

Fresh Air Host Terry Gross on Her Hardest Interviews and Her Secret Twitter Account

My full name is … just Terry Gross. People think it’s short for Teresa, but it’s just Terry. I grew up in … Brooklyn, before […]

rebecca rhynhart
City Life

Rebecca Rhynhart on Her Political Aspirations and the One Book Everyone Should Read

I was born in … Madison, Wisconsin. My parents were at school there. And then I grew up in Abington, went to Abington High School, […]