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Music Icon Johnny Mathis on Nearly Going to Olympics With NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Though he has become one of music's most enduring talents, Mathis was also a superlative athlete in his high school and college years.

My NBA All-Star Team of Socially Conscience Players

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.02.2015 | Sports
The University of Central Florida Forum

The NBA has always led the other leagues on best hiring practices both for people of color and women, and it has been the most progressive with all of its policies and impact on communities.

Was Bill Russell Really Traded for the Ice Capades?

Brian Cronin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Sports
Brian Cronin

Why didn't the Rochester Royals draft Bill Russell? There is a legendary story explaining why they passed on Russell. The "Bill Russell was traded for the Ice Capades" story is now part of basketball lore. But is it true?

The NBA Finals Don't Matter, The Debate Afterward Does

Joe McKnight | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Joe McKnight

We are a sports-obsessed nation that doesn't know how to talk about sports. Take, for instance, the NBA Finals. The series isn't even over, and yet, the legacy of LeBron James is already being re-litigated from Cleveland to California.

Saying Goodbye to the Freak Show: Side Show's Inevitable Demise

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

And so it goes -- another production of Side Show leaves us. Its cult status will remain, untouched by mainstream attention. This is no surprise to those of us who follow such things. In fact, the surprise was that it came at all.

A Revealing Look at the Broadway Musical 'Side Show' from One of Its Stars

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

In 1997, a hauntingly beautiful and richly uncommon musical called Side Show opened on Broadway to critical acclaim. The show was based on the lives of the famous conjoined real-life twins who were headliners in the 1930s vaudeville circuit.

Obama Applauds LeBron James For Wearing 'I Can't Breathe' T-Shirt

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harvard | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

Although Lebron James is known as an NBA star, he's been making a name for himself as an athlete who's concerned with social consciousness, and he's a...

Side Show's Sad Demise

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.12.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bill Condon, aware of the controversy surrounding Side Show in its original production -- is it P.C. to focus on "freaks"-- said he is hoping for the day when reviews won't open with a comparison to its ill-fated first production. And now this production is meeting an ill fate all its own.

Book Excerpt: Softball, The Music Biz and the Me Decade

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Michael Sigman

This is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, Field Notes from a Music Biz Life.

On the Culture Front: The Happiest Hour, Battle of the Belgians, The Complete Last Waltz and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.11.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It hard to find the silver lining in the cold, blustery weather and increasingly shorter days that mark December in New York, but one thing is the guilt for staying indoors completely evaporates.

The Intersection of Race, Sports and Money: 'I Can't Breathe'

Everett Glenn | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Everett Glenn

Black athletes know what needs to be done. All that is missing is the will to do it. Now is the time to dispel the stereotypes about black athletes.

First Nighter: Revised Side Show Musical Still Side-Tracked

David Finkle | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

As they used to say in the '20s and '30s and often on the midway, "Nice try, but no cigar."

NBA Legend Collapses During Speech

AP | Posted 07.17.2014 | Sports

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lak...

Men in Big Wigs

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.13.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Pageant -- the 1991 off-Broadway hit about a beauty contest, with the six contestants played by male actors in dresses and wigs -- was a clever, rowdy, dazzlingly funny and quirky musical. In revival 23 years later, Pageant is quirky and intermittently funny; the rest of the allure has gone the way of vanishing cream.

Destination San Diego and/or Miami: Plan Ahead -- to Plan Ahead!

Sharon Hoge | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

It's never too late to start confronting the process we're all constantly undergoing as we all are getting older day by day.

Basketball Hall Of Famer Has One Question For Gay Athletes

AP | JIM VERTUNO | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some ...

If It Weren't for a Handful of Sports Figures, America Would Not Have Integrated as It Did

Michael J. Cramer | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Michael J. Cramer

Why were a boxer and a baseball player of such consequence? The answer lies in the tortured history of the treatment of African Americans dating back to the late 1800s.

Striving for Frenzied Acclaim in CA

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Cara Joy David

My trip to the west coast is bringing me in contact with two shows I have an emotional attachment to: Side Show and The Black Suits.

TSA: NBA Icon Caught With Gun At Airport

AP | Posted 10.19.2013 | Sports

SEATAC, Wash. -- SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Hall of Fame center Bill Russell was arrested this week at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Transpor...

GIF: Bill Russell Is Not Impressed

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 06.21.2013 | Sports

At age 79, Bill Russell can still turn in a memorable Game 7 performance. The man with more appearances (5) and wins (5) in seventh games of the N...

Most Appearances In An NBA Finals Game 7

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Sports

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said they're two best words in sports: Game 7. Basketball Fans will be hard pressed to argue as the Miami Heat and San...

Gone With the Wit

George Heymont | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

With The Young and the Restless now in its 40th season, how does one capture the painful distance between the witty and the witless that has come to dominate our celebrity-driven culture? Let me turn to a delicious quote from 1975's Chicago.

The Odd Couples

George Heymont | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

It's easy to look at two friends (or lovers) who share a close rapport and wonder what attracts them to each other. But sometimes opposites not only attract, they can lead to the most unexpected kind of fame.

Of All Things NBA All-Star 2013

Terry Lyons | Posted 04.17.2013 | Sports
Terry Lyons

This weekend is NBA Commissioner David Stern's last NBA All-Star Game where he will sit in the driver's seat in the same manner that astronaut Neil Armstrong sat in the commander's seat of Apollo 11.

Bill Russell Mistaken For Morgan Freeman

Posted 01.21.2013 | Sports

NBA legend Bill Russell was in the nation's capital for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration on Monday. But for a brief moment, George Stephanopoulo...