It was just over two decades ago that seminal rap group Salt-N-Pepa helped usher a discussion of HIV and AIDS awareness into the hip-hop community with their single "Let's Talk About Sex" and its reworking "Let's Talk About AIDS." Continuing that tradition of outreach, last weekend Pepa was on-hand ... More >>
Jahmani Swanson is the best little-person basketball player on the planet. And he's just getting started.
Spurred by a Frontline documentary on AIDS and the African American community, Gawker posted a blog saying they doubt Magic Johnson really got AIDS as he said he did--by sleeping with a lot of women, which they consider low-risk activity. They even offer a bounty to anyone who can offer info as to ... More >>
In October of 1983, Kool DJ Red Alert broadcast his first rap radio show on Kiss-FM. It would soon bloom into an essential listening session for hip-hop junkies, a jump-off point for upcoming artists, and a long-running part of New York City's musical soundtrack. So with Kiss closing its doors as we ... More >>
Remember that Broadway musical Fela, which told you everything about the lead character's life--except his HIV? That would scare away the tourists, you know. But according to someone on Broadwayworld.com who saw the new Broadway play Magic/Bird, "the disclosure bookends the show."
Celebrities including R&B crooner Trey Songz and Magic Johnson are now helping wake up kids who don't want to go to school anymore. It's part of a plan called "Wake Up! NYC," which is attempting to get kids motivated to wake up in the morning and go to school. The celebrities taking part in t ... More >>
A new study reveals that nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity - some $168 billion. [USA Today] Conceiving your child in early spring can increase its chances of developing food allergies, according to Finnish researchers. [BusinessWire] Meanwhile, men who eat a l ... More >>
Our esteemed colleague Ward Harkavy is correct that there are no authoritative accounts of sex between Rachel Uchitel and Tiger Woods at this writing, under the Post headline or anywhere else. Happily for journalists, there is a 9/11 angle. Uchitel lost her fiance, banker Andy O'Grady, in the ... More >>
How far will I go to get attention? Think of the farthest thing you can think of--say, Magic Johnson's penis--and quadruple it a few times. To wit: Last night, I went on Countdown With Keith Olbermann, with guest host Lawrence O'Donnell, to recreate bits of speeches Sarah Palin was going to recit ... More >>
Best part of the New York Times obit was the kicker: "Mr. Magic was often described as arrogant, although his on-the-air manner was smooth and warm," wrote Douglas Martin, who really seemed to get it: "When he met Magic Johnson, the basketball great, he said, 'The world is not big enough for ... More >>
Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Below, Scott Poulson-Bryant's review of the Michael Jackson/Michael Jordan convergence that was the video for "Jam," first published in August, 1992. Be Like Mike By Scott Poulson-Bryant August 4, 1992 You've been ruminating on Black Beaut ... More >>
Knowing that our friend, Morning Joe's Willie Geist--"The Oracle of MSNBC"--is a big sports fan, we thought we'd check in with him about the NCAA's Final Four. Willie has fielded some questions from us before, so we're pleased he had time--between Indian-wrestling matches with co-host Mike Barnicle- ... More >>
As the blind man cries in Los Olvidados, "One less! One less!" Magic Johnson's Viridian condoplex in Greenpoint opened its doors to buyers optimistically with a "Buy Low -- Live Large Party." But even before it debuted, people were skeptical: Miss Heather laughed at it ("Who wouldn't want to pay ... More >>
photo by Whitney Dafoe Magic Johnson was just on ABC, filling some time with a reporter, and said that Obama had promised to turn the White House bowling alleys into a basketball court. Johnson hoped to be invited, and expected to "throw some elbows" on the court with the President. When the report ... More >>
Best Buy is opening a new store in the Bronx tomorrow, and what an exciting event that will be -- especially right on the heels of the parent company's dismal financial report, which showed October sales down seven percent due to "rapid, seismic changes in consumer behavior." Maybe they hope to pick ... More >>
The sound of settling
In 2001, the cozy B.B. King Club on West 42nd Street was adequate for rookie candidate Michael Bloomberg's election night crowd. Last night, Bloomberg's spare-no-expense campaign booked the city's biggest meeting venue east of the Javits Center-- the vast Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton New Yo ... More >>
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Art & Industry
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The Eighth Annual Village Voice Sportswriters' Poll
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