Turning the Tables
In response to last week’s feature about the 25th anniversary of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith’s He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper:
Awesome article! I grew up in the ‘Golden Era’ of hip-hop, and I remember being tuned into the radio on Friday nights (they only played rap on Friday nights between 8 p.m. and midnight in Atlanta back then) to record Jazzy Jeff. Then I would try to emulate his scratching on my Technics 1200s. I think Will and Jeff did a great job at the time of helping to globalize hip-hop that they don’t get enough credit for. Great job. You have a true music hip-hop fan for life!
I always wondered about the backstory to Live in Union Square. Glad to get it direct from the source!
From the Twitterverse:
What I wouldn’t give to see Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince live in concert today. #Dreams — @Gardner506
#Summertime is my seminal summer song—so laid back, it was almost horizontal — @mju4j1
I’m so glad I saw @djjazzyjeff215 @TheShrineChi in #Chicago w/ @SkillzVa. It was phenomenal to see a genius on turntables. — @Jeremy_Horn
Sad State of Affairs
Regarding Randy LoBasso’s post about what PA currently offers LGBT citizens:
Living in Philly I thought I was protected. But, unfortunately, Philadelphia is in Pennsylvania. My partner of 26 years recently died from cancer. The city, hospital and even Catholic priests treated me with respect. We both had wills, and all of his property was passed to me. However, the Commonwealth will get 15 percent of the value as an inheritance tax. If we were able to marry, the rate would be zero. My advice to LGBT people in PA: move!
Life of the Party
In response to Bill Chenevert’s profile of blogger Josh Schonewolf:
[Schonewolf] has thrown numerous charity events, raising thousands of dollars for LGBT charities. He did this by throwing a fun party, every time, and packed it each time. He’s as nice as he is cute.
PW Wins 15 Awards
The Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association announced the winners of its 2013 Keystone Press Awards last week, and we were proud to learn that PW had won 15 different honors. Some highlights: Senior writer Tara Murtha took five awards, including the Distinguished Writing Award and a first place for her feature on Zoe Strauss’ famous “Mattress Flip” photograph. Staff writer Randy LoBasso took three awards, including a second place for his series on Mitt Romney’s campaign in Philadelphia. Senior editor Nina Hoffmann and her husband Joel Hoffmann won first place in the special projects category for “The Survivors Project,” an issue telling the stories of sexual abuse survivors. And columnist Brian Freedman earned an honorable mention for his food writing. Follow us on Twitter to catch up on the winning stories!