Butch Lewis, More than a Promoter

By Marc “The Raz” Rasbury

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With the all of the NFL lockout news dominating the sports airwaves of late, the death of the flamboyant boxing promoter, Butch Lewis, flew under the radar screen this week. But this in no way should diminish the impact this man had on the world of boxing and the entertainment industry. Continue Reading →

Walter’s World: On The Block Performance – Thank You

The July 7th ArtCrawl Harlem fund raising performance of an excerpt from On The Block was a very special and rewarding evening. The excerpt entitled Intimate Strangers was the first sections choreographed for what would evolve into an eighty-minute one-act production. When Artistic Director Sheila Rohan and I embarked on the production for the Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Theatre, we decided to create a modern day story ballet. Continue Reading →

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Writer Woman: Why I Write

I don’t know how many times I heard my aunt, Eartha, after whom I am named, tell this one particular story. According to her, I was three years old—telling everybody’s business—outside in front of her building with pen and paper, writing “a book.” I don’t remember that. Or even if I was able to write my own name at the age of three. Continue Reading →

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Writer Woman: Why I Write

I don’t know how many times I heard my aunt, Eartha, after whom I am named, tell this one particular story. According to her, I was three years old—telling everybody’s business—outside in front of her building with pen and paper, writing “a book.” I don’t remember that. Or even if I was able to write my own name at the age of three. Continue Reading →

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New $100 Million Development Planned

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel and New York City Economic Development Corporation NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky today announced the selection of developers to rehabilitate the former Taystee Bakery Complex and the Corn Exchange Building, both located along the 125th Street commercial corridor in Harlem. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Toccara Jones ‘The Ultimate Merger’

Toccara Jones, the vivacious and voluptuous fashion model and television personality Harlem resident, takes on the challenge of a lifetime when she puts her heart and soul into the search for her perfect mate as the bachelorette in the return of TV One’s popular reality series, The Ultimate Merger, premiering Thursday, August 4 at 9 PM ET. With a personality that’s an enticing mix of sparkling and warm, down to earth yet determined, the very busy Toccara has yet to meet her match. . until now. In season two of TV One’s dating competition series, the super model, Celebrity Fit Club and America’s Top Model contender, and ESSENCE Magazine Contributing Style Editor will put a cadre of 14 sexy, self-assured bachelors through a gauntlet of tests in her search for Mr. Right.

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The Raz: Tale of Two Shortstops

By Marc “The Raz” Rasbury

It is funny how fortunes can change in a (Harlem) New York minute. Two years ago, Derek Jeter was the King of New York while his Mets counter part, Jose Reyes, was being labeled an enigma. Jeter was leading the Yanks to their 27th World Series Championship whereas Reyes was nursing what was originally diagnosed as a hamstring strain that eventually turned into a year-long rehabilitation stint.

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Now Reyes is being mentioned among the NL MVP candidates and some folks are trying to run Jeter out-of-town. In all fairness, it is not right to compare Jeter and Reyes at this stage of their careers. Continue Reading →