Reality Check: Muhammad Ali – 1942-2016

He is America’s greatest ego.

– Norman Mailer

 

Few lives are as epic as Muhammad Ali’s. It is an American epic, an African American epic, a religious epic, a boxing epic, a socio-political epic, a generational epic, and most of all, an inspirational epic. It is what the great …

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Kam on Film: ‘Now You See Me 2,’ ‘The Fits’ and What’s New In Theaters

Now You See Me 2

Lionsgate Films

Rated PG-13 for violence and some profanity

Elusive Illusionists Resurface For Another Mesmerizing, Mindbending Adventure

It’s been three years since we last saw the world’s greatest illusionists, aka the Four Horsemen, playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Now, the master …

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In Memoriam: Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

“I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.” – Muhammad Ali

 

Muhammad Ali was the most important athlete who ever lived; the most influential athlete; simply “The Greatest” of all time.

Ali was like …

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Long Island Happenings: June 2016

May is usually a slow month. Spring tours are wrapping up, generally in bigger markets, summer tours have been announced, but aren’t quite in the “anticipated for summer concert” range, and amphitheater season is nearly within reach.

To counter this, the first annual “Wild Fest” in honor of the late …

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A Look At This Weekend’s Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival – June 10-12 – Asbury Park, NJ

With its anti-establishment esthetic, punk rock doesn’t always pair too well with sports aside from its association with skateboarding. But Boston hardcore has a deep connection to hockey. The Beastie Boys were part of a whole basketball/underground music crossover. Much like the early UK, punks and soccer hooligans today run …

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Everynight Charley’s Manhattan Beat: The Rides, Honne, American Nightmare and More

Honne/The Penthouse at the Standard Hotel, East Village/May 12, 2016

Vocalist Andy and keyboardist James (they do not reveal surnames) met while attending university and started making electro-soul music together in 2014 in London, England. They adopted the name HONNE—a Japanese word (本音) meaning “true feelings.” The duo released three …

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Shoreworld: The Shady Street Show Band – Revelry

Their bio describes them as, “Rhythm and blues to rattle the bones. Sweet soul music to set you free. Grin wider. Groove harder. So goes the mantra of The Shady Street Show Band.” And that’s a mantra I’d have to agree with.

The Shady Street Show Band has risen to …

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Rant ‘N’ Roll: Chico, Yelena, Garaj, Spencer & Brian

Saxophonist Chico Freeman, 66, son of saxophonist Von Freeman [1923-2012], originally from Chicago where he played in the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), left the U.S. to live and work in Europe as an expatriate for the last 10 years. In so doing, he followed the …

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Kam on Film: ‘X-Men Apocalypse,’ ‘Destination Planet Negro’ and What’s New In Theaters

X-Men: Apocalypse

20th Century Fox

Rated PG-13 for violence, action, destruction, suggestive images and brief profanity

Ragtag Team Of Young Mutants Rally Against Ancient Adversary Bent On Major Mayhem

X-Men: Apocalypse is the ninth installment in the much-beloved, Marvel Comics franchise launched back in 2000. This episode is the fourth …

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Reality Check: Readers’ Responses

I am so disappointed. I was rooting so hard for Bernie Sanders to be competitive before New Jersey voted, but he is getting slaughtered and there is no way he can win this. Reading this column is very depressing, and sadly, true (MADAM SHOO-IN—THE SEQUEL—Issue: 3/23/16). This is why I …

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