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AFICIONADA CORNER Cigar smoking in London town at the Montague Gardens


LIFESTYLE Milani Malik First female ABA player




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in LONDON TOWN By Jackie Hine

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A handful of hotels in the UK have found an ingenious way of getting around a ridiculous piece of legislation. The Montague has a cigar lounge with a well stocked humidor, a menu of cigars.... and a very fine selection of wine and spirits


estling in the very heart of London, situated just off Russell Square in Bloomsbury sits one of the city’s finest hotels. A short walk to the south will take you to Soho, Covent Garden and Theatre Land and to the south west the shopping paradise that is ‘Oxford Street’, the sophistication that is ‘Mayfair’ or, if it’s a thirst for knowledge, the British Museum is a mere stone’s throw from the front door. ‘Montague on the Gardens’ is part of the Red Carnation group of hotels and although in my view quintessentially English still somehow manages to combine this with its undoubted International pedigree. I have been coming to the Montague for quite a few years as it is a very convenient meeting point and also caters very well for the business community, they have a number of conference rooms that can be hired by the hour, but today I’m here for a very different reason. The hotel has become part of a very rare breed indeed. Over here in the United Kingdom we are governed not only by our own laws but also those of the EU (European Union). One of the more insidious laws is enshrined in the ‘Human Rights Act’, or in a nutshell, the protection of the dignity and rights of individuals. So why is it that I am unable to smoke a cigar in an enclosed public place? Don’t I have any rights - apparently not; if however, I was a criminal, not only could I smoke in an enclosed public place (prison), I could sue the government for infringing my human rights if they didn’t allow me to do so! Whilst I’m on my soapbox, guess who else can smoke in a public place -okay, you are probably already ahead of me. Rumour has it that Members of Parliament have a bar in the House where they can indulge their habit. I fear this is becoming a rather negative debate, but I already feel better by sharing it with you.

As a result of the draconian anti-smoking laws in the U.K., a handful of hotels have found an ingenious way of getting around this ridiculous piece of legislation. The Montague has a cigar lounge with a well stocked humidor, a menu of cigars, each with a brief description and a very fine selection of wine and spirits that would compliment anything from a Petit Corona to a Robusto. The lounge is outside, it can have no permanent walls or an enclosed roof space, but sitting here in the middle of a very cold British winter, smoking a Pre Prandial El Rey Demi Tasse, enjoying a glass of a rather exceptional burgundy, I am in heaven; the reason I am in heaven is quite simple. It is hotels like the Montague that recognise the rights of individuals; that cater to the tastes of their clients; that don’t compromise. We live in a world of mediocrity where conformity is not only accepted but expected. In the U.K. we call it the ‘nanny state’. Other countries call it different things, but it adds up to the same – why aren’t there more hotels like the Montague? I spoke with Peter Bradley, the food and beverage manager whose responsibilities include the bars, restaurants and of course, the cigar bar. He was good enough to take time off from his busy schedule to talk about the hotel and what it has to offer. Peter hails from just outside Dublin. Although his job has taken him around the world, training originally as a chef has allowed him an understanding and an insight that now makes his life as a food and beverage manager much easier. I realised that after speaking to this engaging Irishman for a mere five minutes, all the interview notes I had carefully prepared would become superfluous. Over the next hour not only did he answer all my questions, but gave me much more to think about and take away, we started naturally enough by discussing the cigar terrace. your lifestyle magazine • 3

A man is only a man, but a good cigar is a smoke.

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The cigar lounge, or more correctly the cigar terrace, is situated at the rear of the hotel overlooking the secluded private gardens of the Bedford Estate. It has very comfortable seating with cushions and even blankets; a full awning and an excellent heating system that even when the temperature plummets, like it has done today, keep the occupants warm. Considering it is in the very heart of London it might well as be in the gardens of a stately home. The roar and hubbub of the city streets can barely be heard. For me smoking a cigar is much more than, well, smoking a cigar; the ambience, the environment, even my mood has to be right. I would rather go without than accept something less than perfect. Here at the Montague it is as perfect as it gets given the outrageous anti-smoking rules. The cigars are stocked in a humidor and the choice is very exI am comfortable; tensive. Ranging from light to full bodied, small to large, from new I am relaxed; to vintage, from ordinary to very, I am content; very special; if your purse allows, I am with friends. there is a quantity of the limited edition Cohiba Behike. Price range, the 52, 54 and the 56 ( 56 x 6.5), you will have to dig deep as the 56 is £50 ($78) a stick, but then again it’s not every day one can savour the very best that Cuba has to offer. Hand made in the El Laguito factory with tobacco from Pinar del Rio, Vuelte, Abajo, it is quite simply a marvellous smoke. Although in my view, something for very special occasions, and to be honest at that price for me at least, it needs to be: but don’t be put off, prices start at under £5 ($7.80). Peter explained that the profit margins on the cigars they sell are quite low as they like to encourage the use of the terrace and of course the hotel has so much more to offer clients. It is a haven for ordinary people who perhaps just want to savour for a brief period in their busy lives, a taste of the ‘good life’. I asked Peter about women using the terrace. He said that the numbers were quite small but

growing slowly and thought part of the reason was that in the U.K. there was still quite a social stigma to a woman smoking a cigar. This is something I agree with and part of what I hope to achieve by writing about it, is the hope it will eventually become more acceptable. There will certainly be a few copies of Lit Lifestyle magazine now at the Montague. I suggested that some of the cigar tasting sessions they hold might be women only. It would certainly encourage those perhaps not comfortable enough smoking cigars in male dominated surroundings. As well as tasting sessions the hotel hosts cigar dinners and this year two are scheduled for March and September. They offer the chance to get together with like-minded people and indulge the senses by sampling three hand-picked cigars, wines and spirits and a carefully crafted taster menu. I took away with me the menu for March and had it not already been fully subscribed I would have been sorely tempted. To sum up what the Montague has on offer is quite simple: old-fashioned service, old-fashioned courtesy, old-fashioned luxury, twenty first century attention to detail. For anyone travelling to London I can recommend it. Even if you are not staying there, why not go for afternoon tea or, if like me, a great cigar and a glass of wine – you won’t be disappointed. I would like to say the cigar scene is ‘alive and well’ in London Town and if the Montague has anything to do with it, it will be. A lot more hotels and restaurants need to cater for the wishes of their clientele if any progress is to be made. Over the next few months I will be visiting the handful of hotels in London that do provide a service and, of course, leaving some well placed copies of ‘Lit’ Lifestyle. Girls, the crusade starts now! To paraphrase that great author, Rudyard Kipling, okay - I am a woman so why not change it? “A man is only a man, but a good cigar is a smoke.”

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The Right to

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utilizes the triceps or the back of the arms that is so hard to keep from being flabby. Too easy for you? Try extending your legs out one crossed over the other or extend one leg and keep the other bent with the foot on the floor.

Boxing: All the different jabs and punches in boxing, kickboxing, and tae kwon do are a great way to shape up every angle of your arms as well as get a good cardio workout. Make sure to keep your muscles tense when you punch to avoid injury.

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Milani Malik This is the story of Milani Malik interview by David Rogers

She discovered basketball by watching street ball… Playing street ball with her father, she fell in love with the game

With her father Oba Malik a college basketball and baseball star that went on to play minor league baseball for Cincinnati, and cousin Aaron Brooks who spent eight years in the NFL, the old cliché that sports is in her blood is a perfectly apt statement for one Milani Malik. In fact, it was her sister’s example she was directly following when she first picked up a basketball – though the guidance she was looking for from her older sibling didn’t come quite as planned. Milani Malik tells us this story and many more via email about how she came to be not only a complete athlete playing basketball around the world, but how her confidence and determination molded and shaped her entire outlook on life. Lit Lifestyle Magazine: Tell us about how you discovered basketball and how you developed your love for the game: Milani Malik: I discovered basketball by watching street ball. Furthermore, once I saw my older sister make the team for her high school, I was even more interested in the sport. One day I followed my sister to the park and watched her practice and I asked her to teach me, but instead she sent me home and said leave her alone because I didn't know what I was doing. By my sister not aiding me, it provoked me to learn and be better than her. Thus, the boys and older men playing street ball taught me along with my father. I grew up playing street ball, and as soon as I touched the ball I knew this was something I wanted to do for a career. I fell in love with the game of basketball when I was 11-years-old. LLM: You say in your bio that you always want to guard the best player, that it is in your nature to want to be the best. Do you think this a natural trait or something you developed as a young player? Milani Malik: Growing up I always heard excuses as to why someone may "think" I can't do something. However, my motto has always been, “Tell me what I can't do, and I will show you what I can.” Thus, this drive – this fight – this will inside of me is something that was implanted in me I believe at birth, which is my heart. So, the want to be the best and guard the best is a natural trait for me. LLM: During your Freshman year at Neosho County Community College in Kansas you experienced a significant knee injury. Tell us about the injury and, more importantly, how you were able to rehabilitate from that setback. your lifestyle magazine • 11

MM: After I graduated high school in 2005, I was involved in numerous amounts of tournaments and was playing any and everywhere. My father told me not to play in so many tournaments and just train and get ready for college. I did not listen, and my last tournament and last game – I remember winning by a lot – I turned for a quick second to see what play the coach wanted and a girl charged directly into me, all I could remember is my body going one way and my knee the other. I thought basketball was over for me when I found out I tore my MCL to the second degree, luckily that's the only ligament you do not have to get surgery for. At this time I had already signed a letter of intent to Wagner College NCAA Division I, however there was a technicality in my admissions paper so it left me with nothing. I received a call from the coach at Neosho County Community College, who saw me play in tournaments and told me she wanted me to come play for her, I explained that I was hurt but she told me it was fine and I could undergo therapy there and return to play the second half of the season. I went to physical therapy every day and recovered quickly with the excellent athletic trainers we had. Mentally, I had to regroup and motivate myself to come back stronger, faster, and better than before, and my work ethic lead to a great recovery. LLM: After that, you transferred to Stony Brook University where you were redshirted as a walk on because the roster was full. Tell us about trying out for the team, and how you made your comeback. 12 • your lifestyle magazine

MM: After Being in Kansas a year, I connected with Wagner College again, but unfortunately the head coach was fired. Instead of sit out of school and basketball for a year, I decided to attend and try out for Stony Brook University NCAA Division I because my cousin went there and said it was a good program academically, and athletically they were Division I in America East conference. My father told me he respected my decision but to understand I will face politics by walking on because the other players are getting paid to play and I would be extra. I understood what he was saying and knew I would undergo politics and frustrations along with unkind treatment of teammates etc. I walked into the head coach’s office and explained my interest in playing for her program and where I was and my situation from the previous year. Coach Maura McHugh, allowed me to practice with the team for my try out and after practice she handed me a practice jersey and I made the team as a red shirt. She told me the roster was already full and she did not have a scholarship for me so I put myself through school by means of any government assistance I could find and out of pocket money. Moreover, I knew there was no room for error on my part and challenged myself to work harder than everyone, stay in the gym, better myself, and learn from the coaches and seniors ahead of me. My determination, focus, drive and being strong mentally got me through my experience as a walk on. LLM: I know you spent some time after college playing with

Elizur Rishon Lezion Professional team in Israel. What was that like, both playing on the team and being in Israel? MM: After college I was blessed to be aided out to Israel for more of a tryout in December towards the end of the first half of the season for a week to see if they would like to bring me back beginning February 1. I practiced and scrimmaged with two different teams under the same management. I did well and the General Manager said he liked me as a person and a player and told me things he felt I should do once I get back home to the states to keep me sharp. I truly loved it there; the people were nice, warm, and welcoming. I found the country of Israel to be very beautiful. When I came back to the states a few weeks later I received a call from the GM and he wanted me to sign and come play the following week, he went over my contract and we both were excited for my departure. I packed my bags, got my paper

work together and was ready to go back to help the team win more games. Unfortunately, a few days before I was suppose to leave the GM called me and told me his club was having problems and he would not be able to bring me on to finish the season out. I was crushed, but I knew I had to bounce back, stay positive, focused, and keep faith that things would work out. LLM: In addition to playing on women's teams, you frequently play with men, as well including the NYC Thunder in the ABA. What do you like about playing in men's leagues, and what are some similarities and differences you've experienced? MM: What I like about playing in men's leagues is the fact the game is different. The men's game is a much more faster past game, more physical, and my post players set better screens. Furthermore, I like playing with the men because it sharpens your lifestyle magazine • 13

No matter what's going on in life, my safe haven is the basketball court.

my game up because its a faster game I'm forced to think quicker, react quicker, make crisp passes, and maneuver my body against bigger more athletic defenders. For instance, when I practice with the women I'm used to coming in first in sprints, however with the men I'm either in the middle or back of the pack in practice. Thus, mentally I work harder and push myself more to be in the top even with guys, so when I'm with the women again I'm even better. Some similarities within the men and women's game would have to be the shooting ability, passing ability, hard work and preparation for games and the overall love for the game. However, some differences lies in the pure athleticism of a man, with the leaping ability they possess. Also, I've noticed with women the fundamentals and IQ to use their teammates is higher with some, because some men go off in tangents and think its about going one-on-one scoring 40. Also, I've noticed women talk more and encourage each other more, while some men don't want to feel like cheerleaders so they may just clap their teammate up, or tell them good job once its a timeout or something. LLM: You also participated in an And 1 Live Game. What is this game, and what was the experience like?

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MM: I played in an And 1 game, which was South Carolina vs New York with Malloy Nesmith a.k.a Future. We drove down from New York along with other known street ballers and played. Once I was dressed and walked into the arena, the crowd's reaction was shocked that a woman, a short one at that, was going to play with these men. Once I checked in and the crowd saw me handle my own and score they were cheering for me and they loved it. LLM: You're in a documentary film by Bobbito Garcia coming out later this year called Doin' it In the Park: Pick Up Basketball, tell us about that project. MM: Yes, I will be featured in Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau's documentary film of pick up basketball around New York City. Be on the lookout for this film. I believe if you are a fan of basketball, you will love it. LLM: I know you sometimes coach teams, as well as play. What are you up to now, and what does the future hold for you? MM: At the moment, I play in the men's ABA as the only woman, work for Sports & Art's (non-profit) after school program along with working for 94by50/NETs Basketball (NBA) doing events and basketball clinics. Further-

more, I work Chain link Nike basketball clinics for boys and girls on occasion, as well as train young athletes on my own. For the future, I pray to be blessed with a deal overseas and of course if possible a try out to play in the WNBA. Moreover, be on the lookout for "The Pink Shoes" movement and be on the look out for my book of inspirational quotes/sayings children's books, and Vegan Athlete recipe handbook . Also, I would love to get into sports modeling, commercial work, movies etc. LLM: Anything else you’d like to let our readers know? MM: I write to keep myself and others motivated by writing inspirational quotes, sayings, poems, and short stories. Something a lot of people don't know is that when I was eleven years old I was told, if I write something down and sleep on it, it would have a better chance of coming true. Thus, I wrote a journal or goals, sayings and writings and dated each entry and slept on it since I was eleven and still do to this day. I found a lot of things I have written in my journal have come to pass, and others still to come. I always say, "I'm blessed, but the best has yet to manifest".

a b u C Style

Cuba is a virtual tropical melting pot of African, North American, South American and European influences and styles. One common thread of Cuban style for women is the sheer sexiness of the clothes they wear and the confidence with which they wear it.

The hot, sultry island of Cuba may be tiny, but the influence of the culture and style of the 11 million inhabitants can be found throughout the world. Cubans know how to make a statement, whether it is through their inherent ability to handcraft the world’s most sought after cigars, their deep influence in the music world, or the original sense of style found in Cuban fash16 • your lifestyle magazine

ion. Cuban style transcends location, political differences and the passage of time. What is cool in Cuba, quite frankly, is cool across the world. Cuba is a virtual tropical melting pot of African, North American, South American and European influences and styles. One common thread of Cuban style for women is the sheer sexi-

halter dress to a colorful, tropical print full length skirt without missing a beat. The comfortable linen fabrics splashed wildly with color bring out the tawny tones of the sun-kissed skin of the most beautiful Cuban women. This summer, you will undoubtedly see some of the bright and bold colors of traditional Cuban styles all around. Through the streets, with a backdrop of colonial architecture and palm trees, Cuban style and the women who make it work permeates the humid air and stretches worldwide showing up on runways and in fashion magazines. Last summer, Cuban styles made a splash on runways everywhere and there is no sign of a Cuban fashion slowdown this summer to come. The women are certainly not the only sect of the Cuban population who has left their mark on the world of style and fashion. The men of Cuba proudly wear the guayabera with such ease and distinct style that the government has chosen to actually declare this four pocketed linen Cuban style shirt the official dress garment of Cuba. It is required for government officials to wear a guayabera at state functions. The shirt with front pleats, made to hold cigars and clippers perfectly, even has its own museum honoring its influence on the culture. The guayabera has left its mark as the epitome of comfort, class, sex appeal, and sophistication all rolled into one. This coming summer, you can certainly expect to see the guayabera on the streets. The distinct style that personifies Cuba is cropping up everywhere, including on celebrity skin such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Claire Danes, thanks to a number of successful Cuban designers. Nicole Sainz DiRocco takes her inspiration straight from the beaches of Cuba. Her Nicolita Swimwear Collection was shown at the MercedesBenz Fashion Week Show. Isabel Toledo worked tirelessly to project her designs onto the global stage. When the gold, gorgeous and glittery jacket and dress she designed graced the long and elegant figure of Michelle Obama at her husband’s inauguration, she certainly got the worldwide attention and admiration her clothing designs deserve. Another Cuban designer, Narciso Rodriguez has also made a global splash by bringing the unique clean and comfortable style of Cuba to the heights of the fashion world. He worked his way up at Donna Karan and Calvin Klein. He was thrust to the forefront of fashion when Carolyn Bassette Kennedy chose his sleek, silk slip dress to walk down the candlelit aisle of a rural Georgia church when she married John F. Kennedy in 1996. Many other designers are tapping into this tropical, Caribbean lifestyle for inspiration and showing their creations at top fashion shows around the world. Collections everywhere are borrowing from the island life with chunky metal and pearl encrusted jewelry, halter gowns that graze the floor or sand, sheer fabrics, linen and ruffle accents, and vibrant colors like mango and orange. Basically, anywhere you look, you will find yourself being sucked into the wildly magnetic pull of the fashions, culture and lifestyle of the place everyone wants to have a piece of..Cuba.

n a ness of the clothes they wear and the confidence with which they wear it. Even when they wear long, floral cotton dresses, the steamy night breezes reveal the curvy, alluring silhouette underneath. Cuban style is all about letting the heat rise through the clothes and this summer is the perfect time to get your body draped in breezy Cuban style clothes. Cuban style can go from a steely white silk

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by David Rogers

If you’ve heard Paul Porter’s voice on the radio, television or even over the loudspeaker at NBA All-Star games, then you only know a snippet of the story. Porter has served in nearly every role in the music industry and, as you might expect, he’s formed some opinions along the way on where the industry has been, where it is and – most importantly – where it’s going. Though he was an on-air personality at Washington D.C.’s WMMJ-FM, his most important contribution to the station may have been the ones he made behind the scenes as program director.

The national ranking of the radio station rose from the 28th urban Adult Contemporary station in the country to fourth in just nine months with Porter. He used the experience to inform his decisions later during nine years at Black Entertainment Television, where he also served as program director. But while accumulating all this experience, he also saw the dark side of the music industry, one that seems to be continually growing darker. Partly in response to this, he started Rap Rehab, an organization that strives to guide young artists through what the music business has become today. your lifestyle magazine • 19

Black music has suffered a systematic demise and Black radio is a major compliance Via email, Porter opened up about his views on the current state of the music industry and how it got there. He also discusses the future of the industry. Lit Lifestyle Magazine: It seems that in your career, you've held nearly every job available in the music industry, from radio DJ to BET Program Director to NBA Announcer to Activist and many more. When you got started working at radio stations while in college, what was it that drew you to the music industry? Was it something you had aspired to be involved in from a young age, or a career that you came into later on? Paul Porter: Music was the heartbeat when I was growing up in college. Music was a lifestyle. It was an important time in music. The 70’s and 80’s were the best times in music. Listening to Chaka Khan, James Brown, Frankie Beverly, Maze, they were an inspiration. I loved lyricists. Today they've been replaced by the lyrically challenged. LLM: You've been a critic of modern radio, and recently wrote a blog titled "Why is Black Radio So Damn Bad?" In it you write that "Black music has suffered a systematic demise and Black radio is a major compliance" - largely due, if I understand correctly, to the current trend of station conglomeration as well as the broadcast of the "steady diet of bitch, hoe and bling" in hip hop lyrics (among other things). The causes are large and intertwined with many of the problems of the music business at large, but what do you see as the first steps to getting Black Radio back on a positive track? 20 • your lifestyle magazine

PP: Minority ownership of radio will get us back on a positive track. The more minority owners, the more pure the product will be. Right now consolidation has killed the variety, choice, ownership and there are too few owners who care about what they play. Consolidation is for stock owners and investors, not listeners and their community. Syndication is rampant, and corporate playlists are marketed heavily to mainstream radio. This is what is causing the demise. LLM: Obviously the music industry was a far different place when you were significantly boosting ratings at radio and television stations like WMMJ-FM in Washington, D.C. and BET. Can you talk about some of the methods you used to bring in listeners/viewers to those stations, and whether you think the same types of moves could help bring more popularity and relevance to today's stations, or are we now dealing with a completely different task? PP: We are now dealing with corporate research and not individuals. When there were local programmers selecting the music and videos, it reflected what was going on in the listeners’ communities. Now that radio has gone national the choices are condensed, whoever has money gets played. Now programming is bought and sold, not selected. LLM: You've spoken on how the current major record labels will likely continue to consolidate, and that the future of music (or, at least good music) will probably rest in the hands of indie labels. How do you predict the successful business model will work in the coming years? Will there be one "right

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way," like how the major labels were seen until recently, or will there be a few different ways artists and labels can be successful? PP: The future for indie labels is bleak. They don’t enough of a budget, combined with poor planning equals not enough progress. Until indie labels learn how to structure a digital friendly music business, they won't succeed. The majors were successful, because they had a structure. LLM: In 2005, while working as an on-air personality at WRKS/KISS FM, your career underwent what your bio calls a dramatic shift which led you to start the non-profit Industry Ears "dedicated to revealing truth and promoting justice in media.” Can you talk a little about the incident, how it changed your view of the industry, as well as a little more about Industry Ears? PP: It didn’t change my view. I saw the corporate takeover happening and the watering down of music. IndustryEars. com became a natural choice. I was tired of being part of the system. Corporate America was controlling the music, images and messages. I had enough knowledge to speak on how the system was run and decided to speak up. I refused to open a can of kiss ass every day at work.

music industry. Please tell us about this company, and what the future plans for the company will be. PP: There are more young folks than ever getting involved in the music industry that have no idea how to get there and what it takes. is my contribution of brain food for them. It’s a shame how many young folks think the music industry is a profitable career when it’s not. I will continue to give them honest answers and solutions on LLM: According to the extensiveness of your resume, it would seem that you have been working nearly constantly throughout your career. What else are you involved in currently, and what is coming in the future? PP: I am finally working on finishing this long planned book of mine. I look forward to more lectures, more formulations of ideas in profitable businesses. I’m trying my best to keep folks aware. I couldn’t ask for more than that. You either build or destroy where you come from. LLM: Is there anything else you'd like to mention to the readers of Lit Magazine? PP: Work on building your legacy. Women need to work on controlling their image in music and media, and become a voice in that process.

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knight in Vegas

entertainer and lifetime las vegas resident, merald knight, iii shares his desert paradise on & off da' strip Some say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and I'm still here! Las Vegas' reputation as Sin City and entertainment capital, has another light to its shine. I've lived the Las Vegas lifestyle as both entertainer and lifetime resident from high-school to present. Living in my city, I've developed a resident's eye view, a peaceful normality on the other side of the fence. As an entertainer, I've also been privileged to experience the bright lights and luxure of Las Vegas. I'm a lucky man, my love for this city is on and off the strip. Through my column I want to share with our readers, the Vegas I know best, the love I have for this desert paradise, from entertainment, our rich history, where to eat, family life and some of our city's hidden gems. As I said in the beginning, Sin City my love, is there a possible paradise. I'll let you determine from my column.

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