Gil Noble ( February 22, 1932- April 5, 2012) was an American television reporter and interviewer born in Harlem, NY. Continue reading
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I want to thank all of you who weighed in to celebrate Sugar Ray Leonard, Jr. in his upcoming Celebrity Boxing match with Joe Parkinson. (Be sure to tune in at http://www.twitter.com/Harlembrew for ringside updates from PA tonight!)
It was truly an awesome evening with the greatest backdrop possible, Harlem; Jack Johnson and Sugar Ray Robinson would have been so proud!
Aside from the wonderful cuisine at Settepani–Thanks Leah!! Another highlight of the evening was when Sugar Ray shared yet another one of his many talents on stage at the Faison Firehouse Theater. Yes, he sang for us! We can’t blame that on the ah ah ah ah ah…alcohol…well he did enjoy the Sugar Hill and some tasty libations from JTESpirits.com. George Faison was so moved that you might just hear about an upcoming collaboration between the two.
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press Writer
Sen. John McCain wants a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, who became the nation’s first black heavyweight boxing champion 100 years before Barack Obama became its first black president.
McCain feels Johnson was wronged by a 1913 conviction of violating the Mann Act by having a consensual relationship with a white woman — a conviction widely seen as racially motivated.
“I’ve been a very big fight fan, I was a mediocre boxer myself,” McCain, R-Ariz., said in a telephone interview. “I had admired Jack Johnson’s prowess in the ring. And the more I found out about him, the more I thought a grave injustice was done.”
On Wednesday, McCain will join Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., filmmaker Ken Burns and Johnson’s great niece, Linda Haywood, at a Capitol Hill news conference to unveil a resolution urging a presidential pardon for Johnson. Similar legislation offered in 2004 and last year failed to pass both chambers of Congress.
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