The music industry doesn't produce director's commentary. Your average musician isn't doing press tours, they're doing three hours of phone interviews. Every album has a narrative, a set of circumstances that led up to its tenor and tone, but much of that is left by the wayside. Music writing's an ... More >>
On Friday, the trial of Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan began, more than two years after she's accused of assaulting NYPD officer Grantley Bovell during a March 17, 2012 demonstration at Zuccotti Park. Jury selection took the better part of a week, as both sides had difficulty finding j ... More >>
Here's your carefully crafted guide to blowing your paycheck this week.
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
Find love at Rihanna’s Barclays Center gig
One of the joys of my job is being continually pitched experts who want to talk on the record about some hoohaha in the gossip news so they can offer their wisdoms while enhancing their brands. Here are three recent pitches that came my glorious way on the heels of celebrity stories that made some ... More >>
How's this for a PR stunt: you know that obnoxious friend of yours (or perhaps your overly Conservative mother -- hi mom!) who always says that, "if (insert politicians name here) wins the election, I'm moving to Canada?" Well, Queens-based JetBlue airlines wants to make that happen -- but they want ... More >>
The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song ... More >>
via On-U SoundBeware of unearthly echoes, gut-thwomping bass bombs, and gaping holes in the sonic fundament when the Dub Invasion Festival hits town this week. Produced by Brooklyn's Sound Liberation Front and the Subatomic Sound label, the 10-day event begins Thursday with a master class pre ... More >>
Scantily clad dude toasts the crowd from atop one of the semis that pulls the floats in the parade. Though its antecedents can be traced to Carnival parties in Harlem in the 1920s, the Caribbean-American Labor Day Parade (there is no official name) began in the mid-'60s. It resembles in alm ... More >>
Paula just can't believe that Tiffany is from Beaumont, Texas. Oh, how we love Paula Deen. We may fear her food, her absolute media domination, and her line of wicker chairs, but we have nothing but respect for a woman who calls Richard Blaise "Mr. Hairdo" and makes sucking on shrimp "haids" ... More >>
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...
Remember when everyone was buzzing about Rihanna hanging with a blonde woman in Barbados for the holidays, the blonde really hanging, boobaliciously speaking? Well, the press presumptuously reported that the woman was Rihanna's bodyguard--and truly, she does like like if anyone could keep Ch ... More >>
Alright, alright, we know, but it's Kanye's Week, or Kanye's World, even, and we're just living it, so forgive us if our mind is a bit preoccupied with the guy right now. (We are far from the only ones.) And, when not tearing down the Bowery Ballroom, invoking the ire of the Twittersphere, do ... More >>
His fingerprints are all over the recent economic collapse
Mount Gay Rum is gearing up to launch its newest - and oldest! - rum yet. Mount Gay Rum 1703 Old Cask Selection will be available in May, just in time for the first warm-weather cocktails to make an appearance. Not that you should be wasting the $100-a-bottle rum on Tiki drinks. Brand ambassador and ... More >>
Bali's remarkable hybridist
A visit to the land of Oz and straight talk from Rihanna and Ian Benardo, among others
New Bajan café reflects British and African roots
Al fresco shows for real New Yorkers (and their houseguests)
(From Wyndham) It's that time of year again when seemingly every slow-paced hamlet from here to the equator begins bombarding New Yorkers with ads trying to lure us out of our frigid city and into the warm embrace of, say, Barbados or the U.S. Virgin Islands. On Thursday morning, yet another sleepy ... More >>
Voices From the Strike
When I came in, there were cockroaches all over. I was crying.
Two recent books don't quite tell all about the Benjamin
The explosion of two novelty grenades outside the British Consulate this morning has all of New York wondering: Why would anyone bomb the British? I mean, they're so nice, Coldplay rocks, and "The Office" is really funny! But, dear Watson, it turns out we have more suspects than the British road n ... More >>
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Fighting to Reduce Infant Mortality Among Immigrants and African Americans
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Women's squads from around the city
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