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Immortal Yankee Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech given on July 4, 1939, at Yankee Stadium (now known as Lou Gehrig Day) is considered the most famous speech in baseball history. The speech came just after Gehrig had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive, fatal, neurogenerative disease that affects an estimated 20,000 Americans every year, according to the ALS Association. More than 62,000 fans witnessed Gehrig give his farewell speech. The full text of the speech follows: “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body - it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that’s the finest I know. So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.” In December 1939, Gehrig was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He died less than two years after giving his speech, on June 2, 1941, at age 37.

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You’ve held the WWF Championship title many times. But does a title really mean anything when the matches are predetermined? When a company like the WWF takes you and puts you in the position to win the championship title for an extended period of time, it’s because they feel it’s your time. It’s your run. It’s the absolute ultimate in our business. What it means is that this business is saying to you that you’re the top guy. You’re the guy who’s going to be headlining all the events, and we’re looking at you as the guy who’s going to sell out the arena. You’re the guy who’s going to sell the Pay-Per-View events. Whether the fans love you or hate you, the fact is people want to see you in that ring. It’s the WWF’s way of saying, “You’re the guy.” In other words, you make Vince McMahon more money than anybody else, hence you are the champion. Right. Being the WWF Champion is like an actor winning an Oscar. Yeah, it’s all scripted and planned out, but so are movies. But the best actor gets an Oscar. It’s the same type of thing in the WWF. Any interest in fighting for real? Like MMA for instance? Personally, I don’t find that entertaining. I’m an entertainer. I go to the ring to entertain people. I take people on an emotional roller coaster ride during my 45-minute match. That’s what I do. I don’t consider myself a fighter. I don’t consider what I do a tough-guy business. It looks pretty tough to me. I wouldn’t want to get body slammed any time soon.

Don’t get me wrong. What we do is very tough. Ken Shamrock was a former UFC fighting champion. He told me what we do is a lot harder than what he used to do. What he did was train and fight once every six months or so. What I do is every day. It’s a grind. The physicality of it is very real. But at the same time, we’re entertainers at heart. That’s what we do. I take it we’re not going to see you in any real Pay-PerView extreme fights anytime soon? No. If somebody wants to do it strictly for entertainment, that’s different. But I wouldn’t do it for real. How do you feel about the growing trend of teens who put on their own version of wrestling matches in their backyards? I’m down on that. What kids need to understand is that we’re trained professionals. We’re like stuntmen, in a way. We’re specifically trained on how to do this. And even though we’re trained to do it, there are still risks involved. We had guys paralyzed and even die. There are very serious injuries that can occur doing what we do. I mean, I know every kid likes to wrestle with his buddies, and he does what he sees on TV and he pretends. To me, that’s fine. But when you go out there and you’re actually trying to emulate what we do and you start using chairs and things like that and create a product like we put out, you’re running a serious risk of injury. They just shouldn’t do that. Many have accused wrestlers of taking steroids to achieve otherwise impossible muscle mass. Have you


I don’t condone its use. But I understand its place. I don’t have a problem with people who take steroids. It’s a great medicine for people who need it, and it has a place in the world just like any other medication. If a doctor feels that’s what you need to improve your health or life and puts you on it, then that’s great. However, if you take it without a prescription, then it’s just a drug like any other drug, and you shouldn’t take it. It should only be given by a doctor. Joanie Laurer, formerly known to WWF fans as Chyna, has been talking to the press about your relationship with her and the ugly breakup. Does it bother you that she’s been so public about it? No. If that’s what she wants to do, that’s her business. We had a relationship and things didn’t work out. That’s life. As far as I’m concerned, it’s in my past. What’s past is past. I don’t bring it up in interviews unless I’m asked about it. But if she wants to talk about it to the press, that’s her decision. It doesn’t bother me.

negativity surround you, but it also meant I was doing my job well. One would assume you’re afraid of nothing. Would that assumption be correct?

Anybody who says that they’re not afraid of something is lying to you. Everybody is afraid of something. What’s your fear?

My biggest fear is what happened to me this past year, when I got injured. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to continue my career. And after the injury, I had fears about my leg not holding up after my comeback. Everybody has fears that they go through daily. However, there’s nothing in my mind at this minute where I can give you an example of something I don’t do because I’m afraid of it. I think you just have to live your life and face your fears. Steve Austin?

One of the greatest wrestlers of all time. The Rock?

It’s no big secret that you’re currently involved with Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie. How’s that relationship going?

Magnificent entertainer. Hulk Hogan? The Babe Ruth of wrestling.

Very well.

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How difficult is it dating the boss’ daughter? It was a little weird at first. But my business and my personal life are two separate things. Stephanie and I keep the two worlds separate. It’s been that way since the beginning, and we’re going to keep it that way.

Unpolished stone. Terry Taylor once said in an interview that if he could pick the last person who he could wrestle to end his career, it would be you, because you are what the WWF is all about. He goes on to say that you embody the spirit of what is the WWF. Would you grant him his wish?

(Laughs) I doubt that will ever happen! Have you ever checked out www. tripleH.com? No, I never have. It’s a textile Web site. Do you have any interest in getting the site for yourself? Nah, not really. We actually have our own WWF Web sites. That’s good enough for me.

Finally, if you could kick someone’s ass outside of the ring, whose ass would you want to kick?

What’s the worst thing anyone’s ever said to you outside of the ring? I don’t think you could print it. For such a long time in this business, I was the ultimate bad guy. I was the guy everybody just loved to hate. If I say so myself, I was very good at getting under people’s skin and making them hate me. That’s just what I did. When you antagonize people to hate you, you have to expect to be hated back. So I dealt with that a lot, both privately and professionally. In once sense, you hate to have too much

Mike Tyson. Do you think he’s insane? I think he’s misunderstood. I’m not saying he hasn’t done a lot of things wrong, but I think that when you’re in the position that he’s in, that everything you do is extremely scrutinized. I just think he’s a very misunderstood person. What would you do if he bit your ear off? I’d bite his off.

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I’ve never heard that quote, but I appreciate you telling me, that because I respect Terry greatly. He’s a great friend of mine and I think he’s one of the great minds of our business. An untapped mind, sometimes. If Terry ever decides to have his last match and wants to have it with me, it would be my honor to have it with him. I owe Terry a lot. He taught me the psychology behind this business.

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IT’S A GIVEN That we talk slower to people who don’t speak English because we think it helps them understand!

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TOP 10 SPOKEN LANGUAGES While we’re on the subject of languages and after a few drinks and some research, I decided to do some digging and find what languages are widely used around the world. Compiling a list of the top 10 languages spoken around the world by population status was actually extremely surprising to me. Keep in mind that there are very close similarities between dialect and language.

1. English (duh) 1.132 billion 2. Mandarin 1.116 billion 3. Hindi (Central) 615.4 million 4. Spanish 534.3 million 5. French 279.8 million 6. Standard Arabic  273.6 million 7. Bengali (what?) 265.0 million 8. Russian (Slavic) 258.2 million 9. Portuguese 234.1 million 10. Indonesian 198.7 million Where are all the Armenians... oh wait that’s right GENOCIDE!


British-American bombshell Lucy Diana Boynton born 1994 in NYC and raised in London, daughter of Graham Boynton is an actress we’ve really fallen in love with after seeing Bohemian Rhapsody. She made her film debut as the young Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter (2006). She went on to feature in the films such as Copperhead (2013),Sing Street (2016),Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Apostle (2018). But playing the role of Mary in Queens movie was where she really became inspirational for many other actresses and actually some women in real life as well, given her situation in the movie. Lucy has been playing roles in TV series in London since 2007 till current 2019. But Bohemian Rhapsody earned her a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards. If you haven’t seen any of her films, get out of your parents basement and get involved!

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Remember your first concert, I don’t! It was a time your parents felt you were responsible enough to go with friends and be home at a decent time after a night of precious entertainment. Well that was bullshit for most of us. Your very first concert was a time you screamed of excitement in the same tone as if a piece of seaweed touched your toe and you thought it was a shark. You got home so late and puked your brains out from sharing a bottle of JD! But after your first lesson you start to pick up a grove to be socially cool enough to hang. I sit and try to reminisce of the hundreds of shows that I’ve seen and been part of as well! There are magical, goose bump moments you’ll never forget. Here is a list composed of the top 5 biggest concerts on record. I feel the research could be argued by some, I felt Live Aid should have been in the line up but that was not under one roof. I was just as surprised as you will be!  (In chronological)

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Love Parade, 2008 – 1.6 million Germany’s Love Parade festival was famous for attracting huge crowds, and in 2008 it was bigger than ever, with around 1.6 million partygoers joining the festivities in Dortmund. The world’s top DJs helped transform the city into the biggest free party Germany had ever seen. 1

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The Rolling Stones, 2006 – 1.5 million The Rolling Stones’ 2006 performance on Copacabana beach in Rio, the name of the tour, ‘A Bigger Bang’. An audience of 1.5 million watched the rockers perform hits including Satisfaction and It’s Only Rock n Roll from a stage the height of a seven story building.

3. Jean Michel Jarre, 1997-3.5 million

The king of big gigs is undoubtedly Jean Michel Jarre, performing a grand total of four concerts with an audience of over a million people each. Back in 1979 he set the world record for the biggest gig ever. His performance in Paris attracted a million fans. He then went on to break his own record twice. 1.5 million. In Houston in 1986, 2.5 million in Paris in 1990, and an astonishing 3.5 million in Moscow in 1997, equalizing Rod Stewart’s world record. No concert since has matched up to that scale, but who knows what’s to come.

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Music legend Rod Stewart holds the current world record for the biggest gig of all time — in 1994, he also performed on Copacabana Beach to a staggering 3.5 million people celebrating New Year’s Eve. Although 99% of the crowd probably couldn’t see a thing, being part of the world’s biggest concert at New Year must have made for a pretty amazing atmosphere and a night the gig-goers will never forget. Who would have thought?

5. Monsters of Rock, 1991 – 1.6 million 5

There have been countless large-scale rock festivals throughout history, but none bigger than the Soviet Union’s one-off edition of Monsters of Rock. In 1991, the combination of Metallica, AC/DC , The Black Crowes and many more attracted 1.6 million rockers to Moscow. Monsters of Rock also took place around the same time in NJ as well.

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Origin: San Diego, CA, USA Beer type: Red Ale Price: $6.99 for 22 oz ABV: 6.66% Brewed by: Alesmith Brewing Company

This seasonal ale, which boasts a sinister 6.66 percent ABV, pours blood red. Since this beer comes from AleSmith, one of San Diego’s top breweries, the taste is pleasantly balanced, with caramel malts taming the citrusy hops. AleSmith recommends pairing the beer with toffee, caramel apples, or your favorite horror flick.

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The images of brown leaves, sepia-toned packaging and “After Rakin’” tagline on the label present this beer as a great choice for fall afternoons in the backyard. The ale has characteristics of both a Märzen and a stout, with the nutty malt and subtle sweetness of an Oktoberfest-style bolstered by nuances of roasted grain, dark fruits and a hint of chocolate.

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Breckenridge Autumn Ale is inspired by brewmaster Todd Usry’s memories of autumn in his childhood home of Virginia.

While trolls are thought to be not-sonice creatures, these kindly bring us a beer from the historical Brasserie Dubuisson. Brasserie Dubuisson has been in operation since 1769 — longer than most Trappist breweries and before Belgium became a country. Brewed since 2000, this strong Belgian ale is a balance of bitter and sweet, derived from the use of dried orange peel and natural sugar. Blond malts give it a deep golden hue, and extra carbonation results in a creamy finish.

Breckenridge Autumn Ale Origin: Littleton, CO, USA Beer type: Brown Ale Price: $7.99 for six-pack 12 oz ABV: 6% Brewed by: Breckenridge Brewery

Brouwerij Van Steenberge Monk’s Cafe Origin: Belgium Beer type: Red Ale Price: $15.99 for 330 ml ABV: 5.5% Brewed by: Brouwerij Van Steenberge

Belgian Brouwerij Van Steenberge produces this sour ale specifically for Philadelphia’s iconic Monk’s Café. Although it’s a Philly production, we’re thankful that Brouwerij Van Steenberge Monk’s Cafe can also be purchased elsewhere. A traditional blend of young and old beers, Monk’s Café dishes out a sour aroma laced with tart cherry, raspberry and malt, with a dark red appearance and hints of caramel. This 5.5 percent ABV Flemish Sour Red Ale registers lower on the sour scale than other beers in the genre, making it an excellent introduction for novice drinkers. (But if you like to pucker up, check out our guide to the best sour beers.)

The Bruery Autumn Maple Origin: Placentia, CA, USA Beer type: Brown Ale Price: $12.99 for 750 ml ABV: 10% Brewed by: The Bruery

The Bruery in Orange County, California, has its own take on the pumpkin beer. Autumn Maple is a conglomeration of yams, maple syrup, allspice, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and its own traditional Belgian yeast strain. The result is a bold, spicy, Belgian-style brown ale logging in at 10 percent ABV, with robust flavors that are more than a match for a chilly autumn evening.

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Origin: Grand Rapids, MI, USA Beer type: Stout Price: $11.49 for four-pack 12 oz ABV: 8.3% Brewed by: Founders Brewing Co.

the first new fruited lambic in over a decade – and it was developed specifically for the U.S. market. It’s also apropos that strawberries were once widely grown in the Senne Valley, which is where Lindemans is located and the only region where lambic can be produced.

Brewed with barley, unmalted wheat, strawberry juice, Beer for breakfast? If ever you were aged hops, sugar and stevia, the complex sweetness of to attempt that fraternity-style feat, the strawberry matches well with the natural sourness Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing of the lambic derived from the wild airborne yeast. This beer offers a unique balance of sweet and sour that Co. would be a fitting choice. goes well with fall’s warmer meals and cooler months. The Michigan-based craft brewery sweetens a toasty Imperial stout base with two chocolate varieties: Gibraltar milk chocolate chunks and bittersweet Sam Adams Harvest Hefe Orinoco. Two types of coffee beans, along with Nugget Origin: Boston, MA, USA and Willamette hops, help to temper the sweetness. Beer type: Hefeweizen Flaked oats fill out the beer’s body, which includes a Price: $7.99 for six-pack 12 oz frothy tan head. Bonus: A caffeine kick from the coffee ABV: 5.4% infusion means this beer is truly multipurpose and a Brewed by: Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) great find for fall. Although hefeweizens are traditionally enjoyed during warmer weather, this Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale one is a light and effervescent pick-meOrigin: Wilmington, DE, USA up with flavors fit for the cooler days of fall. Beer type: Pumpkin Ale Price: $16.75 for four-pack 16 oz ABV: 5.5% Brewed by: Iron Hill Brewery

While many breweries use actual pumpkin in their fall beers, Iron Hill prefers to stick with pumpkin pie spices, and vanilla instead of flavoring hops.

Lindemans Strawberry Lambic

Though you might not think of strawberries as a fall fruit, this lambic proves to be a good brew for the season. Lindemans is the top-selling lambic brand in America and Belgium’s largest independent lambic brewery. So it’s fitting that this latest addition to its fruit beer line is

Southern Tier Pumking Origin: Lakewood, NY, USA Beer type: Pumpkin Ale Price: $6.99 for 22 oz ABV: 8.6% Brewed by: Southern Tier Brewing Company

Southern Tier, an upstate New York powerhouse, honors All Hallows’ Eve with a beer bearing an insidious logo. A scowling, snaggle-toothed jack-o’-lantern appears on the packaging, but don’t fear, since this copper-colored ale pats your palate with velvet gloves. Pumking smells like a pumpkin pie, and would pair well with an actual pie at either Halloween or Thanksgiving. A well-balanced blend of hops and malt help mask the power of this beer, which weighs in at 8.6 percent ABV.

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Origin: Vlezenbeek, Belgium Beer type: Lambic Fruit Price: $11 for 750 ml ABV: 4.1% Brewed by: Brouwerij Lindemans

Fall is synonymous with harvest season and, of course, pumpkins. While this Sam Adams Harvest Hefe isn’t a pumpkin beer, it does contain some of the spices you would find in one: namely, cinnamon and nutmeg. Thankfully, they’re palpable but not overwhelming, allowing the traditional Bavarian Hefe yeast to bring forth its banana and clove notes. Malt varieties of tworow pale and white wheat provide a deep golden color and Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Spalt Spalter Noble hops provide just enough balance to prevent this traditional hefe from being overly sweet.

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The spices are quite evident in the aroma of Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale and its orange hue will make you think of autumn’s most famous squash. Upon sipping, the spices blend nicely with a moderate malty sweetness that doesn’t overwhelm. The enjoyment continues in the aftertaste, which allows for a dry finish. Available during the fall season, this pumpkin ale is a fan favorite at Iron Hill’s 12 locations throughout the mid-Atlantic.

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Kicking Off Fall with

in Fairfield By Amanda-Kathryn (aka RamblesofRed)

It’s September whether we like it or not. I don’t know about you all, but the summer went way too fast for me and I’m not ready to head back to school. In order to make the upcoming semester more tolerable, I’ve found that seeking outlets on the weekend with my friends is essential, and a great way to get my mind off when my next paper is due. Now I have my choice, will it be dancing, hiking, or…should I just head to the sports bar around the corner to watch some football? Well, I’m guilty, NFL preseason got me hooked (no I will never tell my team colors)! Now my next question, with all the options New Jersey has to offer, what sports bar not only has ample big screens, but a food menu which goes beyond the rest? The answer: Sidelines Bar and Grill in Fairfield, NJ. Coming from Newark, traffic was not that horrible and at most a 30 minute car ride without it. Sorry bus travelers, you won’t be finding a reliable commute here. You can opt for an Uber or Lyft, and if you are planning on drinking with your friends, I highly recommend it. Just don’t get lost! If you have never been to Sidelines before, it can be a tad difficult to spot, in fact, you might do what I did and end up on the wrong side of the building…whoops. Once you get there, you’ll notice it is right on the other side of a corporate building, but very easy to spot. You’ll instantly see the big screens through its many windows, and the Sidelines entrance will be there to greet you with two open doors. Once you enter, take a seat at the pool table to your right, or just grab a seat at the bar. There’s ample room, and more than enough big screens to amp you all up for football this season. Now let’s get to the important stuff: food and drinks! To start, I decided to try the house favorite Sidelines Punch. If you are looking for something refreshing and flavorful with a bit of kick, this drink is for you! I will never reveal house secrets on what goes into this delicious blend, but if you are looking to keep the summer alive this fall season, this should be a staple for any food order you make. Careful though… this drink may seem sweet and innocent, but it will sneak up


Sidelines Bar and Grill’s menu is a combination of fresh-toorder food selections perfect for those looking for a quick bite, or even the ravenous up all night college student. Appetizers range from Pierogies, Quesadillas, and much more. My favorite? The Mozzarella Balls. Hey mozzarella sticks fans, sometimes you just need a change, right? This will be your new favorite, and cheese fans you will be gushing at how perfectly this garlic bread crumb encrusted Mozzarella melts in your mouth. I wish I could have ordered 3 more…future goals. If you are bacon fan looking to expand your taste buds, try the Stadium Chips! A spin on potato skins, this Sidelines dish combines potato chips, homemade roasted jalapeño and cheddar cheese sauce, topped with crumbled bacon, and truffle oil baked to perfection before reaching your plate. The flavors were robust, each bringing something to the table. It was the ideal blend of crunchy goodness, and a small but satisfying treat that will keep you coming back for more. If you’re a burger fan, they have six 8oz selections to choose from, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t try the Sidelines Crowd Pleaser. It combines cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle chips topped with Sideline’s secret sauce (Yum!) Hey veggies, I didn’t forget about you. If a burger isn’t your speed you can always order one of Sidelines five salad selections, or just create your own! If you’re a fish fan try the shrimp wrap or shrimp tacos. You can keep it healthy or just take away one of their sandwiches or specialty fries. The list goes on and on, but believe me, each item will keep your stomach happy the whole night through.

A five year business, Sidelines Bar and Grill brings an eclectic fresh menu, delicious drinks, and customer service well beyond the typical sports bar you’ve come to expect. Make it a priority to try one of their Brisket Sandwiches and come down for all your sports viewing needs this fall season. Don’t forget to follow the Sidelines website, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up-to-date on all upcoming events this season. Thank you for the awesome time, Sidelines staff! Until then, cheers and happy eating to you all!

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I implore you! Try the Sidelines Brisket Sandwich today, tomorrow, whenever you can. This will be the fall food item of the season and you don’t want to miss it.

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Now I had to save the best for last ...And that was the Sidelines Brisket Sandwich. Oh my gosh! Can I say I’ve died and gone to heaven? This sandwich was so good, I can’t even put it into words…but for the sake of this article I’m going to have to try. Now I have tried many bar staples and sandwiches in my travels, but this was just too good. The brisket was cooked impeccably in its seasonal sauce, and the soft bun and cheese was not overbearing making it seem like more than just a bar selection…but something you would expect from a 4 star restaurant. I was in awe, and I know at first bite, you will be too! So my fellow bar flies,

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FALL FASHION FAVORITES

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Always On Point Suit Set in Black www.fashionnova.com I $59.99 Jewel Tones New Look Coat in Fluffy Faux Fur www.asos.com I $70

Faux leather Pieces Brown Faux Leather Belted Shirt Dress www.missguidedus.com I $68

Fur Faux Coat by Halogen shop.nordstrom.com I $149

Plaid Jackets and Blazers ASOS Design longline check blazer www.asos.com I $87

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Long sleeved dresses Ivy Dress in Green by Lovers and Friends www.revolve.com I $169


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FOR FALL 1. Get Layered

Cool weather means coats, jackets, and sweaters — some of the time! Temperatures are going to be spiking and dipping for a month or two, so plan on a layered look that puts thicker top layers over light, breathable underlayers. This is both practical and stylish. Showing multiple visible layers makes you visually “busy” — and therefore eye-catching — and it also gives you a way to regulate you temperature, by adding or shedding layers. Stock your closet with a good mix of short- and long-sleeved T-shirts, lightweight collared shirts, heavier fleeces and flannels, sweaters of varying thickness, and of course the time-honored sports jacket.

2. Think Solid Colors Hand in hand with that layered look comes the time of year for muted, solid colors. It’s not an absolute rule. But fall looks tend to be heavy on solid earth tones, dark shades of colors like green and orange, and other simple, solid schemes. Part of that’s seasonal — fall makes us think of the outdoors, changing leaves, harvest vegetables, and so forth. Another part is practical — if you’re going to be showing several layers at once, it’s better that they be simple. So keep the colors varied, but keep them mostly solid. Once you’re wearing three or four pieces at once, the overlap between them creates plenty of pattern on its own. metnights.com

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3. Wear Textured Fabrics A good way to keep your look interesting but easy on the eyes: wear solid colors in textured fabrics. Corduroy, tweed, woolen knits, and even velvet or suede all give you a nice, autumnal feel. They work well in dark solids or in lighter grays and other muted shades. As an added bonus, most of the most common fabrics with a visible texture to them are on the thicker side of things. You can expect them to keep you warm on a cool day without having to throw an overcoat on top of everything.

4. Sweaters & Sports Jackets

If we were picking out iconic autumn garments, these would be two of the champions. The traditional sports jacket doesn’t need updating here — stick to a classic, earth-tone tweed or corduroy with big flap pockets and even elbow patches if you want them, and you’ll look right at home on any leaf-lined boulevard you choose. Lightweight sweaters give you a more casual look, and can be layered with sports jackets or blazers for the coolest fall days. If you’ve got two or three each of good sweaters and good sports jackets, you’re in good shape for the fall.


5. Break Out the Boots Trade in summer sandals and light lace-ups for sturdy boots. Light boots like chukkas or brogue dress boots are an excellent meeting-place between style and practicality, especially on days when the weather turns wet. You’ll want slightly higher socks to go with any high-ankled boots, so make sure you’ve got a couple pairs. Wool/synthetic blends in plain, dark tones work well — try to match them to your trousers when you can, though the boots will probably hide them if you can’t quite manage it.

6. Expand Your Light Coat Selection The winter parka will come out eventually, but until you see the snow falling, keep to lighter coats. A good jean or corduroy jacket, a peacoat, or a plaid “lumberjack” coat are all good medium-weight options for when a sweater on its own isn’t enough, but a heavy overcoat would be too much. For most of the fall you won’t need a coat with your suits and sturdy sports jackets — those should be warm enough on their own. But once it starts getting chilly, or if you’re going to all-day outdoor events in your nice suits, a longer wool overcoat will be a worthwhile addition as well. A classic Chesterfield or polo coat are both warm and stylish, or for the more aggressively informal there’s always the trusty trenchcoat. Just make sure whatever you select is longer than the hem of any jackets you wear it over. A suit jacket poking out from under a coat at the bottom hem looks silly.

7. Trade Cotton Slacks for Wool The upper body is easy to layer as much as you need, but there’s a limited amount you can do to warm your legs. One way to keep the lower body comfy in the cooler months is to switch to wool slacks. Even a lightweight wool will hold some head, and stouter weaves are like a sweater for your lower body. As an added bonus, wool slacks often come in both the muted dark colors and the textured weaves we’ve already recommended, making them natural fits for your fall wardrobe overall.

8. Upgrade Your Underwear

If you’ve got a pair of very light, breathable wool slacks that you’re fond of, for example, slip a pair of insulated long johns underneath when the weather gets cold. You’ll be able to keep wearing the pants, and you’ll get the warmth of both the outer layer of wool and the insulating underlayer protecting you from wind and cold air.

9. Own at Least One Nice Cardigan Doesn’t matter how old you are; doesn’t matter what you’ve heard about them. Have one big, thick, slightly oversized cardigan that you can just bury yourself into when you want. That’s your go-to piece for nights by the bonfire, tailgating parties, and anywhere else you’re going to be sitting still in cold weather for a long period of time. Go big, soft, and thick on this one. Either buttons or a zipper are fine. Make sure the fit is right in the shoulders (the top of the seam where the sleeve meets the shoulder shouldn’t be drooping down your bicep), but don’t worry if it’s a little loose in the torso. You’ll be wearing it over other clothes anyway. It’s like having a blanket that you wear, but you look like a stylish gent instead of the guy off the Snuggies box. And yeah, plenty of macho men have worn them, from Steve McQueen to John Wayne to Daniel Craig.

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Sporting goods and farm supply stores tend to have a better selection of insulated undergarments than most department stores — don’t be ashamed to shop at a Cabella’s or a Farm & Fleet when you want a nice underlayer. No one’s going to be seeing it, and it’ll help you keep the pretty, lightweight layers that you do want people to see in service for more of the year.

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Let’s Talk Brunch with

in Hawthorne By Amanda-Kathryn (aka RamblesofRed)

What could be better than Sunday brunch with the girls, or even a little brunch with family? A little mimosa, lots of food… it’s a great way to catch up, get your belly full, and enjoy a relaxing day before heading back to work or class on Monday. To me, Sunday brunch has it all, and for those of you who haven’t heard, it has quickly become a staple for bars and restaurants near and far. Now for those of you who brunch, but are looking for a little something extra, have you heard about Bottagra Brunch? I had a chance to sit down with Robert Vicari, co-owner of Bottagra in Hawthorne to talk about this monthly event staple, which combines both a unique dining and nightlife experience all rolled into one! AK: Tell me a little history about Bottagra, how did you get started? RV: Bottagra was established in 2008 by 2 partners, myself and Carlo Carbonaro. We are a pair of chefs that joined forces to create a unique, innovative menu. Bottagra seats 300 people, and this hip Italian eatery is set in a historic revolutionary warera house on Wagaraw Road in Hawthorne New Jersey. AK: What made you start Bottagra Brunch? RV: New Jersey needed a place where people can get dressed up in red-carpet worthy attire, and enjoy a daytime brunch with good food, entertainment, and music on a Sunday. So we teamed up with Erock Entertainment to bring you and other brunch lovers this event. AK: What distinguishes Bottagra Brunch from other establishments? RV: We are the one, and only venue in New Jersey with a split personality. What I mean is once a month we can host a Bacchanalian fest, and the rest of the month it’s a classic Italian Restaurant. AK: What makes the Bottagra Brunch, the food,


RV: The menu is very creative and has something for everyone. From your classic house made chocolate chip cookies served with milk (cookies & milk), to a delicate french toast with fresh berries and whip cream, steak and eggs, to house made grilled pizzas. If you are looking to pair your Dom Perignon, oysters are served with Champagne Mignonette. Bottle service parades are also carefully orchestrated to what request the guest wants. For example, if we know the guest loves Superman, we dress up in the parade as Superman. AK: What are your current favorite food and drink brunch menu items? RV: Food item on the brunch side? House made French toast, whip cream, fresh berries. On the drink side, Bottagra Sangria which we sell by the gallon at brunch in large table top beverage dispensers. AK: Are there going to be any fall menu changes for brunch? RV: Bottagra runs seasonal specials through out the year. AK: Do you need a reservation to attend brunch? Can one book a large group to attend? RV: Brunch reservations are highly recommended, as we sell out one month in advance. We accept reservations for parties of 8-12 that come with a minimum in the main dining room. We also accept walk Ins at the door. We have 2 side rooms where we accept reservations for smaller parties, and large parties are always welcome.

RV: For this upcoming season always expect the same level of service, food, and ambiance. We also have some special guest djs in store for the season.

RV: Being in business for 10+ years now, Bottagra has become a household name. We will continue to provide you the highest level of hospitality for every occasion, whether it’s a private event, off facility catering, Sunday champagne brunch, or just Saturday night à la carte dinner service. If you are looking to combine both good eats and nightlife fun, don’t miss out on Bottagra Restaurant’s upcoming Brunch located in Hawthorne New Jersey! It celebrates Season 10, their 10 year anniversary, on October 13th; this event is booking fast! Call today to reserve your table, and keep checking in on Bottagra’s website, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up-to-date on future dates and information. I can’t wait to see what they have in store, I know you can’t either! Until then, thanks for the brunch hookup Bottagra! Cheers and happy eating to you all.

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AK: What future endeavors should we be on the look out for Bottagra as a whole?

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AK: What can we expect for the upcoming season for Bottagra Brunch?

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BY CHAUNCE HAYDEN

The hit series “Total Divas,” is back with new and returning fan-favorite WWE Superstars ready to face their fears, rise to new challenges and live their lives on their own terms as the new season premieres on E! Wednesday, October 2 at 10 PM ET/PT.  WWE Superstar, Olympic Medalist and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey joins Natalya, Naomi and Nia Jax for the new season, which also includes returning cast member Carmella, and newcomer Sonya Deville. Nikki Bella and Brie Bella will make guest appearances in the series as well.   “Total Divas” kicks off showcasing another side of Ronda Rousey, as she gushes about her MMA fighter husband Travis Browne, enjoying her time in WWE and working on her ranch, Browsey Acres.  We recently sat down for a rare chat with Rhonda.


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You recently were inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. What was that night like for you? It was kind of surreal in a way. A lot of those nights I just want to do a good job and than enjoy it afterward. It was just really, really cool seeing everybody again. It was a moment for me to talk to the people I normally don’t get to speak to personally. You’re career has had many highs and lows. Currently you’re on a high as the female face of the WWE. But it was Dana White you made you a super star. How would you describe your relationship with him today?

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What about MMA? Do you watch it? I have so many friends in MMA that I can’t watch it because I don’t like seeing my friends get into fights. I just want to relax at home. Tell me how it went afterwards. I hope it goes well, but it’s too stressful for me to watch because I’m too emotionally attached. Do you understand? What about the WWE?

Dana will always be one of my best friends. I love him so much. I will never, ever forget that he believed in me when nobody else did. His belief changed my life. I don’t want to get into history, but I also feel like he’s somebody I can relate to alot. He understands my view point and I feel like I can relate to him. I can talk to him about things nobody else could understand and different situations that I’m in. He’s just been a great friend and not just a boss. We have moved on from just a boss relationship and we are bonded by more than just the UFC. You changed the face of the UFC. Do you allow yourself to think about that?

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out on the mat and I think, “What the fuck are you doing!” These days I do just the little bit of judo and I’m like, “This shit is dangerous!” I feel like I’m going to tear a joint out any second. The rules have changed so much with judo that I can’t even watch it.

Yeah, I’ve had time to self reflection and things like that. I want my legacy to be a force for good and mankind is better off because I fucking existed. I don’t need people to know that, I just need to know I had that effect. That’s the most rewarding thing for me. You see things that I don’t get credit for, but it’s happening and it makes me so happy. Like I was driving past some shopping center and I saw a Victoria Secret model in a sports bra and hand wraps covered in sweat in a sports bar and I thought, “I FUCKING DID THAT!” I don’t need anyone else to scream from the mountain tops and say how much I changed the culture, but I also don’t need to censor myself and worry about people hating on me. I don’t mind giving myself some credit. Fuck you guys! I’m proud of myself. That’s some awesome shit! I really enjoy the effect that I’ve had and I can’t wait to see my daughters enjoy that effect. You’re number one fighting skill was judo. Do you still practice judo? (Laughs) No. I see people in their 40s and 50s and their still

Well that’s different. I feel like I have to keep up and know what’s going on. I’ll actually leave the room to watch Smackdown. I just love watching wrestling. I love anything narrated by David Attenborough. You never made it a secret that you loved wrestling even as a kid. When you began to do it as a career did you expect to love it that much? No. Not at all. We were planning on having kids. So we made a list of things I wanted to fucking do before we started to have kids and the WWE was always something I thought would be cool to do. I didn’t think I could become great at it, but it was something I could do for a few months. Little did I know how it would completely snowball within a year. It’s like learning how to swim for the first time and the very next year you’re swimming in the Olympics. I was thrown in the deep end, but I fell in love with it and with every single person involved in it. I feel like I found many life long friends. It was supposed to be a small detour but it became my whole life.  Is it still on your short term plans? (Laughs) They say that nobody retires. So we’ll see. I mean I’m still pulling pieces of glass out of my leg from the other day when I kicked out some glass during a Wrestlemania performance. I kicked out a window backstage. It was supposed to be a sugar glass window but they weren’t able to fit it in the frame, so I said, “I’ll kick out the real fucking window!”. So I did and my heel slipped and the glass went right into my leg! So I’ve been sitting at home pulling glass out of my leg. Yeah, who says wrestling is fake? (Laughs) Yes we script everything, so it’s not so stressful. But that also makes it easier to endure more. Sure I can do Wrestlemania with 14 stitches in my leg. That’s fine. I’ll take them out after.


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How would you compare fighting in the UFC where it’s not scripted to fighting in the WWE where it is scripted?

while looking at her. I love her! Tell me about the joys of success and money.

The WWE is physical in a different way. The stress from real fighting is much greater. Someone could walk into the room right now and I would beat the fuck out of them. I could beat the fuck out of anyone on this planet. But it’s the training camp, the diet and going to sleep each night thinking about it. That’s the real wear and tear of MMA fighting. It’s not so much the physical part of it. You give yourself a month to recover from a real flight. It’s a peaking system of reaching a peak and crashing. With WWE it’s just a grind and it’s non stop. I did the easy version. Everyone else does 300 days a year. In the WWE our bodies don’t get to rest as much as MMA, but our minds get to rest much more. There’s no pressure. I’m older now and I don’t want to be that stress anymore.

The only thing success and money get you are that you get to choose how to spend your time and who you spend it with. That’s really it. There are times I want to get on the road and do what I’m good at and other times I just want to lay in bed and play video games. I’m a fucking adult who worked her ass off to be able to lay in bed and play Pokeman and that’s really empowering for me. So the cool thing for me is I get to play things by ear and do only the things that I want to do and whenever I want to do it. You mentioned you want to have a baby. Well? Every single person I speak to says, “So when are you going to have a baby?” Well?

Wrestlemania. Tell me about it.

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When I first came onboard the WWE I thought I would do it for a few months. I just wanted to do my storyline with Stephanie [McMahon]. I love Stephanie so much! I love all the girls so much! Every aspect of it was such a great experience. Triple H even taught me how to lace my boots. How can I not succeed in this sport when I have all the best people around me and supporting me. I would be ashamed of myself if I couldn’t succeed and meet every expectation.

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And so you decided you could succeed to the point of headlining Wrestlemania. How great is that? It really was huge for me. It felt big. It felt like all the stars were alined for us to succeed. So many things had to happen for it to be a success. 80,000 people watching and millions around the world. I had not not only do well, but I had to do well in a big and entertaining way. The stakes were high. But with MMA even though the venue is smaller the stakes are even higher.

We’re trying! It’s such a positive time our lives. What a great time to bring a new life into this world. I think I’ll test myself tomorrow and surprise Travis the second he walks in the door. I wouldn’t be able to hold it in. How did you meet your husband and MMA fighter Travis Brownie? We worked out in the same gym for a year in a half. One day I said, “Oh wow, we’ve known you for 2000 life times. How did I not reconize you until now?”   Lets talk about your side projects. You’re now a voice on Mortal Combat. Sonny Blade I believe. Yes! I’m so excited! I wanted to be Sonny Blade forever! Whenever I played Mortal Combat I wanted to be Sonny Blade. I wanted to grow up to be Sonny Blade and now I am actually Sonny Blade! When I heard the news I was in the car and thankfully nobody died. She was the first female character in the game. Now she’s the whole franchise. 

How nervous were you? And of course your website. Yeah. But I get to enjoy wrestling so much more than everybody else because I’ve maxed out on pressure. My fellow wrestlers are dealing with such high pressure at Wrestlemania and I’m just sitting back saying, “I love Wrestlemania!” They are all worried about doing a good job and I’m laughing and excited that Joan Jett in there! That’s awesome! She’s so cool. I actually broke my hand

RondaRousey.com. It’s a way for me to pass down all my knowledge and information I’ve gained from fighting. In the past it was all done by word of mouth. But now that I’m not competing I feel I can share on my own outlet. Now I’m just looking forward to the next part of my life and letting everyone else be a part of it. 


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HE LANDS 11 TOTAL SONGS ON THE CHART AND FOUR IN THE TOP 40.

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As Young Thug celebrates his first career No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart (dated Aug. 31), with So Much Fun arriving with 131,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Nielsen Music, he also lands 11 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, 10 of which are from the set. Nine of the  11  tracks debut on the latest  Hot 100, joining  “The London”  with J. Cole and Travis Scott  at No. 21 (after peaking at No. 12 in June), and Post Malone’s “Goodbyes”  on which he’s featured  at No. 9 (following its No. 3 peak in July). Of the new entries, “Hot,” featuring Gunna, and “Bad Bad Bad,” featuring Lil Baby, lead the way at Nos. 26 and 32, respectively, earning Thug his eighth and ninth top 40 Hot 100 hits. Here’s a rundown of all 11 of Young Thug’s songs on the Aug. 31-dated Hot 100 (all debuts except where noted): Hot 100 Rank - Title

No. 9 - “Goodbyes,” Post Malone feat. Young Thug (peaked at No. 3) No. 21 - “The London,” with J. Cole and Travis Scott (peaked at No. 12) No. 26 - “Hot,” feat. Gunna No. 32 - “Bad Bad Bad,” feat. Lil Baby

No. 55 - “What’s the Move,” feat.  Lil Uzi Vert No. 60 - “Just How It Is” No. 61 - “Surf,” feat. Gunna No. 70 - “Sup Mate,” feat. Future No. 82 - “Light It Up” No. 84 - “Lil Baby” No. 92 - “Ecstasy” Thug now has 42 career Hot 100-charted songs (the same amount as Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Kenny Rogers, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Snoop Dogg, Keith Urban and The 4 Seasons). He first appeared on the tally  dated  March 1, 2014, with “Stoner,” which hit No. 47 the following month. His next entry, Rich Gang’s “Lifestyle,”featuring Rich Homie Quan and Thug, earned him his first top 40 hit, peaking at No. 16 in November 2014. Young Thug boasts two Hot 100 top 10s, as, prior to “Goodbyes,” he spent a week at No. 1 in January 2018 as featured on Camila Cabello’s “Havana.” As  previously reported, Cabello and Shawn Mendes ascend to No. 1 on the latest, Aug. 31-dated Hot 100 with “Señorita.”


Reggae Sunsplash Festival

to Return in 2020 After 14-Year Break: Exclusive

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Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash, the groundbreaking music festival that established the blueprint for reggae festivals around the world, will return in November 2020, following a 14-year absence. The revived Reggae Sunsplash will be held at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, Priory, St. Ann, a spacious outdoor venue located near Ocho Rios on Jamaica’s north coast. Founded by Synergy Productions, the inaugural Reggae Sunsplash took place June 23-28, 1978 in the island’s resort capital of Montego Bay and featured six nights of dusktil-dawn concerts showcasing several of Jamaica’s finest reggae acts, including Jimmy Cliff,  Burning Spear,  Jacob Miller and Inner Circle,  Third Worldand  Toots and the Maytals. Sunsplash was held each summer between 1978 and 1992 in Montego Bay --  except for 1980, when it was held in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston --  utilizing football field Jarrett Park and the Bob Marley Entertainment Center as its venues. The festival moved around the island between 1993 and 1996, with one-offs in 1998 and 2006. But now, the festival is returning under new ownership. Guardsman Group Ltd., one of Jamaica’s largest security companies, purchased the event and licensed the rights to Kingston-based holding company eMedia Interactive Group Ltd., in which Guardsman owns a 35% interest. Reggae Sunsplash will be produced through eMedia subsidiary Vertical Creative Ltd. “Reggae Sunsplash is the father of all [reggae] festivals,” says Tyrone Wilson, founder/CEO of eMedia and executive producer of the revived event. “It has represented reggae music in its most authentic form, has launched so many Jamaican artists’ careers, allowing them to perform for diverse audiences, and it’s coming back to reclaim that space.” Wilson, along with festival managers  Debbie Bissoon and Randy Mattis, did not confirm a lineup nor event sponsors, but outlined a schedule for the festival: night one will feature acts that came to prominence before 2000; night two will present artists that emerged after 2000; the finale will be a party at Puerto Seco Beach, Discovery Bay, about 25 minutes from the festival grounds, featuring various reggae selectors and sound systems.  Robert “Chuckles” Stewart, who worked on the original Sunsplash and has produced tours for Sean Paul and Buju Banton’s triumphant return to the stage following his release from prison this March, will produce the revived festival. Jerome Hamilton, co-founder of Kingston’s Headline Entertainment, is booking acts. The original Reggae Sunsplash boasted appearances by every major reggae artist who was active during the years of its existence, including rocksteady godfather  Alton Ellis; reggae’s cool ruler  Gregory Isaacs;  Joseph Hill, lead vocalist/founder of roots harmony group Culture; influential dancehall singers  Tenor Saw  and  Sugar Minott; South Africa’s  Lucky Dube; beloved singer  Garnet Silk, who died four months after his only Sunsplash appearance in 1994; and legendary vocalist  Dennis Brown, whose muchanticipated closing performances in the morning hours were a Sunsplash staple. Reggae icons  Bob Marley  and  Peter Tosh appeared at Sunsplash in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Footage of these and other historic performances will be

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curated within a digital Reggae Sunsplash Museum and incorporated into the festival’s 2020 return. “Just like the Grammy Awards ceremony pays tribute to artists who’ve passed away, we will honor the departed artists that performed at Sunsplash,” Mattis says. “We want the revitalized festival to have that authenticity.” Reggae Sunsplash was founded in 1978 by five Kingstonbased colleagues who called themselves Synergy Productions: director of sales Ronnie Burke; director of operations  Don Green; managing director  Tony Johnson; production and promotions director  John Wakeling; and publicist  Maxine Walters, who left Synergy shortly before Sunsplash’s first iteration. That year, Green and Johnson heard about the Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) plans for a Singles Week event, which targeted American college students, hoping they would want to visit Jamaica and see the island’s attractions. Green and Johnson thought a reggae festival would provide the ideal nighttime entertainment; the duo recruited Burke and Wakeling, who had greater familiarity with the local reggae scene, to help make it happen. The JTB was not impressed. “They laughingly asked us, ‘Do you seriously think tourists would pay to come to a reggae event?’” Green recalls. “They didn’t want reggae, Rastas and ganja to represent Jamaica. But when we showed them a recent issue of Melody Maker magazine with Bob Marley on the cover, their laughter stopped.” “Reggae was just 10 years old in 1978 and exploding internationally, but in it’s birthplace, the music’s ambassadors were unwelcome among so-called ‘decent people,’” says Kingston-based  Andrea Davis, founder of International Reggae Day (IRD), observed annually on July 1. “Despite the very real fight they got, Synergy’s Reggae Sunsplash brand produced 19 festivals, 14 albums, 12 concert videos and several international tours that took reggae around the world.” Green says at least 70% of the audience at the inaugural Sunsplash didn’t pay for their tickets; some scaled walls and others broke down fences to gain free entry, which resulted in a devastating financial loss. Uncertain if they could afford to stage the 1979 festival, Synergy’s fortunes quickly turned around when Marley agreed to join that year’s lineup, which would turn out to be his final performance in Jamaica. “When Bob Marley was advertised, we sold so many tickets, every hotel room in Montego Bay was booked out, also in Negril and Falmouth and beyond,” Burke recalls. “People even slept in the Miami airport trying to get flights into Jamaica.” Following Marley’s death on May 11, 1981, the Jamaican government asked Synergy to stage that year’s Sunsplash as a Bob Marley tribute. Green says that was the only year the festival received government sponsorship.  In December 1992, the Synergy directors were informed by the Jamaican government that the Bob Marley Center, where Sunsplash had been held since 1987, was unavailable: the land had been sold and work would soon begin on a housing development at the site. Synergy was offered another outdoor space in Montego Bay called Catherine Hall, which Green described as “a swamp.” The festival relocated to Portmore, a Kingston suburb, in 1993, which due to its lack of tourism infrastructure was labeled “the beginning of the end” by Burke and Green. Meanwhile, a consortium of Montego Bay based investors called Summerfest Productions adopted the festival’s template and created their own event, Reggae Sumfest, held at Catherine Hall just days after Reggae Sunsplash in Portmore. “We put everything we had into Reggae Sunsplash, including our personal assets, and we were shocked that the government chose a housing development over an annual festival that filled hotel rooms in Montego Bay and beyond,” Burke says. “We stood up for Jamaican culture, but the production costs were beyond what any Jamaican could afford, and nobody offered to help us keep the event alive.” Now, Sunsplash’s return represents the reinstatement of a legacy that provided an elevated platform for reggae in Jamaica and around the world, and became a catalyst for a fundamental societal shift. The rebooted Sunsplash is now the third major reggae festival that will be held in Jamaica next year, joining Rebel Salute (Jan. 17 and 18, 2020), also held at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove, and Reggae Sumfest. “The truth is, Jamaica doesn’t have enough festivals for artists to earn from,” notes Wilson. “The appetite for reggae is at an all-time high now, so it’s a great time for Reggae Sunsplash’s return.”


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A FINAL FAREWELL TO

CAPTAIN AMERICA ALAN TECCHIO /alan.tecchio

It’s ironic I suppose that two MotorMouth columns ago I nerve with Peter. Fonda reacted with an idea that flew right in focused on the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Art and the face of this new proposed motion picture direction. In a Music Festival. Ironic because July 14, 2019 was the 50th 2013 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment Fonda anniversary of another legendary counterculture event– the said, “And like a TV evangelist [Valenti] says, ‘It’s time we film Easy Rider. Sadly, the co-writer and star of the film– stopped making movies about sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll Peter Fonda passed away just a couple of weeks ago at age and more movies like Doctor Dolittle’, but he’s looking right at 79 so I thought a column tribute here was the least I could me.” Soon after that, the ever-rebellious Fonda began writing do. Next to my desk where I write this column each month, the story of two drug-fueled motorcyclists who embarked I have a framed poster of the film so it also has a personal on an ultimately tragic cross-country odyssey. The film was connection to me. Easy Rider also starred Dennis Hopper nominated for two Oscars. If you ride a motorcycle and (RIP) and Jack Nicholson and grabbed Fonda his first Oscar have not seen it yet, what the hell is wrong with you?! It is nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Though he lived a true classic. Seriously though, even if you do not ride, this to see the 50th anniversary film is worth watching as a peek of the film, he passed away at into the 70’s biker scene and the 11:05am on August 16th. Peter flack many riders got just for being was of course the son of screen motorcyclists. legend Henry Fonda, the younger Quick trivia question – What brother of Jane Fonda and the other motorcycle-themed film did father of actress Bridget Fonda. Fonda appear in many years after His family’s statement reads, “It Easy Rider? If you guessed Nicolas is with deep sorrow that we share Cage’s superhero film Ghost Rider the news that Peter Fonda has you would be right. Go check that NICOLAS CAGE & PETER FONDA one out too but mainly for the passed away. He passed away peacefully at his home in Los special effects. It’s a fun film of Angeles surrounded by family. redemption but to me, it does not The official cause of death was carry the heavy cultural significance respiratory failure due to lung of Easy Rider. cancer. In one of the saddest Fonda leaves behind two children moments of our lives, we are not with ex-wife Susan Brewer: actress able to find the appropriate words Bridget Fonda, 55, and Justin to express the pain in our hearts. Fonda, 53. He is also survived by As we grieve, we ask that you his third wife, Margaret “Parky” respect our privacy.” DeVogelaere, whom he married in Some things you may not 2011, sister Jane, 81, and half-sister PETER FONDA know about Easy Rider are 1) Amy, 66. Fonda’s family also added that it helped usher in the ‘New in their statement, “While we mourn Hollywood’ movement of the 1970’s and 2) that Peter was the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all inspired to write the film in 1967 in response to a speech to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor by Jack Valenti, who was the newly appointed head of of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom!” I’ll drink to that! the Motion Picture Association of America. Valenti was Cheers Peter and thanks for helping to create one of the most advocating for more family-friendly films and this struck a iconic moto-centric counterculture films ever.


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WHO ME? By Allison Torres Photo by Wendy Wei

Last week I had to endure a case of mistaken identity and this week people cannot be bothered to even remember who I am. Given, my bar is high volume and turns a lot of customers but I can damn well remember every regular, every story, and every drink. I mean… that’s my job… what kind of bartender would I be if I couldn’t do that? Of course, good bartenders can make your drinks lightning fast. Yet great bartenders are those who not only make drinks quickly, but actually engage with the patrons, make them feel welcome, and have their drink ready before they even sit down. I like to think I am the latter.       I began working happy hour shifts years ago to help build business, interact with people, and really generate a nice crowd to stir up the atmosphere. And, or course, help me from going home broke. It irks me to tears when a customer comes in and claims to be the mayor, and I’ve never seen him a day in my life. People like this run two different scenarios. Either they come in the one day I don’t work, religiously, or they drift in every so often, unnoticed, and that makes them “regular” Either way, I’m blowing the whistle on this guy. He perches at the end of the bar, holding his hands up like, “where’s my drink?” Well, seeing as though I’ve never seen you before and I’m not psychic, you have to verbally convey what you need. Then begins the fight over the tab. We always hold a credit card for people we don’t know because, well, this is New York…it doesn’t operate on kindness and trust in strangers. Silly, I know. He argues with me how he doesn’t have to do this with anyone else and how I’m being ridiculous. At this point my bar is full and I really just don’t have time to spell it out. I don’t know you, you don’t know me. No... I’m not going to trust you to walk away without some sort of payment. Sorry. He finally coughs up the credit card after a heated debate and tosses out, “what happened to everyone who used to work here?” Now I’m really at my breaking point. “Listen, guy, I’m here five days a week and then some. Funny how I know everyone at the bar… but you. Do not tangle with me.” I put his drink on my buyback and slid his credit card right back to him. “Try your luck upstairs with the other bartender and don’t waste my time ever again.” Surprisingly, he sat patiently until I was finished, paid for every drink, and over-tipped me each time. He never spoke one more word in my direction.


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RETURN IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER From Forbes By Blake Oestriecher

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WWE is about to get back one of its biggest stars. According to multiple reports, Ronda Rousey is expected to return to WWE programming in the near future: Rousey has been absent from WWE since WrestleMania 35, where she dropped the Raw Women’s Championship to Becky Lynch in the first-ever women’s WrestleMania main event. The ongoing hiatus of “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” wasn’t a surprise as reports indicated that her post-Mania departure was planned long in advance. Rousey herself even said that she was looking to start a family, which resulted in one report stating that she might never return to WWE. Still, that didn’t prevent WWE from penciling in Rousey vs. Becky Lynch for WrestleMania 36, even though questions remain about her Rousey’s immediate and long-term future in WWE. The good news for WWE, though, is that Rousey is still under contract until 2021, and amid reports that she could be back ASAP, there are certainly plenty of signs that her return will indeed happen sooner rather than later. Let’s start with the state of the women’s division, which has, whether coincidentally or not, been in shambles since Rousey left after WrestleMania 35. The spark the women’s division had when Rousey was battling Lynch and Charlotte Flair simply isn’t there anymore, and though the absences of Nia Jax and Sasha Banks have also played a role, Rousey’s sudden departure has clearly left a gaping hole of star power at the top of the card. During her absence, WWE has tried—and largely failed—to establish stars like Lacey Evans as top acts and is only now giving TV time to popular but underused stars like Ember Moon. While that’s a refreshing sight, those stars don’t pack the same star power punch as Rousey, who also has another major factor that could lead to her return: Her connection to Paul Heyman. Rousey worked hand-in-hand with Heyman during her previous WWE run, and the two have a strong working relationship that can be rekindled now that Heyman is the Executive Director of Raw. It’s no coincidence, after all, that all of the stars Heyman works hands on with have been getting sizable pushes as of late, a list that includes Rousey, Evans, Aleister Black and, of course, Brock Lesnar. The best possible explanation behind Lesnar winning the

Universal Championship for a third time at Extreme Rules is that Heyman pushed for it, both because of his close relationship with Lesnar and his belief that Lesnar will be a bigger draw as Raw’s top champion than Seth Rollins was in that same role. As Heyman begins to gain more and more influence over WWE’s creative process, it certainly stands to reason that his favorites—the Lesnars, Blacks and Rouseys of the world—are going to get massive pushes at the top of the card. Evans, Lesnar and Black are getting one or have gotten one. And Rousey could be next in line. Consider also that Lynch, Rousey’s biggest rival, is currently feuding with Natalya, the real-life friend and training partner of Rousey and a star whose friendship with Rousey has also been pushed in storyline. The most logical explanation for Natalya’s sudden ascension to women’s title contention is two-fold: She’s getting a SummerSlam match to capitalize on her popularity in Toronto, where SummerSlam takes place, and it is a logical placeholder feud for Lynch given her history with Rousey and the likelihood that WWE will pick back up on that rivalry in the near future. Natalya even recently suggested that Rousey’s return is inevitable and that it will happen sooner than some expect. Even though Rousey and Lynch have had arguably WWE’s biggest feud of the past year, they never got that singles match they were supposed to have at Survivor Series 2018. Many fans have been clamoring for it ever since, and Lynch’s creative struggles since WrestleMania—a result of poor booking by the creative team—have really demonstrated that she badly needs a more capable heel foe, one who is more exciting than Natalya and more ready than Evans. There isn’t a star who fits that bill better than Rousey, who is both a stellar in-ring performer and is, far and away, the biggest female star in the company due to both her UFC career and her resurgence in WWE last year. With Heyman back in the mix, his new creative power is expected to “bridge the gap” between WWE and Rousey. So, Rousey may not be a lock to come back back this week or this month. But soon? At this point, it would actually be shocking if she didn’t show up in the near future. And don’t be surprised if she does so at SummerSlam.


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BETWEEN THE SHEETS It’s complicated, not easy to find and many ask if it even exists.

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Angela BY ANGELA POMPELLI-BUTLER betweenthesheets@rocketmail.com

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One of the most frequently asked sexual questions is where is a woman’s g-spot! Sounds like an easy question…right? Wrong! It is almost like the 8th wonder of the world. It’s complicated, not easy to find and many ask if it even exists. If are one of those people men or women alike that just needs to know, let me make it easy for you. The G-spot is a patch that’s located around two to three issues inside the vagina on the front of the vaginal wall (meaning the side towards the stomach, not the butt). This patch feels slightly thicker, ridged, and spongey. The best way to find it is with your finger in a “come here” motion. Once you’ve found it, you can assess how it feels. For some it can be mind-blowing, for others, not so much.   If you are still unsure if you’ve located it or not, start experimenting and your lover will certainly let you know.   Another way to find the G-spot is during intercourse. You can stick a pillow under the woman’s butt, which can help the penis to stroke the G-spot during missionary, or you can use your finger in that “come here” motion while also using the penis for double the pleasure. Instead of being its own separate spot in your vagina, the G spot is part of your clitoral network. This means that when you’re stimulating the G spot, you’re actually stimulating part of the clitoris, which is much larger than we’re led to believe. Turns out, the pea-sized section where the inner labia meet is actually only the tip of the clitoris.  This region can also vary from woman to woman which explains why it can often be difficult to locate. However, once it’s stimulated, the G spot can cause female ejaculation (yes, it’s real) and help women reach vaginal orgasm. If all else fails, there are always toys that will help you locate the G-spot. If your lover or you can’t find it then I suggest getting a toy that can. There is actually a toy called a G-spot vibrator that will get the job done with no hassle. Not to mention, you can order it from Amazon and it will be delivered to your door the next day. It really can’t get much easier than that to find your G-Spot!


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