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December 21, 2023 Miss Rosen

Dancehall: The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture cover With the arrival of the Windrush Generation in the decades following World War II, the style and sound of Jamaica made an indelible impact on generations to come. As the diaspora took root in London, Toronto, and Brooklyn, an international network was forged, bringing the music of […]

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November 17, 2023 Miss Rosen

Cast from Da 5 Bloods (Spike Lee, 2020, 154 min.). (Photo: © David C. Lee) Spike Lee is our generation’s Martin Scorsese, making films about New York stories that have largely gone untold in Hollywood. From Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X to 4 Little Girls and Da 5 Bloods, Lee’s gift for filmmaking […]

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October 20, 2023 Bucky Turco

“Wild Style, woo-woo!!” That’s how subway graffiti pioneer and lovable lunatic TRACY 168 would announce himself to me—and everyone else—when he’d visit. He used to stop into the gallery I used to run in the early 2000’s, to talk shit about the scene and and bless me with quickly drawn canvasses and hit the in-house […]

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September 29, 2023 Miss Rosen

📷: © Guzman As the 1960s came to a close, the empire struck back crushing the radical movements of the counterculture. Using both legal and illegal means, the United States government systematically dismantled those on the frontlines of the fight for human rights by infiltrating organizations, jailing revolutionaries, assassinating leaders, and denying basic public services […]

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August 30, 2023 Bucky Turco

Disingenuous broadcaster Fox News frequently traffics in lies, so no one’s really all that surprised when they gloss over critical details, but even by their shitty standards, the network couldn’t have gotten a simple story about an artist, a mural, and Donald Trump’s mug shot any wronger. After being mocked by the internet for fawning […]

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August 11, 2023 Miss Rosen

📷: Eric B & Rakim, NYC (1987) ©Janette Beckman In 1982, British photographer Janette Beckman landed in New York with plans to spend Christmas with a friend but was quickly entranced by the city’s singular mix of creativity, rebellion, and decadence. After a decade of “benign neglect” promulgated by the Nixon White House, New York […]

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August 1, 2023 Bucky Turco

📷: @nycgraff.head 70. That’s how many New York City subway cars were hit last week, establishing a new record high and milestone in the number of incidents the MTA normally deals with over 7 days time. First reported by @RespectTheArchitects, the “historical feat” consisted of several wholetrains getting covered from top to bottom. (For the […]

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July 26, 2023 Miss Rosen

Mike Maldonado, Iowa, 1998; from Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed (Aperture, 2023). © 2023 Ed Templeton The year was 1990 and SoCal skater Ed Templeton went pro, ushering in a new era of sport, art, and business that could only emerge from the underground. Just 18 years old, Templeton stood at the vanguard, winning the first […]

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July 17, 2023 Bucky Turco

Police tracking down a high profile murder suspect by collecting DNA from a piece of half-eaten pizza crust in a pizza box that was discarded into a public trash can on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, is one of the craziest (and most New York) details to emerge out of the highly publicized arrest of Rex […]

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