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Bow Wow barks back at critics on ‘New Jack’
Bow Wow barks back at critics on 'New Jack'

The Philadelphia Tribune Published: Friday, March 27, 2009 Bow Wow just can’t seem to shake his teenybopper image. Even after dropping the ubiquitous “lil’” from his name and scalping his cornrows, his fan base is still largely the “106 & Park” crowd that first saw him as a hazel-eyed kid Crip-walking in oversized jeans. On [...]

Jazmine Sullivan is ‘Fearless’ on soul debut
Jazmine Sullivan is 'Fearless' on soul debut

These stories were originally published in The Philadelphia Tribune and Tribune Magazine. They have been moved to my personal website for easier viewing. Absolutely no changes were made. What you see is what was printed in the print publication.   “Jazmine Sullivan is ‘Fearless’ on soul debut” PUBLICATION: THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE PUBLICATION DATE: February 26, 2009   [...]

Maxwell’s comeback show falls flat
Maxwell's comeback show falls flat

After 30 near-flawless shows, he seemed unstoppable — until Friday night. When neo soul’s superman took flight without his beautiful falsetto that straddles innocence and seduction, the night was a tease at best. For followers who have deified Maxwell since the early-90s, the lover-man guise was removed and the penitent singer felt the weight of [...]

Tennis mentor serving the community
Tennis mentor serving the community

As his eyes move from picture to picture, Lance Lee speaks of the Philadelphia tennis fathers with a tinge of detachment. The yellowing encyclopedias from tennis patron William Clothier’s personal archives emits a stuffy attic smell in the Arthur Ashe study room. Any book on the game’s history can be found behind the glass doors [...]

Ne-Yo bares his soul at World Cafe Live
Ne-Yo bares his soul at World Cafe Live

How could Ne-Yo be so naïve? The evidence of his girlfriend’s cheating ways were laid out in plain sight: whispering on the phone, sneaking in the middle of the night, sliding back in bed at 6:45 a.m. Withholding his guilty verdict, the singer turns to her and says, “I’d rather you just tell me another [...]

Lupe Fiasco has a goal: ‘Make it hip to be square’
Lupe Fiasco has a goal: 'Make it hip to be square'

The concert headliner came unsuspectingly into the neon red media room. Breezing past a line of anxious teens fiddling with their camera straps, he flashed a smile showing his ubiquitous gap and gave a modest, “Hello.” That’s Lupe Fiasco. For a Grammy Award-winning rapper who has been deified for saving hip-hop from its mindless spiral, [...]