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Antonella Barba, a singer who made it to the top 16 on the sixth season of American Idol in 2007, faces a minimum of 10 years behind prison bars following her courtroom admission Tuesday she tried delivering nearly two pounds of fentanyl to a stash house in Virginia back in October. Federal prosecutors say a judge could decide to send Barba, 32, to prison for life at her sentencing hearing in late November, but noted in a statement that “actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.” Barba pleaded guilty to 10 separate counts of possession Tuesday — nine months after her initial arrest. The plea deal comes four months after Barba was indicted on 11 federal charges, including one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute and 10 counts of distribution or possession of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl with the intent to distribute.
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Antonella Barba: A lot of people have asked me that. After “American Idol,” I immediately went back to school. I only had one more year to go and I feel very strongly about finishing what I start. So, I got my working on my music.
I waited forever for that thing to be old news. It just went on and on. I didn’t want that to be my launching pad. Even though I knew the scandal would give me a lot of notoriety, it wasn’t the notoriety that I wanted. I wanted to make sure the very next thing I did was great music. I didn’t want my music to be part of the scandal. You’ve never publicly spoken about it before. Are you concerned that now you’re going to have to talk about it every time you do an interview? I can’t run from it. I’m aware of the fact that it’s there. I know so many people are going to be curious about it. There’s so much I could say about it and clear the air, but at the end of the day, I just want to move on from it. To me, it’s old news. It should be old news for everyone else too. And I also believe that there’s good that comes out of everything that’s bad.
I had the opportunity to photograph and chat with Antonella about your life just prior to her arrest..... Here is that interview. Chaunce Hayden: It’s been years since your controversial “American Idol” appearance. Since that time, you seemed to have vanished from the spotlight. My first question has to be: where have you been?
You’re referring to the racy images that showed up on the internet during your “American Idol” performances. However, similar scandals have made superstars out of people like Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Kendra Wilkinson, Rob Lowe, Carrie Prejean, Paris Hilton and the list goes on and on.
Let’s talk about your music. You’re not signed to a record label as of yet; however, your first single, “Jersey Girl,” is 2007 available on iTunes. Today, when we think of a Jersey girl, we think of Snooki, JWoww and Sammi, but you’re actually from Point Pleasant, N.J. What degree. Now, I’m just do you think of the popular MTV reality series?
But why not strike while the iron was hot? You had the attention of the entire country during your “American Idol” run. Wouldn’t that have been the time to go after your dream? I like to commit myself to everything I do, no matter what it is. I was committed to school because it was something that I had only finished halfway. It would have killed me if I didn’t get my degree. Now, I’m committed to my music. Basically, I had to close one book before I opened another. I’m sure there were those who tried to talk you out of finishing school. Oh yeah! And don’t get me wrong; I really wanted to go after music right after “American Idol,” but my opportunity was such a unique experience. I had a lot of offers that weren’t for the right reasons. I wasn’t looking for another 15 minutes of fame. I wanted my next experience in the public eye to be something of substance. I’m in this for the long haul, not for the 15 minutes. It just wasn’t for the right reasons.
That show has brought the Jersey Shore so much attention, but it’s not about the people who are actually from the Shore. It’s not me. It’s not anyone from my area. A lot of people see the cast as residents of the Jersey Shore, but none of them are actually from the area! They’re what we call “Bennies.” It’s a term we give people who come to the Shore from North Jersey. Every summer, it’s a zoo down here. It’s just crazy. I live less than two miles from the beach. I can drive to the ocean in two minutes. But in the summer, it can take an hour to get to the ocean! But tourism is what keeps the Jersey Shore alive and kicking. Don’t you agree? You’re right. All the locals will put bumper stickers on their cars that read, “Bennies, go home.” But at the same time, we really do rely on summer tourism to survive. Still, the summer crowds will always be something all the locals complain about. What do you think of the reality series “Jersey Shore”?
Jersey is so hot right now... literally. Have any of the reality shows based on Jersey culture showed interest in your music? We’ve been pitching to all the networks. In fact, I believe “Jersey Girl” will be played on an episode of “Jerseylicious” for the new season. “Jersey Girl” paints a different picture of what we see on MTV. Tell me about the lyrics. I co-wrote the song with Dan MacKenzie. I’m just trying to clear the air about Jersey girls. We’re not a bunch of fistpumpers. I poke fun of it in the song. We’re not like the MTV reality series. It’s really different here. It’s not like what people think of Jersey. I try to tell it how it really is. We’re not all a bunch of crazy meatheads. It’s just a fun summer song. Besides being able to sing, you’re also a very beautiful girl. How far can looks get you in the music business? When it comes to appearance, there’s always a double-edged sword. People will always love you for the way you look and hate you for the way you look. That’s with anybody. You just have to be comfortable with who you are and what you’re given. There’s only so much you can control. So, you’re not afraid to be sexy?
I have! I was supposed to meet up with Blake Lewis this past weekend. We always try to get together when he’s in town. I also speak to Jordin Sparks a lot on Twitter. She just linked my song “Jersey Girl” on her Twitter page, which was really nice of her. But I probably keep in touch with Jared Cotter the most. We both got voted off the same night. He actually wrote Jay Sean’s hit song “Down.” [Sings: “Baby, are you down, down, down...”] He actually wrote that song! It’s awesome! I actually talk to a lot of them. It’s really nice. There seems to be a special bond with all the “Idols.” Would you agree?
Definitely! Plus, I think Season 6 was the best! I might be a little bias, but we are all so close. They are all such really cool people. We always joke, “Nobody is as cool as us!” In fact, during Season 6, we were all talking in the rehearsal room and one of the security guards walked in and said, “What are you guys doing?” We said, “We’re just hanging out.” “Why?” he said. “That’s weird. Nobody ever hangs out together. They always just go into separate rooms and rehearse.” We all just got along so well. We were just really lucky to get paired together. Simon is leaving the show. Can “American Idol” survive without him?
It’s hard to say, but I can’t imagine it without him. I felt the same way when Paula left. Now two of the original judges are going to be gone. I just can’t imagine the show without him. I don’t see how it can work. What do you think of Ryan Seacrest?
It’s been great! People seem to love the song “Jersey Girl.” It’s just awesome when everyone is singing along to it and getting into the music. It’s just so cool.
OK, let’s talk about now. How do you plan on promoting yourself? Will we see you in Maxim? Jay Leno? What’s next?
Anyone who can stand on stage and sing in front of the entire country and be criticized by one of the meanest people on earth deserves a medal. Everything else in life must seem easy.
I thought about Maxim. I got an offer in 2007 when I was fresh off the show. I even had Playboy calling me. But there was no chance I would do that. I will never do Playboy. Maxim is a different story. But at the same time, I had nothing to promote. It just would have been a spin-off of the scandal. Now that I do have something to promote, I might consider it.
That experience was so incredible and surreal. It was an opportunity I always dreamt of and to achieve it was so rewarding. I didn’t want to leave the stage. I felt like I have to stay here and do this forever. It was such a whirlwind. Plus, I’m not going to lie; it’s really nice having somebody else do your makeup and hair! When you first auditioned for “American Idol,” you came with your best friend at the time. She got the boot, but you stayed. Are you guys still close? I don’t speak to her anymore. We both went our separate ways. I get asked that all the time. It does suck to say that someone who was my best friend is no longer a friend at all.
When do we get to hear the rest of the songs off the new album? We’re still working on finishing the album. I just finished the video for “Jersey Girl,” and I got 50,000 hits during the first three days. It’s just incredible! I know I can sell records. I just need a record label to believe it. I could see you on “Glee.” (Yells) I want to be on “Glee” so bad! I want to be on that show so bad! You don’t even know.
Ryan’s a funny guy. I got to say he’s a very nice guy. He’s one of the most professional people I’ve ever Why do I get the feeling that your met. He’s always in character! Even extreme good looks are going to if the cameras aren’t on him, he’s be a problem for you? always on. He’s got it down. It’s You’re very right about that! I have so funny! He defended me when so many sides to me. I hope people the scandal was going down and I 2019 see more to me than just beauty. thanked him for it. He was so nice. (Laughs) I’m very multi-dimensional! It was the one time I saw him come out of character. He said, “Look, you don’t deserve it. The hell You performed several times already this summer. What’s with them.” He was really supportive. been the crowd’s reaction to you?
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It’s not something I try to broadcast. (Laughs) I’m not looking to just strut around! But I do get stressed when I have to put on makeup and do my hair.
Have you stayed in contact with the other “Idols”?
The show is ridiculous! I’ve only seen it a couple of times, but it’s very entertaining! The people that come down to the Shore aren’t sane. They’re so wild! I’ve watched that show my whole life right outside my front door.
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NFL PREDICTIONS 16
The hardest pill to swallow is a total collapse, but it happens every NFL season.
The Dallas Cowboys will fall from first to worst, but theyâ€™re not alone.
In 2018, the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off this slip. They won the AFC South in 2017 but finished last the following season (while their South brethren in Houstonpulled the reverse flip the same seasons). The hardest pill to swallow is a total collapse, but somebody falls all the way down the hill every year. Will it happen again in the AFC South? These are your NFL predictions for 2019. Who will fall from first to worst? Two brothers from New York, Dan Salem and Todd Salem, debate NFL predictions for 2019 in today’s NFL Sports Debate.
Todd Salem: As with our past strategy, first comes ruling teams out. I’m ruling out the AFC East. That’s easy. The Patriots aren’t finishing worse than Miami, even if they somehow manage to get passed by both Buffalo and New York. The same goes for Kansas City and Los Angeles in the respective West divisions, with the Raiders in the AFC and the Cardinals in the NFC holding the dead-last spot with a firm grip. Even if an unexpected tumble occurs, I can’t see either team dropping below third. From here, things get interesting. New Orleans feels pretty safe, though the entirety of the NFC South could be solid if Tampa Bay puts together a formidable offense under Bruce Arians. The Texans obviously fall in the same boat after seeing how close their quartet has been in recent seasons. That’s really what we’re looking for: four solid teams that could presumably finish in any order this season. That, or a weak winner from the previous season. Dallas and Baltimore fall into the latter category. For Dallas, it just so happens that the Giants and Redskins will likely be much, much weaker. A bad Cowboys season wouldn’t surprise me. Them finishing behind both Washington and New York would. The Ravens could be primed for a drop-off after so much defensive turnover, but will they really be worse than Cincinnati after all is said and done? What about Chicago? How strong is this team really if the defense takes a step back from elite to merely really good? It’s the same formula that befell Jacksonville between 2017 and 2018. And yet, the Detroit Lions linger here to save everyone else from last place. That was a circuitous way to say a lot of teams could be primed for the crash-and-burn. I realize I didn’t
really rule too many out because I feel like it could reasonably happen in at least four different divisions this season. My top choice to make the plummet? It has to be Houston just because it feels like the closest division top to bottom. That is the easy answer. After all, it just happened last year. If forced to pick one more squad, I’ll go with Dallas. The Cowboys had by far the worst point differential of any division winner last year. With Ezekiel Elliott holding out and constantly facing disciplinary action, all it will take is a defensive regression (they leaped from 25th all the way to ninth in DVOA last season) to drop this team back into the fold.
Dan Salem: The cellar dwellers in half of our divisions certainly make picking a first to worst plummet that much more difficult. Miami has already staked claim to the AFC East cellar, while Arizona owns last place in the the NFC West. It’s not impossible, but I do not want to imagine the slew of injuries necessary to put New England beneath the Dolphins or Los Angeles beneath the Cardinals. I’m confident that Kansas City will not finish behind Oakland or Denver in the AFC West as well. Every other division is at least in play.
Earlier, we addressed those teams most likely to make the ultimate NFL leap, jumping from last place into first place in their division. Now comes the opposite, the teams poised to crash and burn. This is arguably a harder exercise. It feels simpler to spot improvements from bad teams, but finding holes in the really great teams is often tricky. Who is likeliest to drop from first place into last?
Five teams can “realistically” drop from first to worst this season. They are (in no particular order) the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. The Saints are probably the least likely team to fall to the bottom, and below the Buccaneers no less. Tampa Bay has potential, but Drew Brees is not letting his team become a loser after the way last season ended in the conference championship. I’m eliminating Houston as well, because I believe Deshaun Watson is that good. The Texans also have a very good defense. It’s hard to imagine the Titans being better than Houston. It’s also hard to imagine the Lions being better than the Bears. Chicago’s defense is excellent as well, so they are not falling all the way to the bottom of their division. This leaves Dallas and Baltimore as our first to worst teams. The Cowboys may enter the season without their star running back, who just so happens to be the lifeblood of their offense. Dallas is also on shaky ground defensively. All it takes is a little fire from the Giants to shoot ahead of an ailing Cowboys team. The Ravens are in a similar spot, because it’s hard to say what their sophomore quarterback will bring in year two. Baltimore was also a running football team last year and lost a ton on defense during the offseason. It would take a miracle season from Andy Dalton to vault Cincinnati ahead of Baltimore, but it’s not unthinkable. He had the Bengals in the playoffs not that long ago.
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It’s been on your mind all summer between the beach visits and nightlife fun with friends. The constant struggle on how you can live without it, and what you can do to pass the time until its return. If you are unsure of what I’m referring to, then prepare yourself— for football season is about to make its return to a sports bar near you! Just a few things to check off your list: have you joined a fantasy football league, bought your team colors, and finally found the perfect place to watch every game day? Lucky for you, NJ has plenty of sports bars to keep you occupied and happy, but any true football fan knows that game day isn’t complete without friends, good food, and plenty of drink specials to make the day sweeter. Have you picked your game day destination? If you haven’t, I highly recommend you take a trip to Redd’s Restaurant and Biergarten in Carlstadt. Let’s check it out! The commute to Redd’s is fairly simple if you drive, but please for your sanity, don’t try and take public transportation there—especially on game day! It’s a hot mess in the making, trust me on this one. If you are driving there, do yourself a favor and plan a little ahead to avoid traffic, or just call Uber. Either way, I promise you the commute is worth it, and it is very easy to find being located less than a mile from MetLife Stadium. According to some word of mouth sources, this is the destination to be at before and after all your football games, concerts, etc. Another bonus? If you are driving there Redd’s offers convenient parking options, as well as shuttles to and from events. Check out their website for more information! Upon arriving to Redd’s you’ll instantly be welcome by their beautiful outdoor seating. Gentlemen or ladies, if you are looking to make a good impression for that special person in your life who enjoys sports and dining, this is the place to go. I had the opportunity to check out the patio, and there is ample space to enjoy what’s left of the summer weather, all while enjoying a good meal and ambience with friends. Looking for a place to hold an event? You can reserve Redd’s for any business, family, or sports get together you can think of. They have a sizable event floor, a balcony
Hey football fans, did you know that there are over 35 flat screens available? This means you won’t be stuck in a corner trying to find space at the bar to view your game of choice. Redd’s has you covered inside. They provide a sports friendly environment, friendly staff, and more than enough room for you to have a good meal while watching some touchdowns. This August, get ready for NFL and college specials on Wings, Pork Rib Sliders, Cheeseburger Sliders, Bavarian Pretzels, Pizza, and Nachos. Yum! Don’t forget about promotions for Coors Lite, Miller Lite, Yuengling, Shock Top, and even on Radeberger, Heineken, Schofferhofer Grapefruit, Strongbow Cider, and House Wine. Check out their website or socials to stay up-to-date on all upcoming football specials. Now let’s talk about food and drinks.
Overall Redd’s is your complete sports/private event space destination. It’s a gem for beer and food lovers alike, and with its combination of awesome football specials, outdoor seating, parking/shuttle options, and plenty of big screens available, it is the place to be this football season. Thanks for having me, Redd’s Restaurant and Biergarten —and cheers and happy eating to you all!
The beer paired very well with the food, and they have a little something for everyone. I personally loved the Hofbrau Original. It’s flavor was balanced, and offered a hint of flavor that would turn even the most avid of cocktail lovers to a beer drinker just for one night. Looking for a more robust flavor? Then you should opt for the other house favorite, the Radeberger Pilsner. This option is refreshing and bold…so take a chance, and give them a try. You won’t disappointed! Now we’ve talked about dinner, drinks, but what about dessert? Surely there is something that I can end the night with. Don’t worry sugar fans, Redd’s has you covered with items ranging from ice cream to Warm Brownie a La Mode. My recommendation? Try the Tootsie Roll! No not the candy, but a marble cheesecake which is rolled in a cinnamon crust, and topped with both raspberry and chocolate sauce. Believe me, your game day won’t be complete without it!
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The menu at Redd’s can best be described as eclectic providing its patrons with a variety of options to choose from. You can start with an appetizer such as the Bavarian Pretzel or Redd’s Nachos “Supreme,” opt for one of the certified 10 oz. Angus Burgers, Pizza, Sandwiches, Soups, Salads, Pasta, or…and wait for it, select one of the sausages. On my visit, I decided to try both the Vegan Sausage and Cheddar Sausage, as well as the Radeberger Pilsner, and Hofbrau Original draught beers. If you are a Vegan, Redd’s definitely has you covered. The dish wasn’t greasy, fresh to order, and the perfect dish to allow you the “sausage” experience without the guilt. The Cheddar Sausage was delicious as well, and if you are cheese fan, I highly recommend you give this a try. It comes with fries, rye bread, and plenty of kraut. Overall, a touchdown food experience that can be enjoyed by all.
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The particulars: Daniel Craig was spotted wearing Barton Perreira’s $395 “Joe” sunglasses (in black with “vintage grey” lenses, if you want to get the particulars just right) on the set of the upcoming Bond 25 movie. Which is to say: James Bond will be spotted, once the film’s been released next year, wearing Barton Perreira’s “Joe” sunglasses. Quick
trigger? Maybe. But if there were ever a time for a brand to jump into credit-claiming mode early, it’s in this case. The history of Bond influencing how men want to live, drink, and dress is prodigious. Take Billy Reid for example, whose peacoat kept Craig’s Bond cloaked on the streets of Shanghai during a Skyfall scene. Despite the fact that Skyfall came out at the beginning of Barack Obama’s second term, Reid is still basking in the afterglow years later. “The Skyfall effect has lingered well after the movie,” Reid told us over email last year. “We had such demand for the peacoat that we had to take a significant inventory position on raw materials to meet the orders, which have come from all over the world. It is still one of the top-10 selling items for us every fall.” Similarly, MN reported in 2015 that Bond’s Barbour jacket in Skyfall was pre-ordered hundreds of times because of its inclusion in the movie. When another Billy Reid peacoat was set to appear in 2015’s Spectre, the designer put it up for pre-order.
A strange email landed in my inbox today. To be fair, I get plenty of emails that follow the format this one did: celebrity wears a thing, brand gets excited, emails get sent alerting the masses. As celebrities weigh more heavily on the choices people make about what clothes to buy and which Fit Tea to use, brands are eager to spread the news and wait for the influence to sink in. That’s all pretty standard. What was strange about this particular email was that it concerned a fictional person, wearing a costume, in a movie that won’t even be in theaters until April 2020. James Bond, it turns out, transcends all precepts of modern influencer marketing.
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As a self-proclaimed fashion guy, you think you know everything about style. You know the difference between cotton and cotton twill as well as the insider opinion that wearing white after Labor Day isn’t necessarily a fashion faux pas. But do you know designers? And the awkward silence ensues. Sure, you may know the basics (Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, and Giorgio Armani), but not much comes to mind after that. However, the world is full of designers who don’t have a bustling empire with fragrances and celebrity endorsements (yet). Not only is getting to know these obscure designers a great way to find some cherishable pieces, but your seemingly encyclopedic fashion knowledge will garner you as your friend group’s go-to style guy. And for any dress-conscious guy, isn’t that the dream? Time to brush up on your fashion IQ and read on for 10 brands you need to know about. 1. Neil Barrett Even though Neil Barrett’s eponymous line dates back to 1999, the designer has an extensive resume. Born in South West England, Barrett studied design at two of the top fashion schools: Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design as well as the Royal College of Art in London. Between his experience at Gucci, spearheading Prada menswear’s collection, and being dubbed creative director of Puma Italia line in 2003, his very own label is just the tip of the sartorial iceberg. So now that you’re impressed by the man, let’s talk about the clothes. For starters, they’re perfect for the minimalist guy who isn’t afraid to make a statement: Think trimmed coats in deconstructed camo prints or fitted turtlenecks adorned with punchy graphics. But before you write off Barrett’s designs as showy, each statement print or material is featured in subdued neutrals like black, gray, or olive green.
2. Ami Once upon a time, French designer Alexandre Mattiussi tried his luck in selling T-shirts and shirts through retailers like Intermix and Lane Crawford. Alas, it was a flop, and in 2002, he closed down business. But, as Business of Fashion decrees, a lucky encounter with Marc Jacobs’ CEO prompted Mattiussi to give his fashion career another chance. And in 2011, Ami was born: A brand so cool and covetable that it won the Andam prize, a prestigious award in France, two years later. The comeback kid’s success can’t be solely attributed to good luck and perfect timing: Mr Porter writes that Mattiussi paid his dues at large fashion houses such as Dior, Givenchy, and Marc Jacobs. And then there’s his ability to make clothes that perfectly teeter between casual and dressy. From camel-colored wool overcoats, to felt-appliquéd sweatshirts, to washeddenim shirts, Ami has a bevy of threads that can be worn to a variety of events.
3. Public School They say that two brains are better than one, and that’s been proven true by New York-based brand Public School. The cult brand is a joint effort between street-wear designers DaoYi Chow and Maxwell Osborne. While the brand was launched in 2008, the designers didn’t hit their stride until 2013. In just a few years, the brand has won a litany of awards: the CFDA Swarovski Award for menswear in 2013, the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2014, and the International Woolmark prize. As for the clothes, Public School’s street-wear aesthetic is a far cry from your dad’s threads. Twill trousers are relaxed with a tapered hem and a drawstring closure. As for the accessories? Think leather sneakers that are far too fancy for the court and platform lace-ups that add some pizazz to your standard office kicks.
4. Billy Reid As every fashion-forward guy knows, finding a well-made luxury piece at an affordable price is no easy feat. Unless you have a penchant for vintage shopping, it feels like you’ll either sacrifice quality for an inexpensive piece or you’ll end up spending hundreds of dollars on a simple (albeit amazing) T-shirt. Enter Billy Reid, whose full namesake label debuted in 2004. With stints at Saks Fifth Avenue and Reebok, it’s no surprise that Reid’s line appeals to the fashion rookies and aficionados alike. This designer will tug at the heartstrings of guys who want to give classic traditionalism a hip twist at an affordable price. Navy wool coats for under $1,000, zesty
cotton button downs for $200 each, and cotton twill chinos for as little as $325 (which is a bargain for Reid’s handcrafted Heirloom collection). Plus, each affordable garment can be mixed and matched for a quirky ensemble.
5. Gitman Brothers Step aside, J.Crew and Brooks Brothers: There’s a (not-so) new office attire alternative in town. While the American brand dates back to the 1930s, this brand is more modern and fashion-forward than the brand’s heritage background suggests. Prioritizing quality above all things, Gitman Brothers‘ specialty lies in button downs and ties — tactile silk, knit, and wool ties in dreamy jewel tones and standard stripes as well as cool geometrical prints. As for the shirts, the brand boasts 100% cotton Oxford shirts with signature details like chalk buttons and double-track stitching that are stylish with a suit jacket or relaxed pair of chinos. If you want to sport these after hours, swap the brand’s traditional solids and stripes and opt for Gitman’s selection of cheetah shirts, flannel, and Navajo-inspired prints.
If it was available back when you were in high school, all the cool kids (you know, the ones who definitely missed their curfews) would’ve worn Ovadia & Sons. Currently stocking crewneck T-shirts with a rebellious zipper element, Nirvana-esque Buffalo checked flannels, and leather jackets with that tough motocross quilting along the shoulders and waist, consider the brand fashion’s cooler, badass cousin. It’s no surprise then that brothers-turned-designers Ariel and Shimon Ovadia were inspired by music and street style. Unlike their fashion week colleagues, the Ovadia brothers had no formal training in fashion design when they launched their brand in
Let’s get one thing straight: Not every stylish guy needs to sport strictly high-fashion threads. Some may lean more toward a preppy aesthetic. If you have a passion for repp-striped belts, polos in punchy brights, midthigh shorts, and quilted vests, who better to turn to than Sid Mashburn? Based in Atlanta, Georgia, his resume is stacked with design gigs at ultrapreppy houses such as J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Lands’ End. With a simple click on Mashburn’s site, you’ll be able to purchase all your necessities: underwear, socks, ties, shirts, pants, and belts, just to name a few. And not only are his designs loaded with cheery prints and shades, but Mashburn’s collection also boasts wearable fabrics like wool, cotton, and cashmere for an affordable price.
9. Sacai For any guy with a stylish girl in his life — whether it’s a mother, sister, friend, or significant other — you may know that Sacai is nothing new to the style circuit. After all, Japanese designer Chitose Abe launched her women’s line way back in 1999. But it wasn’t until 2009 that she started crafting clothes for the dudes as well. The result? A collection of cool, unconventional, and quirky threads. Not only is Sacai’s array of eye-catching prints and languid silhouettes enough to attract the fashion flock, Abe’s use of layerable garments is both a style lesson and a must-have for any guy’s wardrobe.
10. Jeffrey Rüdes Sexy dressing for women and men are two completely different things. To some, ladies may look irresistible in a tight minidress. As for men? Nothing’s sexier than fitted pieces, neutral hues, and integrating playful textures. Translation: Jeffrey Rüdes’s collection. With over 35 years in the fashion industry — highlights include founding the denim company J Brand — there’s no denying that Rüdes knows clothes. His styles are ideal for the cultural guys who prefer wine bars over dive bars: silk crepe button downs, velvet blazers, and leather shawl lapels upgrade your standard suiting basics. But these modern threads aren’t only appropriate for fancy evening outings. With a pair of fitted jeans and dressy sneakers, these pieces will also look great at a more casual affair.
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If you’re one of many who will be looking for luxurious basics, look to Orley. Introduced in 2012 by Matthew, Alex, and Samantha Orley, creating high-quality basics is a family affair. And with a slew of nominations and recognitions from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Orley is destined to be the next big brand. Sure, a chain stitch hand knit pullover will set you back $1,795, but the wool cashmere blend is so worth it. If you’re looking for less expensive options, Orley also produces long-sleeved polos, henleys, and cardigans in lightweight merino. From solids to kooky chevrons and color-blocking, these picks can be dressed up with a neat pair of trousers or dressed down with a faded pair of jeans.
2010. But it seems the gamble paid off: GQ dubbed the brothers “Best Menswear Designers” in 2011, and they have been nominated for several CFDA awards since.
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Daniel Jones will eventually replace Eli Manning, but that transition will not be easy for the
From The Daily News By PAT LEONARD In Week 11 of the 2004 NFL season, Tom Coughlin told future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner he no longer would be the Giants’ starter. The team was turning to that year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Eli Manning, despite a 5-4 record through nine Warner starts. Warner was a two-time league MVP and Super Bowl champion who had signed a twoyear contract and hoped to play at least a full season and reignite his career. At 33 years old, he was a much better player than the rookie Manning, 23. Still, Warner understood. Manning was the organization’s future. “Even Tom Coughlin told me as much: ‘It’s not because Eli’s better right now. It has nothing to do with you. It’s about how do I prepare this team for the future,’” Warner, now an NFL Network analyst, told the Daily News in a phone interview last week. “‘You’ve helped us win and changed the perception,’ (but) reading between the lines, … I got the sense (we) didn’t think we were a contender, so it made more sense to make a move now. We can get there, but it’s not gonna be with Kurt Warner. It’s gonna be with Eli Manning. That’s our future. We’ve got to ride with him at some point. “You saw that the last seven games, (Manning) really struggled,” Warner recalled of the Giants’ 1-6 finish down the stretch. “He wasn’t ready to step in and play and wasn’t where I was as a player. But they weren’t playing for those seven games. They were playing for years later. And getting hit and dealing with that frustration, without a question, made Eli better and sped up his process.” Fifteen years later, Manning, 38, is the veteran looking over his shoulder as the Giants’ No. 6 overall pick, Duke QB Daniel Jones, reported Monday with fellow rookies and select veterans to open training camp. Warner is the first to point out that Manning’s situation is obviously different from his own in 2004, given Manning’s lofty status within the organization as a two-time Giant Super Bowl MVP.
“The difference is Eli’s solidified as one of the great Giants, so this isn’t like, ‘He’s not gonna be here, so let’s move to the young kid,’” Warner said. “Like, I was a stop-gap guy.” Still, the Hall of Famer believes the Giants will be, and must be, “cautious” with how they handle the transition to Jones, whether they’re planning it for midseason 2019, 2020 or beyond. “If Daniel Jones is better, Daniel Jones should play,” Warner said. “No disrespect to Eli, but if you feel that’s the case, you have to pass the torch. Now that’s not how I feel, though. I feel Eli can be successful; he just needs help around him. Daniel Jones is your future. No doubt about that. But you have to be sensitive to who the guy he’s replacing is.”
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Warner would know. “If it played out like Eli and me in 2004, I think it would be an ugly situation. Because if the young guy comes in, doesn’t play well, looks really bad and (you’ve benched) this guy who means a lot to the organization, now it looks awful. But you also have to be sensitive to not letting it go too far the wrong way either: If Eli’s not playing well, it’s obvious, and everyone knows Phil Simms Daniel needs to be playing.
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“(But) especially with Eli Manning, he deserves the right to have every opportunity to finish this thing the way he wants to finish it, if he can still play and be successful and is even with Daniel Jones or a little bit better.” What a franchise quarterback deserves in this situation, though, can be subjective and often irrelevant.
CHANGE HAPPENS FAST Phil Simms was released prior to the 1994 season despite being the first Giants QB to win a Super Bowl. He was the Super Bowl XXI MVP to cap the 1986 season, and a two-time champion coming off a playoff appearance in 1993. Owner Wellington Mara even disagreed with GM George Young’s final call.
Then in 2004, when Manning replaced Warner after three Giant losses in four games, wide receiver Amani Toomer called Warner a “scapegoat” and said he was “surprised” because “it’s not all Kurt.” As Warner said, though, Coughlin told him directly: it wasn’t about what Warner had earned or deserved. It’s natural to ask, then, why Manning would help groom Jones to take his job. Making Jones a better player would give the Giants one more reason to make an earlier-thanexpected change. And the organization has proven in the past that superior ability isn’t even a prerequisite to go to the rookie anyway. Pat Shurmur and the Giants have been extremely careful, therefore, to say that it is not Manning’s job to teach or mentor Jones. “I told this to Eli a couple times already; it’s not his job to teach the next quarterback that comes in here,” Shurmur said after drafting Jones. “It’s his job to be the very best player he can be, and then the quarterback that we bring in, it’s his job to be smart enough to learn from Eli.” Warner, however, didn’t approach 2004 with a reluctant attitude toward teaching Manning, and he doesn’t understand why any team wouldn’t ask a veteran QB to mentor the youngsters now. “I wish more teams would go, yeah, I expect Eli and (Denver’s) Joe Flacco, my veteran QB, to help everyone get better,” Warner said. “If it’s something they can help everyone on our team to get better, I expect that. When I signed on the dotted line, there wasn’t any fine print to do anything to make us better only when you’re the starter. It’s just stupid. “I’m part of a team and to make the team better. That’s your role, your job, that’s what a leader does,” he added. “(If I were on the Giants this year) I want to make Daniel Jones better. Let’s say he doesn’t beat me out but I get hurt and Jones goes in the next four games. I want him to win those four games so I can come back in and we can go win a championship.
Mara read a statement when Simms was let go, calling it “a day of overwhelming sadness.” Still, Young cited Simms’ fit within the NFL’s new salary cap and made the switch to 1992 first-round Manning & Jones supplemental draft pick Dave Brown, 24, out of Duke. Simms, 38 at the time, never saw it coming, though in hindsight he recognizes one sign had been right in front of his face.
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“I never thought about how we have this No. 1-round draft QB and we need to make a transition and he needed to play,” Simms, 63, told the News on the phone Sunday evening. “Even with the age difference, I didn’t realize it until after … I never looked at it like he’s here to take my job.”
Simms can relate. He didn’t shy away at all from forming a close relationship with Brown. “Dave and I didn’t have a good relationship; we had a great relationship,” Simms said. “We played golf, we talked all the time. It was fun being 38 years old and having young kids around playing music in the locker
“Sometimes,” Warner concluded, “you lead well enough and get guys prepared well enough that you lose your job.”
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room and saying to you, ‘Come on, what’s this song, Phil?!’ Ya know? And even for Eli, it will be this way. As an older quarterback, you want to see if young QBs can hang with you -- when you’re working out, when you’re throwing, when you’re learning the playbook. All of it.” Simms said he “used to stand on the field after some practices and watch (Brown) throw and work with him.” He also remembers Brown would grab the game sheet after road games and ask him questions on flights home. One night, Brown saw better stats next to Simms’ name than he’d expected. Simms laughs recounting what Brown asked him next. “How did you put up these numbers? I didn’t even think you were playing that well,” Brown said. Simms didn’t take offense. He explained how late in a game that already had been decided, he’d made smart, strategic decisions to gain some yards and pad the stats a bit. “Never at the expense of the team, though looking back, I wish I’d have done that more often,” Simms laughs. “But (Brown) looked at me and he goes, ‘Do you think I’ll be able to do that?’”
Brown wanted to know, and Simms was happy to share. In Warner’s case, before his incredible underdog story from undrafted NFL afterthought to Hall of Famer took off in St. Louis in 1999, veteran Trent Green was on track to be the Rams’ starter.
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And Warner said he never stopped asking Green questions during practice about Mike Martz’s offense. “Every time (Green) made a throw or read I’d say, ‘Why did you do that?’” Warner said. “I probably wore him out. He was probably sick of me talking to him, but he was so huge in my development.” Warner’s experience as the veteran in a Giants QB room with a young Manning, though, wasn’t the former Rams great imparting constant wisdom to a wide-eyed rookie. Part of that was due, Warner said, to Manning’s less outgoing personality. “The situation there was a little different with Eli from the standpoint of a) Eli’s personality was introverted, he was a quiet kid, cerebral guy, didn’t ask, didn’t talk a lot, at that time almost seemed a little overwhelmed, not that he was,” Warner recalled. “I was open to doing anything and everything, but because of his demeanor, there wasn’t a lot of, ‘Kurt, what do you think here?’ or ‘What are you seeing?’ from (Manning). Had he asked, I would have done anything he’d asked. But we always talked in meetings, and when he was starting, we did all the normal stuff.” Warner also said, though, that he wasn’t going to force a mentorship on Manning because he knew the young Eli
hailed from one of football’s royal families. He had plenty of advice at his fingertips already. “He’s got a dad and brother that played in this league, and he has those guys as mentors, and I always felt respectful of that.” Warner said. “I’m not gonna push envelope and make Eli do what I’m doing because he’s got these other means of knowing how to prepare. And I tried to be respectful of that. “So because of his personality and his background, I tried to do everything I could, but it wasn’t as over the top as other guys I worked with,” Warner said. “With some guys I’d say hey come watch film, let me talk you through it. Or with certain guys I’d always be in the background, and after a rep I’d grab them and say, ‘Ok, why did you do that?’” It wasn’t quite the same with Eli. Manning hasn’t declined to mentor Jones, even if he’s not exactly volunteering for a title change. “I think I’ve been doing that the last 11 years, 12 years,” he said in May of mentoring younger QBs. “I don’t know when you become a mentor, ya know, when that’s official. I think when you’ve been in the league longer than any other guy in the quarterback room, you should be a mentor in that sense where you know a little bit more and can be helpful.” Manning did add, however, that “it’s not necessarily your job to do it (as a veteran). It’s a little bit on Daniel being in there listening and asking questions.” And that’s interesting, because the Giants seem to be asking Jones to be much more outgoing, inquisitive and active in soliciting Manning’s help than he was himself seeking Warner’s advice in 2004. Still, Warner has no doubt that Manning will do everything he can to help Jones, whether or not it’s being asked of him officially. “Eli’s been nothing but class, but yeah, I expect him to help Daniel Jones anywhere he can,” Warner said. “Does it mean spending 40 hours extra? No. It means show Daniel how to be a pro, how to be a champion. “I don’t care how many coaches there are,” he said. “Very few people have the experience I did (as a highly-successful NFL quarterback). How many guys have been in my shoes, in those situations, that can teach Jones, things that I can teach them? Whether it’s QB coach, an offensive coordinator, can they teach him what I can? Probably not. Even though yeah, part of it is the coach. Simms said that Manning, regardless of whether he’s officially labeled as Jones’ mentor, will naturally become a teacher for the rookie. “All these (Giants QB transition) situations are a little different,” Simms said. “Kurt was different. We all knew why he was here (in 2004). Eli is a little different, too, though Eli’s situation is a little more consistent with mine. And Eli will be just like me and almost every QB: It’s in you. You’re gonna share info and talk about things that are gonna help
“There are so many great things an old QB can tell young guys, not always about what you did but how you’re approaching it mentally: how not to get down after you throw an interception, for example,” Simms added. Just like Warner, though, Simms believes that Manning “deserves” one last opportunity to prove he’s still got it as the starter before he steps out of the spotlight. “He does deserve another chance,” Simms said, “to see if they can do something: the consecutive start streak, two Super Bowls and MVPs, his loyalty, the way he’s conducted himself. Everything. Yes, he deserves it.”
Jones said this spring that he’s learned a lot just by watching Manning’s “routine and daily preparation, how he prepares for practice, how he reviews and learns from practice.” The rookie called the quarterback room “a collection of people,” including Manning, Jones, Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta, with a constructive dynamic of “always bouncing ideas off of each other and hearing everyone.” Jones isn’t acting like some unprepared puppy dog desperate for knowledge, though. He’s trying to push the envelope and compete for playing time. And there’s no reason for him not to.
Co-owner John Mara made the call then, and he regrets it. GM Dave Gettleman technically now has final football say with the 2019 Giants. But Mara remains involved, so there will not be a scenario like Simms’ in 1994, with a GM releasing a player while the owner publicly opposes the move. “You have to be more cautious than they were in ’17,” Warner said. “That to me was just the wrong move for so many different reasons. First and foremost putting in Geno Smith, that wasn’t your future.”
STEPPING ASIDE … WHEN IT’S TIME A large part of this will be on Manning, too, however, to
Before a quarterback controversy could even begin, however, Warner recalls: “I made sure right after that game I went to Coughlin and said, ‘You need to go out and tell the media that Eli’s our guy. You need to go and establish Eli had a bad game, just like anybody. I told Tom you’ve got to make that statement right now, because I understood.” One factor in Warner’s decision to cede to Manning was that he knew such a successful pass-heavy attack late in a blowout loss, while it allowed him to show fans “the Kurt Warner of before,” wasn’t a realistic part of the Giants’ identity. “When I came into that game and we were down, for the first time that year I got to play football the way I play football,” Warner said. “It was good for me because it was nice to make that statement to everybody in the league, ‘Hey, I can still do this. They haven’t asked me to do this.’ They were good sequences for me. But it was a bit deceiving for fans or people who thought maybe we could have this. It was never gonna be that kind of offense in New York.” More than anything, though, Warner said, “After that game, though, I had to put myself in Eli’s position, not just look at mine.” “I thought if I’m Eli, what would I need in this situation?” Warner remembered. “I would need that vote of confidence from my coach. ‘He’s still our guy.’” So Warner, who still had another Super Bowl appearance and five more seasons with the Arizona Cardinals in him, told Coughlin to go back to Manning. Fifteen years later, Manning is telling ESPN he wants to play past the 2019 season, his final year on his current contract with the Giants. But a transition to Jones as franchise quarterback looms. Manning doesn’t have to like it, and he is receiving every opportunity to delay the inevitable. It’s getting closer to the time, however, when what he wants or “deserves” won’t be a factor. And like Simms and Warner before him, he’ll have to accept it and understand.
The Giants’ decision to bring Manning back in the first place, though, and their reticence to call him Jones’ mentor, also may represent their sensitivity to avoid repeating -- and in their minds, possibly undo -- the damage done by their botched Week 13 quarterback transition of 2017.
An overwhelmed Manning was a disastrous 4-of-18 for 27 yards, two interceptions, and one of four Giant lost fumbles in his fourth career NFL start. The Giants suffered a 37-14 blowout road loss to the Ravens, and when Coughlin replaced Manning with Warner in the fourth quarter, the veteran who had been benched in Week 11 promptly led a touchdown drive and finished 6-of-9 for 127 yards.
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Shurmur encouraged Jones at the end of the spring offseason program “to be ready to play day one,” and that added some heat beneath Manning’s seat even as the Giants call him their Week 1 starter. So Shurmur’s words are proof the coach has no problem putting healthy pressure on Manning to perform.
recognize and accept graciously when it’s time. Rewind to Week 14 of his 2004 rookie year, in fact, and he’ll find a perfect example of how to do so from Warner’s actions that day in Baltimore.
a young QB. It’s like you’ve got a secret, and you want to tell somebody.
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THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS What does the second amendment really mean?
It’s words have fueled centuries of debate – and not until 2008 did the supreme court clearly back an individual’s right to keep a weapon at home for self-defense by Alan Yuhas The second amendment has become a badge and bumper sticker, a shield for gun activists and scripture for much of the American right. But like other cherished texts, it is not as clear as many make it out to be. The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” For most of the republic’s lifespan, from 1791 to 2008, those commas and clauses were debated by attorneys and senators, slave owners and freedmen, judges, Black Panthers, governors and lobbyists. For some, the militia was key; for others the right that shall not be infringed; for yet others, the question of states
versus the federal government. For the most part, the supreme court stayed out it. Americans have been thinking about the second amendment as an individual right for generations,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. “You can find state supreme courts in the mid-1800s where judges say the second amendment protects an individual right.” But for the 70 years or so before a supreme court decision in 2008, he said, “the supreme court and federal courts held that it only applied in the context of militias, the right of states to protect themselves from federal interference”.
The reasons that motivated the framers to protect the ability of militiamen to keep muskets, or that motivated the Reconstruction Congress to extend full citizenship to freedmen in the wake of the Civil War, have only a limited bearing on the question that confronts the homeowner in a crime-infested metropolis today.
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This fight over history, waged by supreme court justices and unlikely allies and foes, goes all the way back. “People look at the same record and come to wildly different conclusions about what the view was in the 18th century, in the 19th century,” said Nicholas Johnson, a Fordham University law professor who argues against Winkler’s view of 20th-century case law. Attempts to parse “original” intent go all the way back to the revolution and its aftermath, when the country’s founders bickered about what exactly they were talking about. Carl Bogus, a law professor at Roger Williams University, has argued that James Madison wrote the second amendment in part to reassure his home state of Virginia, where slave owners were terrified of revolts and wary of northerners who would undermine the system. “The militia were at that stage almost exclusively a slave-control tool in the south,” he said. “You gave Congress the power to arm the militia – if Congress chooses not to arm our militia, well, we all know what happens.” The federalist Madison’s compromise, according to Bogus, was to promise a bill of rights. After weeks of tense debate, his federalists narrowly won the vote to ratify the constitution. “He writes an amendment that gives the states the right to have an armed militia, by the people arming themselves.” A year later, the federal government passed a law requiring every man eligible for his local militia to acquire a gun and register with authorities. (The law was only changed in 1903.) After the civil war, second amendment rights were again debated by Congress, which abolished militias in the former Confederate states and passed the 1866 Civil Rights Act, explicitly protecting freed slaves’ right to bear arms. A century later, the founders of the Black Panthers took up guns, symbolically and
literally, to press for equal civil rights in California. The state’s conservative lawmakers promptly took up the cause of gun control. In 1967, Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act, banning the public carry of loaded guns in cities. The governor said he saw “no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons”. Reagan later supported the Brady Act, a gun control law named after his aide, who was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan in Washington DC. The National Rifle Association supported the Mulford Act but opposed the Brady Act, signed into law 26 years later. Winkler, the UCLA professor, said that during the 1970s, a “revolt among the membership profoundly altered the NRA overnight. Since the 1930s, the group had supported restrictions on machine guns and public carry, but angry hardliners took control over the organization in 1977, when moderates wanted to retreat from lobbying work. The group then began a decades-long campaign to popularize its uncompromising positions. “The NRA goes far beyond what the second amendment requires – people walking around with permits, on college campuses,” Winkler said. “Their argument is it’s a fundamental right and freedom. People care more about values than they care about policy.” In the late 1990s, several prominent liberal attorneys, such as Laurence Tribe and Akhil Reed Amar, also argued for an individual right while advocating gun regulation. Gun control activists say they have not changed tack since the supreme court’s 2008 decision. Scalia wrote a narrow opinion and listed several exceptions, such as bans on “unusual and dangerous weapons” and sales to domestic abusers and people with mental illness. He also wrote that states and cities could ban firearms from places like government buildings. Lower courts have upheld many gun laws around the country since 2008, and the supreme court has declined to hear any second amendment cases since 2010. Attorneys and activists on both sides expect a looming fight over the right to carry guns in public, which the Heller decision does not address. “The courts generally strike a balance between the need for lawmakers to protect public safety and this notion of second amendment rights,” said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The Heller decision, she said, was “entirely consistent” with gun laws like background checks. “There’s a mythology here that the supreme court has said something about the second amendment that it hasn’t,” she said. “I think most Americans don’t like reading the footnotes.”
In 2008, the supreme court decided the District of Columbia v Heller, 5-4 , overturning a handgun ban in the city. The conservative justice Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion in narrow but unprecedented terms: for the first time in the country’s history, the supreme court explicitly affirmed an individual’s right to keep a weapon at home for self-defense. Justice John Paul Stevens dissented, saying the decision showed disrespect “for the well-settled views of all of our predecessors on the court, and for the rule of law itself”. Two years later, he dissented from another decision favoring gun rights, writing:
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SPOTIFY & APPLE MUSIC’S NEWEST DUEL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSIC AUGUST - SEPTEMBER
From Rolling Stone By AMY X. WANG The two music-streaming companies are racing to corner the podcast market with investments and acquisitions, but it’s still anyone’s game In 2019, a curious thing happened to music streaming: The two biggest players in the industry, Spotify and Apple, both quietly stopped referring to themselves as music services. Though the two tech giants still tout their millions-strong song catalogs as the core of their products, the year has seen a series of aggressive moves from each of them in a different arena altogether. That would be non-music audio content — and specifically podcasts, a booming format that attracts one-fifth of U.S. adults each week, according to Nielsen’s latest audience report. (That figure was half the size 10 years ago.) Spotify has spent the year on a hunting spree, snatching up several high-profile podcast opportunities with personalities like comedian Josh Adam Meyers and Barack and Michelle Obama; it’s invested some $300 million in podcasts, acquired two podcasting companies, and redesigned its app experience to highlight podcast episodes as prominently as it does music albums. Yet Apple, not to be outdone, is getting ready to fund is own original exclusive podcasts as well, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Specifics of the deals are not yet known. Voxnest, an podcasting firm that offers services to publishers and
advertisers, came out with a report this week using audience network data that proclaims Apple as the bigger of the two services in the podcast market right now by popularity — but only by a modest margin. Spotify’s current dominance in certain European countries such as Germany, Bulgaria and the Netherlands is “particularly important” to watch because of the promising growth rates in those regions, the report notes. What’s likely is that we end up seeing the same country-specific fragmentation that we do for music streaming, with Apple Music leading in U.S. paying subscribers but Spotify taking the global lead by market share. And that’s not yet factoring in the targeted podcasting efforts of audio companies like Pandora and Luminary, who are also pushing determinedly into the space. A better question than “who will come out on top?” may be “which company will benefit more from podcasts?” Analysts largely see Spotify’s podcast initiatives as strategies to diversify the Swedish streaming service’s offerings; to Apple, though, expanding podcasting would be building off of something that has lived inside the company’s product ecosystem via iTunes (RIP) since 2005. But as a Vulture analysis on Thursday noted, the “substance and stakes are now dramatically different” as podcasting booms in popularity in profit, thanks to advancements in both streaming services and consumer tech gadgets like smart speakers. In short: Everyone’s seen the signs of a major untapped market, and the rush into it from every side will be anything but orderly.
LEGENDARY MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHER
Frank White I’ve known you for many years and I am familiar with the massive amount of photo work you’ve done especially in the realm of hard rock/heavy metal music. For those that do not know you, please give an introduction of yourself and how you got into shooting pretty much every band in the world.
I love the man’s singing voice, the way he performed on stage, how he was toward me as a music photographer and a fan of his music and the collection of photos I shot of him over the years. Starting in 1975 with Rainbow when I was 13 at Ronnie’s first US show at the Beacon Theater, then in Black Sabbath, Dio and finally in Heaven and Hell. I was at his final performance of H&H photographing the show at the House of Blues at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City in 2009. Personally, I can’t believe Dio has been gone for nearly ten years now. I’ve watched a lot of interviews with him throughout his career and at times he seems pretty angry and bitter. Especially when asked about Vivian Campbell or Ozzy Osbourne. Have you ever encountered him when he was in that kind of dark mood? I would have to say No. On the days I photographed him weather it be here in the tri-state area, Los Angeles, Canada or Europe, he was always in a good mood. Everyone has their moments, or are bitter about
something at some time I suppose. I actually met Ronnie James back in the late 80’s at the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, NJ when he was shopping before performing at the Meadowlands arena. He was super gracious and friendly which is why those “angry” interviews kind of bummed me out. Do you think I just caught him on a good day or did the interviewers catch him on a bad day? Wow, that is very cool that you met him down the road from where you lived. Same for me, I met him the first time backstage at the Meadowlands Arena (originally called the Brendan Byrne Arena) in 1984 and he was the same toward me. So we both had a good time while in his presence and you caught him on a good day. I think for an interviewer there will be tough questions to answer and being filmed you see all those emotions. What are some of your favorite pictures of Dio in your book and why are they special to you? I would have to say, the photos from the first time I photographed Ronnie in Rainbow at the Beacon Theater when he blew me away as a singer. Also- photos of him when he replaced Ozzy as the singer in Black Sabbath and performed at Madison Square Garden. I was at the Nassau Coliseum show in 1980 for the filming of the movie “Black and Blue” with Blue Oyster Cult opening. The fans around me were going nuts to be filmed and it became too hard to get any worthwhile photos. So unfortunately no photos from that show appear in the book. Another special moment would be in 1988 at the MTV Headbanger’s Ball studio in NYC when Ronnie hosted the show along with Ron Keel of the band KEEL. The photo session with the band in 2000 backstage at the Roseland Ballroom was also memorable. One of those photos made the cover of my book. My Radio City Music Hall show photos from 2007 were the photos that ended up on the cover, back cover and inside the Heaven and Hell “Live At Radio City Music Hall” DVD BY Eagle Rock Entertainment. You actually have a couple more books in the works, correct? Can you talk about them at all? Yes, I do Alan. All I can say is one of the books I am working on already came out last year with no press involved and sold many copies and I share the credits with another author/ photographer. Right now, we are in the process of revising his part of the book and there will be press on the book when it comes back out. The other book is from my time photographing Hip-Hop music but I do add some photos of R&B, Reggae and POP artists in the book. Where can people pick up your book “A Life In Vision”? To order a hard copy of my Dio book just click www.wymeruk. co.uk. Tap the Collector’s Items on the main page and then scroll down to see my Dio cover and order from there. It is 144 pages, with many photos plus 4 hard copy 8x12 photos suitable for framing. It’s in a black presentation box with silver lettering and costs 59 British pounds which is $75 USD. There is a special print run of 500 hardcover books with books still available for sale now at the publishers website. In Sept the book will be printed in soft cover, same size 8 1/2 x 12 and same page count, The book will sell on Amazon and will be available in book stores and certain music stores too. To contact Frank for music photos or to book a live shoot or photo session please contact him by email at: email@example.com
Who or what was the initial reason for putting this book about Ronnie James Dio together?
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As a kid growing up in New Milford and Bergenfield, NJ during the late 1960’s I gained an interest in photography from my mother whose love for the craft led her to a career as a studio photographer in NYC for department stores. This was during the 1940’s and 50’s right before I came along in 1962. My own interest in photography exploded when I was a kid and it ended up leading me down a path to become a very well known music photographer. My first concert photographing a band was Led Zeppelin on Feb 12, 1975. I took my mother’s Canon F-1 camera without telling her and told my parents I was down the street at a friend’s house. Instead, I ended up at Madison Square Garden for one of the best bands in the world at the time taking some rocking concert photos down in the front of the stage in the crowd. Remembering all the things she taught me the previous 6 years really helped out during my first time out “in the field”. Within a few years, I had quite a collection of concert photos, that I showed to several music magazines. One of them was Relix magazine in 1982 and I sold them my first photo of Jorma Kaukonen from Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane that I shot in Bergenfield in 1981 at The Circus rock club. That started a whirlwind of many more shots from concerts, photo sessions, backstage, record label parties and tours that ended up in magazines like Guitar World, Circus, Creem, Hit Parader, Kerrang! Rock Scene, Word Up! Metal Hammer, Faces, Rip and Thrasher. My work has appeared in over 100 music books, many other music magazines, albums, newspapers, cd’s, dvd’s, box sets, TV shows like Behind The Music, Metal Evolution, Netflix, and a few other outlets. I became a photo agent in 1986 selling music photos for other music photographers and started the Frank White Photo Agency. A few of the magazines I worked with published other magazines that I ended up doing photography for…As a result I became a wrestling photographer shooting WWF, WCW, ECW, XPW events for Wrestling World magazine. I also shot for biker magazines like Iron Horse, Outlaw Biker, In The Wind and Live To Ride in the late 1990’s into the 2000’s and did some celebrity photography too.
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Lorraine Sophia Levy-Duboys
I have been streaming video content for a few years now (versus having a cable or satellite account) and have found it super liberating to feel completely free of the networks and their (thankfully) diminishing mind control. No longer do I care when a show is on or even what shows are popular, let alone what the talking head newspeople tell me to think. I just think about what I am interested in and search for it through Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, etc… Sometimes that search proves fruitless but the other night it worked out just fine. I was in the mood for something related to the 70’s chopper scene but I was not looking for an Easy Rider knockoff movie. What I found was more like something shot on a home video camera but with a surprising amount of scenic riding shots and road trip moments. There was definitely a well-done artistic approach to this film and I connected immediately to the “real” riding aspect of it. Described as a simple poetic documentary film about the chopper life, Free To Wander was put together by motorcycle builder/artist Rich Grabbe. This was Rich’s first attempt at a film and although it is certainly an indie, low-budget production, I loved his approach. I’m not even a chopper rider but this film claims to “have a tone and spirit that all bikers can connect with.” It definitely does. Filmed entirely in the Midwest of America as well as New York City, Free To Wander is about old school choppers and the men who ride them long distances. Personally, I’ve ridden many 500+ mile days over the years but the riders in this 2013 flick were camping in tents and riding those miles without the benefits of hard luggage and forgiving, sport touring suspensions. Check out Free To Wander on Prime when you find yourself in the mood for something totally different. I think you will agree that it really puts you right there amidst these riders and their bohemian attitudes and experiences in a very unique way.
ALAN TECCHIO /alan.tecchio
A bare bones film to be sure, I found it to be an honest peek into the world of bikers who have just as much in common with sport touring riders like myself as they DO NOT. We share a love for the open road and a camaraderie with our riding buddies, but we choose to approach our like-minded passion in very different ways. Open your mind and seek out content like this even if you do not dig this particular film. In other words, feel “free to wander” the internet for cool moto-films, shows and content in general. It’s worth the exploration. A few months ago I featured fellow musician/rider/friend Scott Duboys in this column. Sadly, he recently lost his mom at 85 years of age. This picture of her was so cool I just had to give her props and a proper memorial send-off to Heaven in this column. Personally, I lost my mother to Cancer when I was seventeen so I have a special appreciation for when someone I know loses their mom. In tribute to Lorraine Sophia Levy-Duboys, I give you this awesome motormaidstyle photo of her on a 1949 Harley Davidson Springer back in the proverbial day. Lorraine ran law offices in Manhattan in the early 70’s, and used to tell the lawyers to just show up so they could sign all of the legal work that she actually put together on their behalf. She didn’t have a law degree, but she might as well have. She also ran an immigration law firm in NYC, when immigration was much different than it is nowadays. Additionally she was a court reporter for the Southern District of Manhattan and worked beside fellow court reporter, Harvey Keitel, who later became the famous actor. Just a couple of weeks before her passing, she was helping an elderly lady from a foreclosure, when she should’ve really been helping herself. But that’s what selfless people do. Damn, doesn’t the world need more folks like her these days?! Rest in peace Lorraine and please tell my mom hello for me. (Lorraine Sophia Levy-Duboys 5/29/1934 - 7-13-2019)
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BARTENDERS REVEAL THE DIRTIEST SECRETS ABOUT THEIR JOB Get the straight scoop from the mouths of real mixologists BY MARKHAM HEID & CASSIE SHORTSLEEVE
They Want You to Look Them in the Eyes Waving and shouting will only leave you looking like a jackass who can’t get service, shows a study of bartender behavior from Germany. If you want to get a server’s attention, stand as close to the bar as possible, square your shoulders at the bartender, and lock your eyes onto his.
This lets him know you’re ready to order, the research suggests. He probably has a lineup in his head based on when patrons stepped to the bar, and following these steps will add you to his mental queue, the study authors say. 4. Some Can Drink on the Job—So Buy Them a Shot
6. They Don’t Love Credit Cards Not many bartenders will complain if you pay with plastic, Young says, “but they definitely don’t appreciate having to run a credit card if you’re only paying for one round.” That’s doubly true if the bar is crowded, he adds. Because it takes time to enter a credit card into the bar’s computer, you should really only use a card if you’re paying a large tab or buying multiple rounds, he says.
7. They Know the Secret to Flirting Want to buy a drink for the cute girl at the end of the bar? Whether she’s alone or with friends, you’ll want to make a game out of your offer, says Young—who has seen plenty of flirting fails. Do this: Ask the bartender for a wine glass and a straw, and tell the woman and her friend you’ll buy them all a round if they can figure out two different ways to pick up the wineglass using only the straw. “You’re offering them a challenge, and at the same time focusing their attention on the game—not on whether or not to shoot you down,” Young explains. If your girl is alone, write a riddle on a napkin and have the bartender deliver it with the promise that you’ll buy her a drink if she can solve it. “Just be sure you buy her and her friends the drinks you offered either way,” Young recommends.
8. They’d Like a Bigger Tip, Please Young says a 20 percent tip is standard and expected for good service. But if you’re having a cheap can or a happyhour draft, you should really be leaving at least $2 per beer—regardless of its price. “Bartenders work on tips,” Young stresses. And a buck tip per beer isn’t going to pay the rent. Cash tipping is especially appreciated—even if you’re paying your tab with a credit card, Young says. If you want the best service, don’t wait until the end of the night to reward your bartender. “If you know you’re going to be drinking for a while, drop $20 on the bar when you start your tab,” Young suggests. “That way, I know upfront that you’re going to take care of me, and so I’ll take great care of you.” *This source asked to remain anonymous for this story.
5. They Tell Other Bars If You Behave Badly Know that watering hole where you had six too many, or the sports bar where you and your buddy bailed on the bill? Chances are, both joints have put you on a communal shit list. “When we’re bartending, we’re working—not drinking,” Hayley says. “If you choose to come back, it’s our decision to serve you or not. But we don’t just remember you. We tell other bars in town about you, too.”
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2. They Underserve You on Purpose You may not be crazy if you think your drink is a little weak. Hayley*, a bartender in the Boston area, says she dials down the alcohol in cocktails if it feels “necessary.” So what counts as necessary? “Slurred speech and poor motor skills are indicators that the guest has consumed too much and shouldn’t be served,” says April Wachtel, a mixologist and founder/CEO of Swig + Swallow, a cocktail batching and delivery service. In most states, if you leave a bar intoxicated and hit someone with your car, that person can sue the bartender, the establishment, or both, Wachtel says. But it isn’t always easy determining who’s drunk. “You don’t want to be wrong and deny service to someone who just had a bad day, is loud, or has an unusual pattern of speech,” says Wachtel. So some bartenders stall until they’re absolutely sure. Wachtel has seen staffers steer patrons away from highproof cocktails, dilute stronger drinks, and fill others’ glasses while deciding whether or not to keep serving a possibly plastered guest.
It depends on the country, the state, the city, and the municipality, Young says. “The laws vary everywhere.” But whether or not it’s legal, a bartender will always appreciate—and reward—your offer to buy him a drink. Just make it a shot. “Not many bartenders are going to be comfortable sipping a beer or a cocktail while they’re working,” Young says. But a shot provides a nice little buzz without pulling him away from his duties.
Ever order a gin and tonic, but think your bartender only heard ‘tonic’? Or maybe you’ve wondered if there’s a guaranteed way to get your drink quicker. We went behind the bar for secrets from insiders on how they pour your booze, what bugs them most, and how much you should really tip. 1. Ice Is Their Best Friend You probably like your cocktails cold. But most bartenders seem a little too generous with the extra ice cubes. Does that mean they’re trying to skimp on liquor? Probably not, explains Scott Young, author and founder of TheBartendingMasters.com. Young estimates he’s served roughly 900,000 drinks in his lifetime, and he says the ice in your glass doesn’t affect how much alcohol you’re served. “Most bars have predetermined liquor amounts for each drink. So whether you start with a lot of ice or a little, the same quantity of alcohol is going in your glass.” That said, bartenders are taught that ice is their best friend. The more of it in your glass, the longer it will take for your drink to become watered down, and the faster you’ll finish it, Young explains. That means you’ll be ready for a new one—or you’ll swallow your evening’s allotment and make way for a new drink—in less time.
WALLY BACKMAN has tough talk planned for embattled DWIGHT GOODEN From the New York Post By Mark Fischer
The usually chatty Wally Backman has no words. He just buries his face into his right hand. “I don’t even know what to say,” the former Met and now manager of the Independent League Long Island Ducks told The Post on Thursday at the team’s Central Islip stadium when asked his reaction to former Amazin’ teammate Dwight Gooden’s arrest Monday for driving under the influence after going the wrong way on a one-way street in Newark, NJ.
Gooden’s latest arrest in a decades-long struggle with drugs and alcohol came just a month after the 54-year-old former New York City pitching icon was pulled over for driving erratically in Holmdel, NJ. Officers said they found two baggies containing what they suspected was cocaine.
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“I want to say it’s a shame,” Backman said. “Obviously he hasn’t gotten the help that he needs, or the help that he’s gotten hasn’t done what everybody has hoped it would do. I’m not around him like some people are.
“Either there comes a time in your life, I’m not going to say it. It’s almost like you — I don’t know if grow up is the right word. It becomes a sense that things have got to change.” Watching his team take batting practice under a blazing sun in a small-town ballpark that will later draw about 5,000 fans on a picture-perfect summer night, Backman fires up a Marlboro Red cigarette. It will soon join the others at the bottom of a plastic water bottle. The bulky 60-year-old still looks like he can play second base, though his famous black mustache has filled out to a white goatee that matches his free-flowing hair of the same color. Backman, too, has had his own behavioral issues. In 2001, Backman was arrested after a domestic dispute with his second wife and for a DUI. When his past was revealed by the media years later, he lost his only major league managerial job four days after being hired by the Diamondbacks in 2004. Nearly two decades earlier, Backman, Gooden and the rest of the defending 1986 World Series champion Mets were in Florida on a bus from St. Petersburg to Bradenton when Mets’ officials
came onto the team bus. “They told us he had flunked the (drug) test. Well, I think before that ever happened that we knew. He was not hanging out with the right people,” said Backman. But still, he said, “We were devastated.” Gooden, then 22 and already one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, was supposed to start that day but instead ended up in the Smithers Alcoholism and Drug Treatment Center in uptown Manhattan, which treated several Mets including fellow star Darryl Strawberry and former catcher Mackey Sasser in the 1980s and 90s. Gooden was suspended the entire 1995 season for another failed drug test stemming from cocaine use, and though he returned in 1996 and showed flashes of stardom later on with the Yankees, his career once thought destined for Cooperstown never got back on track. “I know when he played, he was surrounded by some bad people,” Backman said. “That’s kind of where everything started. In Tampa, where he was raised… Obviously they’re not friends but they try to be friends. You want to be around a guy like that, but for the right reasons not the wrong reasons and they were all hanging out for the wrong reason. Doc was just a kid. A very young kid who came to fame fast. “I read something that his kids were kind of devastated,” he said. “That should be enough incentive to get the help. It’s a poison, I guess. It affects him, and I don’t know. I don’t get it. “It’s tough. He’s a (expletive) icon in New York. People still love him no matter what he does. I know Doc a long time, we’ve done appearances together. We did fantasy camp together.” These days, Backman sometimes speaks with Gooden on the phone and says he’ll confront the former ace pitcher about his behavior. He promised the conversation “will stay in the clubhouse. He just needs to get help.”
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It is scientifically proven that sex drive decreases with age! From day to day, you probably notice changes in your sex drive, brought on by everything from your cycle to a frustrating spat with your partner to exhaustion from working long hours. What you probably don’t detect so easily is the way your libido changes as you get older.
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It is scientifically proven to happen to both men and women’s libido is lowered with age and there are a host of factors that lead to this decline. Although you may not notice a dramatic difference in your libido as the calendar rolls past your 29th or 39th birthday, you will see a subtle change over time. Certain causes of this seem to be hormonal shifts, pregnancy, and increased family responsibilities, which tend to happen as you transition from your 20s to your 40s Many factors, while some are biological and some psychological, they all influence whether your sex drive is on full throttle or at a standstill at any age. Stress is known as the biggest sex killer. If you can’t get a hold of your stress level, everything else comes along with it. Anxiety and depression can also leave desire circling the drain. Frustratingly, many antidepressants that treat these conditions, as well as other medications, have the side effect of inhibiting sex drive too. Your feelings about your partner and your relationship can also affect desire. A strong relationship, and one that prioritizes sex, helps drive libido. Thankfully, I actually like my husband and look forward to sex with him...LOL! There are many people in unhappy relationships out there that do not feel the same. In fact they may not even want anything to do with their partners. This will leave a huge strain on your sexual relationship and pretty much kill your sex drive. Hormones are another biggie. As you get older and go through life changes, your hormones change and dip, which causes big changes. This all plays a role in desire, arousal and orgasm. Finally, your lifestyle has a ton to do with a healthy libido. Healthy habits, like eating a balanced diet, working out regularly, and getting enough rest, influence your mood as well as your overall health. As I just hit 42, I can tell you this all stands true. As much as I tell myself this will never happen to me, it’s hard to fight sometimes. I will vow to make sure that no matter how old I am I will not be that old married couple that never has sex! It happens more than you think, but that will not be me! Make sure you take these steps to not become a victim of a sexless marriage. Keep your libido up and the love alive. It will be beneficial in more ways than you know. Kisses,
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