Matt Rogers


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  • 5 years ago

    Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside o...

  • 9 years ago

    I'd wager that if you were born between the years 1971 and 1977, Al Green had a hand in it. Literally? No. But at some point between your pops' slow-dance clutch and your mama's bedroom eyes, just before your moment of carnal conception, chances a...

  • 9 years ago

    I'm sitting in the Hut, a tiny converted garage perched behind a house in dire need of a few more slices of vinyl siding, with the illest ad hoc catwalk you'd ever want to cannonball off looming over a circular, aboveground pool. From the outside,...

  • 10 years ago

    I'm an old-school fool who'll steal a 45 (that's a record, son) over a compact disc any night of the week, but when labels push lushly packaged CD compilations encompassing dope, hard-to-find original albums, I can only say, "Um, pretty please?" S...

  • 10 years ago

    True, Staten Island—perhaps best known for its Godfather locations, the Wu-Tang Clan, and the distinct accents of its residents—is often the neglected stepchild of the Big Apple's five sibling boroughs. Yet "the Shaolin" has always been ...

  • 15 years ago

    When I was a kid, I liked watching fights: It could be red and black ants ganging in my shoebox arena, Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura grappling at the Cow Palace, or my brother and his crew popping and breaking against rival poseurs on busted linole...


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