On what would have been Sugar Ray Robinson’s 91st birthday, dignitaries and the sporting world gathered to unveil a ceremonial street sign in Harlem where the legendary boxer once owned a business. Continue reading
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Chrisette Michele channels Nat King Cole.
In the dim but perfectly lit basement of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, the room is buzzing with energy. Continue reading
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The New York Times published a piece on Sugar Ray Robinson and his glory days in Harlem. And the UpTownFlavor ran this piece, so we thought it might be cool to look back over some Sugar Ray’s favorite places to hang out in Harlem. Continue reading
In the summer of 1938, Jake Powell, a journeyman Yankees outfielder, talked his way into trouble. During a pregame radio interview at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Powell said he spent the off-season as a police officer in Dayton, Ohio. Then, using a racial slur, he said he stayed in shape by hitting blacks over the head with his nightstick.
Powell was never a police officer in Dayton, but that was beside the point. His remark set off an uproar, even at a time when the Yankees and other major league teams did not field black ballplayers.
The Yankees’ front office, including Manager Joe McCarthy, tried to make light of Powell’s comment. But realizing that Harlem’s blacks represented a good chunk of their game-day patrons, the Yankees sought to quell the public-relations nightmare by reaching out to Bill Robinson, the popular black dancer nicknamed Bojangles. Robinson was known as the honorary mayor of Harlem as well as the Yankees’ No. 1 fan. Continue reading