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I can’t speak for all Philadelphians: Lola Falana

28 Oct

Yes, born in Camden but we gonna claim her in Philly. This beautiful starlet was one of the highest paid female performers in Vegas. She is an inspiration to young women (to me).

Loletha Elaine “Lola” Falana was born September 11, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey is an American singer, dancer, and actress.

Wiki Bio

Falana’s father left Cuba to become a welder in the United States, where he met his wife. Falana spent most of her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By the age of three she was dancing, and by age five she was singing in the church choir. By the time she was in junior high school, she was already dancing in nightclubs to which she was escorted by her mother. Pursuing a musical career became so important to Falana that, against her parents’ wishes, she left Germantown High School a few months before graduation and moved to New York City.

Her first dancing gig was at “Small’s Paradise” in Harlem. Dinah Washington, the “Queen of Blues”, was influential in fostering Lola’s early career.

While dancing in a nightclub, Falana was discovered by Sammy Davis Jr., who gave her a featured role in his 1964 Broadway musical Golden Boy. Lola’s first single, “My Baby”, was recorded for Mercury Records in 1965. Later in her career she recorded under Frank Sinatra’s record label. In the late 1960s Falana was mentored by Davis. In 1966 Davis cast her, along with himself, Ossie Davis, and Cicely Tyson, in her first film role in the film, A Man Called Adam.

Falana became a major star of Italian cinema beginning in 1967. In Italy she learned to speak fluent Italian while starring in three movies, the first of which was considered a spaghetti western. She was known as the “Black Venus”. During this time she was busy touring with Davis as a singer and dancer, making films in Italy, and reprising her role in Golden Boy during its revival in London.

In 1969 Falana ended her close working relationship with Sammy Davis Jr., though the two remained friends. “If I didn’t break away,” Lola told TV Guide, “I would always be known as the little dancer with Sammy Davis Jr. … I wanted to be known as something more.” The previous year, Sammy Davis Jr. was divorced by his second wife, May Britt, after Davis admitted to having had an affair with Falana.

In 1970, Falana made her American film debut in The Liberation of L.B. Jones and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year – Actress for her performance. That same year she posed for Playboy magazine. She was the first black woman to model for a line of cosmetics that was not targeted solely at blacks, in the successful Faberge Tigress perfume ads. In those early years, she also starred in a few movies considered to be of the blaxploitation genre.

American TV audiences became familiar with Falana during the early 1970s. She often appeared on The Joey Bishop Show and The Hollywood Palace, displaying her talent for music, dance, and light comedy. These appearances led to more opportunities.

She was the first supporting player hired by Bill Cosby for his much-anticipated variety hour, The New Bill Cosby Show, which made its debut on September 11, 1972 (her 30th birthday) on CBS. Cosby had met Falana in his college days, when he was a struggling comic and she was a 14-year-old dancing for $10 a show in Philadelphia nightclubs.[citation needed] Throughout the mid-1970s Falana made guest appearances on many popular TV shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Laugh-In and The Flip Wilson Show. She also starred in her own television specials.

In 1975 her disco record “There’s A Man Out There Somewhere” reached #67 on the Billboard R&B chart. That same year, she returned to Broadway as the lead in the musical Doctor Jazz. Although the production closed after just five performances, Lola was nominated for a Tony Award and won the 1975 Theater World Award.

With help from Sammy Davis, Falana brought her act to Las Vegas and became a top draw there. By the late 1970s, she was considered the Queen of Las Vegas. She played to sold-out crowds at The Sands, The Riviera, and the MGM Grand hotels. Finally The Aladdin offered her $100,000 a week to perform. At the time, Falana was the highest paid female performer in Las Vegas. Her show ran twenty weeks a year and became a major tourist attraction.

While still playing to sell-out crowds in Las Vegas, Falana joined the cast of a short-lived CBS soap opera, Capitol as Charity Blake, a wealthy entertainment mogul.

 

Sportz: History of Golden State Warriors

27 Oct

Why the Golden State Warrior…just because…

The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. They are part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was first established in 1945, as the Philadelphia Warriors, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the franchise won the championship in the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association after a merger with the National Basketball League (NBL).

In 1962, the franchise was relocated to San Francisco, California and became known as the San Francisco Warriors until 1971, when its name was changed to the current Golden State Warriors. The team has played home games in the building currently known as the Oracle Arena since 1966, and exclusively since 1972 with the exception of a one-year hiatus during which they played in San Jose, California while the Oracle Arena was being remodeled. Along with their inaugural championship win in the 1946–47 season, the Warriors have won two others in the team’s history, including another in Philadelphia after the 1955–56 season, and one as Golden State after the 1974–75 season, tying them for 5th in the NBA in number of championships.

The rest HERE

10 Rules for Dealing with Police

27 Oct

MUST WATCH – ALL AGES AND RACES

HOW TO DEAL WITH THE POLICE ON A POLICE STOP
Some times the law doesnt work for you…

“What few people understand, but police know all too well, is that your constitutional rights only apply if you understand and assert them. Unless they have strong evidence (i.e. probable cause) police need your permission to search your belongings or enter your home. The instant you grant them permission to invade your privacy, many of your legal protections go out the window and you’re left on the hook for anything illegal the police find, as well as any damage they cause in the process.

Of course, even if you know your basic rights, police officers are trained to shake your confidence. If you refuse a search, I might respond by threatening to call in a drug-sniffing dog and sternly reminding you that things will go much easier if you cooperate. Creating a sense of hopelessness for the suspect enables us to break down their defenses and gain compliance. In the film, we show several variations on these common threats, but the main lesson is that it doesn’t matter what the officer says; you still have to remain calm and protect your rights.

In today’s world of smart phone video, YouTube and Twitter, stories of police abuse travel fast, creating greater awareness of the problem of police misconduct. Unfortunately, this heightened awareness often serves to reinforce the notion that “cops can do whatever they want.” It’s true that much work remains to be done towards ensuring police accountability, but the very first step is to educate the public about basic constitutional rights.

Citizens who understand their rights are much less likely to experience negative outcomes, both on the street and in a court of law. Until each of us has the ability to protect our individual rights and recognize injustices against others, we’re not likely to accomplish much in the realm of broader policy reform.”

10 Rules for Dealing with Police (Full-Length)

 

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I Can’t Speak for All Philadelphians: Bubba Cola

15 Jul

Bubba Cola (not soda) is an inexpensive brand of cola distributed by discount retail chain Save-A-Lot of Earth City, Missouri.

Yes, I know it didn’t start in Philly…..BUT if you ever been to a house party, birthday party, tailgate or house gathering then you have drank this delicious major Cola brand …brand Cola.

Flavors take from sprite, diet coke, diet pepsi, pepsi, coke zero, coke, mountain dew and others. Its off by a couple bubbles but it’s close enough.

Need some cheap sodas, go with Bubba Cola, you’re guest wont tell the difference…

Pepsi Challenge this !!!

I Can’t Speak for All Philadelphians: Penn15

29 Mar

Immaturity doesn’t seem to be getting old. It’s been going on for years and seems to thrive most on college/ university campuses worldwide. What do you call a next level of immaturity though…

Ivy League school University of Pennsylvania  located in University City (formally know as West Philly) has an epic cool moment that will reign down for years to come in frat houses and the hearts of young women. As immature as it may seem it’s the most legit fusion you can get. For years and years of cliches and jokes who would of thought one of the most top notch schools ever would get a knee slapper like this. (It’s sooo Philadelphia, it’s soo college and it’s soo funny…i LOL everytime)

Yes, Pen15 or better yet Penn15. So immature that it could could be considered any young college guys wet dream. A legit way to walk around with a graphic tee that is not only disrespectful but cool and represent them as well. (If you don’t get the joke here PEN15, pen and then number 15, looks like the word penis, the phallic male member. Penn15, Penn 15, university of Penn class of 2015)

Good luck to the self proclaimed Hardest Class in History. More reason to graduate on time from Penn15 ladies and germs.

I Can’t Speak For All Philadelphians: Speaking for Philadelphians

3 Mar

How to speak like a Philadelphian with out speaking for one 101.

This excerpt is taken from and OLD Phila Airport city guide. It’s funny kinda true and dated but if you’re frequent Philly you will surely get a chuckle or two.

NAYDIV TAWK

How to Tawk Like a Naydiv Fluffyan

by Clark DeLeon (Columnist and bona fide native Philadelphian)

New in town? If this is your first visit, you may find this Philadelphian-to-English glossary helpful. Philadelphia is a city of proud and distinct neighborhood, and the people who grew up in these neighborhoods often speak in a proud  and unique manner. It’s more than an accent, it’s an attitude, or as we pronounce it, ‘addytood’. “This is the way we tawk in Fluffya, you goa a problem with that ?”

Here are certain words you can master on you taxi ride.

SKOOKILL – an expressway and a river.

SENDA CIDDY – where the expressway takes you.

WOODER – the liquid stuff flowing in the river.

GAZZ – the liquid stuff that keeps taxi cabs going.

KWAWFEE – the liquid stuff that keeps cab drivers going.

ACKROST – from hereto there. Your destination could be ackrost town.

WINDAS – the roll down glass things in the car.

PURDY – the view of the Senda Ciddy skyline out the windas.

BEEYOUDEEFUL – the view of the skyline at night.

PIXTURE – the view of the skyline that comes out of a camera.

LANNICK CIDDY – the place ackrost in Jersey where you can gamble.

DOWNASHORE – where Lannick Ciddy is.

SHTREETS – what cars drive on in Senda Ciddy.

PAYMENTS – what people walk on in Senda Ciddy.

FIFF – a numbered street located between Forf and Sixt.

YO – what Fluffyans shout to friends ackrost the street.

YO, HON – what Fluffyans shout to friends of the opposite sex.

YOUSE – second person singular.

YIZ – second person plural.

YIZZLE – a contraction, as in “YIZZLE have fun in Fluffya.”

WIDGES – a contraction, as in YIZZLE have even more fun if a Fluffyan goes widges to show you around town.

INNERESTIN – what many of the museums are.

LYBERRY – place where you can read upon other innerestin stuff.

BUDDER – stuff you spread on top of bread.

TAHMAYDAHS – slices that go on top of hoagies.

ACKAME – big store where you can buy budder and tahmaydahs.

NAYDIVS – people who grew up in Fluffya.

TELLUM – what you’ll do when you see friends, tellum about the way we tawk.

CLASSIC PHILLY WORDS

JAWN – Person place or thing. ” I got the jawn from the jawn from over the jawn.

NA MEAN – Do you understand

AKI – Friend, person, or stranger. Synonounmous with Yo

YO – Person

BULL / BAWL / BOOAL – Person usually a male Fluffyan

DER / DIR – There. “We going over der”

JOE – Dork, or person that is considered corney. “You are acting real Joe Booal”

Bye BOY – this conversation is over. (Can be taken seriously or in jest)

DRAWLIN – Bringing or drawing attention to a situation that is unnecessary or excessive. “Da young booal was drawling at the jawn na mean”

ERKING – Jerking someones nerves. “He acting real Joe yo, bull is down at the jawn erking.

YOUNG BULL / BAWL / BOOAL – A young person usually a teenager or under. College student

OLD HEAD – Some one that looks too old for college. Someone older than a teenager or younger.

BREAD – Money

KOP – King of Prussia (MALL)

THIRSTY – Person who requires a lot of attention or gives an incredible amount of attention to a person(s).

BOOSTING – Stealing, usually from a retail chain, usually in KOP..

MERKING – moving swiftly, speeding, traveling fast

LIKE – transtional term. “Young bull/ booal like was boosting and the cops like started erking and him and the old head started merking to the jawn”

YAN NA NA MEAN SKI – You know what i mean, do you understand. (Rarely used)

THE BOTTOM – Area outside/ inside West Philadelphia

SEPTA – Philly public transportation (this word is said alot)

TREE – Weed or Timberland boots (situational) 

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Question? What do you call someone from Conneticut

28 Feb
Thank goodness the work was done for me on About.com

What do you call someone from Connecticut? Connecticuter? Nutmegger? Connecticutian? There are actually several names used for Connecticut residents; here’s a look at the best and most acceptable terms.

Answer: Texans come from Texas. Philadelphians are from Philly. Idahoans from Idaho. Mainers from Maine. But there’s no clear-cut answer to what to call someone from Connecticut.

It would seem that the most acceptable term is “Connecticuter,” which is defined by several dictionaries to mean “a resident of Connecticut.” Dictionary.com even goes so far as to include “Connecticuter” on its list of offical names for residents of each state.

According to the History and Genealogy Unit of the Connecticut State Library, however, “There is not any nickname that has been officially adopted by the State for its residents.” In their document on Connecticut’s Nicknames, they mention several other terms that have been used in print to describe someone from Connecticut, including “Connecticotian,” by Cotton Mather in 1702 and “Connecticutensian” by Samuel Peters in 1781. 

Of course, there are still some who insist on calling people from Connecticut “Nutmeggers.” This nickname, while certainly easier to pronounced than other alternatives, seems awfully old-fashioned. While Connecticut has been called the Nutmeg State, its official nickname has been “The Constitution State” since 1959. Plus, there is no definitive explanation as to how Connecticuters got themselves intertwined with the aromatic spice.

Confused yet? There’s one more term to toss into the mix–“Connecticutian.” Oddly enough, when I moved to Connecticut in 1996, this was the first term I heard used for someone from Connecticut. “Connecticutian” even shows up in some dictionaries as a noun meaning “an inhabitant of Connecticut.”

So, what should you really call someone from Connecticut? “Connecticuter” gets my vote, but others from Connecticut may feel differently. You can honestly use any of these terms without offending us. Connecticut is, after all, the Land of Steady Habits.