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POSTED: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7:28 AM

L.A. Lakers superstar and "Airplane" actor Kareem Adbul-Jabbar speaks this morning at the William Bodine High School for International Affairs (1101 N. 4th).

Abdul-Jabbar's Skyhook Foundation chose Bodine as the only area school to show students his "On the Shoulders of Giants," a film-based educational program to increase knowledge and awareness among U.S. high school students of the impact of the Harlem Renaissance in sports, music, literature and history.

The program coincides with Bodine's celebration and observance of Black History Month. The World Affairs Council is co-founder of the school and co-sponsor of the event.

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POSTED: Monday, February 14, 2011, 10:39 AM

Michael Vick will appear Feb. 24 on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a spokeswoman for the Oprah show confirmed this afternoon.

As Fox 29's Jennaphr Frederick reported this morning, Vick is taping the show in Chicago on Feb. 22. An Eagles spokesman previously confirmed that both Oprah and CNN's Piers Morgan had reached out to the team to get Vick on their shows.

Oprah and Morgan made a bet over who would land Vick first and seemingly only Morgan thought he had a shot at winning.

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POSTED: Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:19 AM
Patti Stanger, Michele Grab and Nate Berkus on the set of his show. Photo: Sony Pictures Television/Anders Krusberg

South Philly's Michele Grab, 35, gets dating advice from Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger on today's "Nate Berkus Show" (2 p.m., NBC10).

Grab, who was recommended for the show by a friend, says she feels like she's constantly giving off the wrong vibe to men, and Stanger shares her "five-second flirt" tips which Grab tried on a man from the audience after a mini-makeover from Stanger.

A University of Pennsylvania employee, Grab, who is celebrating Valentine's Day tonight with a group of girlfriends, told us Friday she is trying to keep Stanger's advice in mind. "Everyone on the show was really nice and it was a lot of fun. Some tips were helpful, some were kind of funny. It was a good experience overall," she said."

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POSTED: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 8:18 AM
Lady Gaga and George "Spanky" McCurdy

Local drummer George "Spanky" McCurdy will back Lady Gaga when she performs Sunday night at the Grammy Awards. McCurdy is Gaga's touring drummer, but he's not the only local connection to the Grammys.

Soulful songbird Jill Scott's "Love," with Chuck Brown and Marcus Miller, is up for best R&B group performance. Philly hip-hop heroes The Roots are up for several awards: best rap album for their "How I Got Over," and best R&B album, best rap/sung collaboration and best traditional R&B vocal performance for their collaboration with Penn grad John Legend in "Wake Up! Everybody."

Philly's Jazmine Sullivan is up for best-female R&B performance for "Holding You Down (Going in Circles)," and Musiq Soulchild and Kirk Whalum are up for "We're Still Friends," best-male R&B performance. Organist Joey DeFrancesco's "Never Can Say Goodbye" is up for best contemporary-jazz album, and producers Carvin Haggins and Ivan Barias, who work as Carvin & Ivan, produced songs by Faith Evans, Jaheim, and Raheem DeVaughn, who are up for various Grammy awards in the R&B category.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 2:43 PM

Here is Daily News Sexy Single Marisa Magnatta, of 93.3 WMMR’s Preston & Steve show all dolled up (and briefly tripping at the end) of an online video promoting the White Tie Ball March 11 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Ed Rendell also makes an accidental cameo in the video by marketing man Peter Breslow. Tickets for the event, organized by Caron Nikole of Our ModestE are available online. Proceeds benefit Variety, the children’s charity.


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POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 12:06 PM

The cast of "Glee" will perform June 8 at the Wells Fargo Center, the venue just announced.

Lea Michelle, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron, who were among "Glee" stars who sang the National Anthem before a Phillies/Yankees World Series game in 2009, are among castmate of the Fox musical comedy hit who will perform at the show called "Glee Live! In Concert!.

Joining them are Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Harry Shum, Jr., Chord Overstreet and Darren Chris. The set list includes “Empire State of Mind,” “Toxic,” “My Life Would Suck Without You,” “It’s My Life,” and  “Don’t Stop Believin’.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7:29 AM
Jon Gruden, Sean Payton (who looks like Ed Helms from "The Office" in this pic) Ron Jaworski and Mike Golic at Jaws' cigar party.

Famed Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, Saints coach Sean Payton and Eagle-turned-ESPN Radio host Mike Golic joined Ron Jaworski at his second annual cigar-party fundraiser over Super Bowl weekend to benefit his Jaws Youth Fund. Vermeil flew out of PHL Wednesday to get to Dallas in time for the party Thursday at the Reata Fort Worth that also attracted Jaws' ESPN "Monday Night Football" colleague Jon Gruden, John Adams and Greg Cosell from NFL Films and cigar mogul Rocky Patel and Adam Gefner from the Philly Cigar Club. The fundraiser also aided the United Ways of Metropolitan Dallas and Tarrant County, Texas.

Click here to read more from our column in Tuesday's Daily News

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POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011, 9:00 AM

With Sampan (124 S. 13th) turning into a destination for porn stars, can a visit from Charlie Sheen be far off?

Berks County porn queen Gina Lynn dined at the Asian-fusion restaurant Saturday night. She danced Friday at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden) after 610 WIP's Wing Bowl. A few nights earlier, Mary Carey, adult-film sensation turned reality-show star, stopped by. She was here dancing at the World Famous Gold Club (1415 Chancellor).

Carey, who is mulling a 2016 White House bid, served as a Wing Bowl Wingette and caught up with Philly.com's Marnie Hall in this video where she credited us for helping her fall in love with Philadelphia.


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