So Russell Simmons has put out a statement explaining his endorsement of Barack Obama for president.
It’s not necessarily a natural choice for Simmons, given how involved he has become in New York State politics. He previously endorsed Andrew Cuomo for office and made numerous trips to Albany during Read More
Put on your Adidas and run—get it?—over to the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 29th for the first ever J.A.M. Awards, the first annual benefit concert for the Jam Master Jay Foundation. According to Pitchfork, Snopp Dogg, De La Soul, Mobb Deep, Kid Capri, Q-Tip, and some others, will be on hand to perform. Read More
Here’s Maya Angelou, with musical accompaniment, explaining why she thinks Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is a boon to all women.
best line: "I’m proud that she gives herself the authority to be in her own skin. To be who she is."
It seems like the Clinton campaign is lining up the poetvote. Read More
“So what the heck are we going to do about Shelly Silver, is that the question?”
That was Gene Russianoff’s anticipatory take on the line of questions I posed to him and other congestion pricing advocates for a story in this week’s Observer.
I’ve also got an interview with Queens-born Read More
Darryl McDaniels walked outside of the swanky Capitale nightclub in Manhattan last week, flipped his phone closed, and announced to a handful of reporters that he had come to Hillary Clinton’s fund-raising bash—featuring Bill Clinton and Christina Aguilera—in order “to experience something I can talk to my grandkids about."
For Mr. McDaniels, known to Read More
The Oct. 30 murder of Run-D.M.C.’s Jam Master Jay has predictably inspired a plethora of wheezy editorials on the cultural significance of hip-hop’s violent streak. But for me, the news, sad as it was, triggered some fond memories. Seeing Run-D.M.C. in the headlines brought me back to my high-school days, when Jay and his two Read More