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Johnathan Lee Iverson
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Johnathan Lee Iverson is Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - Blue Unit and a proud alumnus of The Boys Choir of Harlem. Named as one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 1999, Iverson’s historical tenure with The Greatest Show on Earth is featured in numerous publications, among them, Black First: 4, 000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events by Jessie Carney Smith, Beat of a Different Drum:... by Dax-Devlon Ross, and Beyond the Statistics by Zane Massey. Visit him at

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Brian's Song

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:36 PM


Mo' Better Blues, my all time favorite Spike Lee Joint starring Denzel Washington, was my coming-of-age film. Enraptured in my intense adolescent quest for identity, I did all I could to walk like Denzel, talk like Wesley Snipes and deliver a punch-line like...

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Those Fabulous Animals

(73) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 5:47 PM

"Who are the great performers that people love the best? Who are the entertainers that leave you most impressed? Who makes the circus grander the moment they appear?"

Whether you're a newcomer to The Greatest Show On Earth or a card-carrying member of the Circus Fans...

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The Show Must Go on

(6) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 7:58 PM

For nearly 145 years you've come to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, thousands at a time to see men and women fly, but not merely fly -- soar, glide and dance in mid air. You've come to watch the daring amongst us brazenly defy fear and push it back...

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The Adventure Is in the Detour

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 11:27 AM

I took a detour more than 15 years ago upon graduating from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. My plan was to further my studies in opera. I'd determined this at age 13 during a tribute concert in Japan for Ronald and Nancy Reagan. I was...

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