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Newly appointed BlackBook editor in chief Joshua David Stein is looking forward to writing for an audience that’s a little bit more like him. For the last year, he’s been senior editor at Departures and Black Ink, the glossy magazines distributed to the wealthiest American Express card holders.
“I’m not a billionaire,” Mr. Stein told Off the Record last week. “This job’s not going to make me a billionaire. Or a millionaire for that matter!”
Mr. Stein’s new boss at the arts and culture starter magazine, on the other hand, is definitely a billionaire. Last month, BlackBook Media Corp. was bought by grocery magnate Ron Burkle and his investment partner, Magic Johnson. Mr. Stein didn’t have much to say about the acquisition, except that it means more money and better resources for the magazine, side-by-side with Mr. Burkle’s current holdings, Vibe, Uptown and the reportedly lucrative Access Network media software company.
Supermarket magnate, billionaire, Bill Clinton pal, Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner, powerhouse Democratic donor, and Page Six extortion victim Ron Burkle is back in the hip Manhattan culture rag business, and his partner-in-crime is Magic. Literally.
NBA legend and nascent developer Magic Johnson has engendered even more criticism and controversy for his ongoing renovation of the Mason Mints Factory building in Brooklyn Heights, as the Daily News reports, and now things are turning litigious.
LOS ANGELES—After last week’s Democratic debate, Big Love actor Bill Paxton went to a private fund-raiser for Barack Obama at the Avalon, a club on Vine Street in Hollywood.
In a VIP room, Mr. Paxton was relating a story to Mr. Obama’s California campaign manager, Mitchell Schwartz, about an awkward encounter he had with Read More
Move-ins will start Jan. 16 at One Hanson Place, the 189-unit former Williamsburgh Bank Tower that has been undergoing a conversion to luxury condos, a spokeswoman for developer Dermot Company, Barbara Wagner, told The Observer.
Dermot (and for that matter, basketball legend Magic Johnson, who is a partner in the development) just Read More
One way to cause pandemonium in a Hy-Vee supermarket in Des Moines is to send Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Magic Johnson there at the same time.
The trio entered, in size order, this morning and greeted a group of high school students in the market’s coffee shop, (Hillary said, “Hello!” Bill said, “Good Read More
Charlie Rangel's 77th birthday event at Tavern on the Green last night raised more than $1 million, making it one of the largest individual congressional fund-raisers in recent memory. Attendees included Michael Bloomberg, who left right before Hillary Clinton took the stage ( and long before Chuck Schumer arrived), Chevy Chase, Magic Johnson and dozens Read More
Early on the evening of June 13, basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson was standing before a group of about 40 cocktail-sipping real-estate brokers and house-hunters gathered in a 10th-floor office in the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building in downtown Brooklyn.
A stack of Brooklyn Dodgers hats, next to shirts bearing the legend “One Hanson Place” and Read More
What was he up to? Well, contrary to what seems to be every man jack on the street’s opinion, Bill Clinton wasn’t just slicing himself off a piece of strange, as Magic Johnson might say. Even back in the beginning, when Betty Currie first buzzed the lock on Willy’s West Wing zipper, l’affaire Lewinsky wasn’t Read More