Archive: July, 2013
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
R. Kelly is prepping for the release of his twelfth studio album, Black Panties.
This album is the sequel to the 1993 album 12 Play. There is no word on a debut date for Kelly’s new album but he’s been making the rounds at festivals, shows and releasing new material every so often. He also released his autobiography, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, in June of 2012.
R. Kelly has just put up a new track featuring 2 Chainz called “My Story.” Listen below.
Celebrate the works of emerging Black filmmakers during the second annual BlackStar Film Festival from Thursday, August 1 through Sunday, August 4.
The film festival will spotlight cinematography from the African diaspora with 75 feature films, short films and music videos that encompass various genres, from profound dramas to inspiring documentaries.
Among the many screenings is a special presentation of Victoria Mahoney’s coming-of-age film Yelling to the Sky, which will precede a Q&A session featuring composer Zakee Kuduro and the film’s star (and The Roots’ frontman) Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.
They Might Be Giants is back on the road and will headline the third annual WHYY Connections Festival on September 7 and 8 at Penn's Landing.
The alternative-rock band will perform classic songs like "Birdhouse in Your Soul" as well as new tunes from their most recent album, Nanobots.
The festival will celebrate the arts with a fantastic lineup of film screenings, musical performances, kids’ activities and more.
Popped a Molly and sweated? Ginuwine denies it.
The R&B singer best known for hits like “In Those Jeans” and “Pony” is brewing in the middle of controversy after a cringe-worthy performance on WLNY’s The Couch with fellow TGT band mates Tyrese and Tank. Ginuwine's bizarre behavior led to fans accusing the singer of being under the influence of Molly during the performance on July 19.
The trio performed their new single "I Need" from their upcoming album, Three Kings, but it seems like no one really paid attention to the song. And apparently neither did Ginuwine.
It seems like not even clothes can stop Miley Cyrus these days.
The newly-edgy pop singer pushed the envelope a bit more (if that is even possible) when she posted a photo on Twitter of a Marc Jacobs t-shirt design that features Cyrus baring all but her lady parts.
Cyrus and Jacobs collaborated on the exclusive t-shirt, which benefits the New York University Skin Cancer Institute, for the designer’s Protect The Skin You're In charity campaign.
Step up and hit the dance floor at various Philly locations during Philadelphia Dance Day on Saturday, July 27.
Whether you are a novice or a ballroom pro, you can move and groove during this all-day celebration of creative expression.
From classic ballet and swing to smokin' hot hip-hop, Latin and even burlesque, all genres are covered and there is a workshop that suits everyone's style and taste.
Amanda V. Wagner, Philly.com
The first thing you notice about Brett J. Hopkins is his mustache — a striking feature, perfectly sculpted, neatly twirled at the ends, and slightly reminiscent of Salvador Dali. Behind the mustache Brett, or Brettzo, as he’s known on stage, is apart of the roaring Philadelphia subculture known as boylesque.
Boylesque, or the male version of burlesque, has been popping up all over the neo-burlesque scene. Since the art form’s comeback in the mid 90’s, entire festivals and shows have been dedicated to the pursuit of manly thrills and frills, like Burlesque-a-Pades and the New York Boylesque Festival.
Traditionally, burlesque has been a female dominated world filled with busty vixens with seductive hourglass figures, and precisely placed pasties and tassels. The art can be traced back to the early 16th century. After gaining popularity in the late 19th century, the show was carried across seas to America. Since then, burlesque has evolved to include a wide variety of styles and themes, and draws in everything from cabarets to striptease.
Listen to fantastic live performances from emerging musical acts during the 23rd annual Concerts in the Park Series in Rittenhouse Square on Wednesdays, August 14, 21 and 28.
Locally and nationally established bands will rock the stage and perform the best of many genres, ranging from jazz, rock, country and R&B.
Headlining acts include Doc Gibbs, Lady Alma and Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Not to mention there will be a surprise guest on the night of August 28, and it’s sure to be a pleasant treat.