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People that would be better NHL commissioners than Gary Bettman

- Lord Stanley’s dead body
- John Scott
- Zdeno Chara in a Easter Bunny costume
- The pineapple from Téléfrançais
- A beaver
- Carey Price’s dog, Motty
- Ketchup water
- Carey Price’s other dog, Duke
- The New York subway system
- Erik Karlsson’s piercing Swedish gaze
- Uncle Jeb from Alberta
- Tinted visors
- The ghost of Olympic Hockey hopes and dreams
- My saltiness


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2014)

The year is 1925Fresh out of Hogwarts, Newt Scamander finds himself struggling with the banality of working for the Ministry of Magic. When the United Wizarding Republic invites him to investigate a rogue dragon living in the sewer systems of New York City, however, Newt’s boring life is plunged into chaosNew York City is dark, dirty, and dazzling, but with a little help from Nella Larson and Duke Ellington - the brightest witch and wizard of their age - Newt finally starts to feel that New York is home. Together, the Nella and Duke teach Newt how to do the Charleston, how to buy Butterbeer off the blackmarket, and, of course, how to save New York City from a hoard of angry dragons.

Newt Scamander - Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Nella Larson - Angel Coulby

Duke Ellington - Gary Carr


Child prodigy and famed pianist Philippa Duke Schuyler photographed by Carl Van Vechten.

Born August 2, 1931 in New York, her father, George S. Schuyler, was a well-known Black American writer. Her mother, Josephine Cogdell, came from a wealthy white Texas ranching and finance family. Schuyler was raised in a strict environment that stressed the importance of intelligence, education, artistic expression and a diet of raw food. In her early years, newspaper and other articles wrote about her prodigal development as she crawled at four weeks, walked at eight months, read at two years, and played the piano at age three. At age four, Schuyler could spell four-letter words and was playing piano (her own compositions) on radio. She had a measured IQ of 180 at age seven, graduated from elementary school at age ten, had written over 100 compositions by thirteen, and for that birthday, completed “Manhattan Nocturne,” her first orchestra work, scored for 100 instruments. The New York Philharmonic performed this piece during the last performance of the Young People’s Concert season (1944-45). After graduating high school at age fifteen, Schuyler wrote “The Rhapsody of Youth” in honor of the inauguration of Haitian president Paul Magloire. She was knighted for this and gave command performances for the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. She was a devoted Catholic, fluent in several languages, and a writer of several books. She began a career in journalism as a news correspondent just before her death. Philippa died on May 9, 1967 in a helicopter accident in Vietnam, where she had gone as a reporter.

Savoy Ballroom: “The Home Of Happy Feet”

Photo: Awning of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York.

The Savoy Ballroom (1926-1958), famously known as “the home of happy feet,” was a world renowned dance ballroom in Harlem, New York. The “world’s finest ballroom” scaled a full city block, from 140th to 141st streets on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue, and was two story’s high, it’s signature marquee stretching well over the sidewalk and nearby stores.

Founded by Moe Gale, a Jewish man, and managed by Charles Buchanan, a Black man, the Savoy from its inception was the first and only integrated dance ballrooms in the whole of New York. On the “track,” its block long dance floor, working class African-American Harlemites and wealthy whites from downtown would lindy hop, jitterbug jive, and rhumboogie the night away under the same lavish cut-glass chandelier.

Gif: 1920s Couple doing the Lindy Hop.

The Savoy Ballroom attracted the talents of jazz and bebop greats like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakley, Teddy Hill, Johnny Hodges and Thelonious Monk. So great was the dance scene at the Savoy Ballroom, some of the clubs most talented dancers ended up performing in theaters across the world and in feature films.

Photo: Hodges, Johnny Savoy Ballroom (Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York), Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

The drag of the Great Depression and technological advancements in radios and record players made dancing at home and at smaller and cheaper venues more popular. The Savoy closed in 1958 and demolished in 1959 to make way for the Delano Village housing development, known today as Savoy Park. A commemorative plaque was erected in the Savoy’s memory in 2002. The ceremony was attended by swing legends Frankie Manning and Norma Miller, and enthusiast from around the world.

Photo:  Plaque commemorating the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, NYC., Lukeholladay.

E. 42nd Street, New York, Nov. 17, 2016


Looking for a(nother) reason to love libraries? Great Libraries by Anthony Hobson describes the histories of 32 of Western Europe and North America’s most famous libraries, the bookkeepers who were instrumental in their founding and preservation, and some of the materials kept within.

Pictured above are some of the library treasures featured in Hobson’s history, including the Abbey of St. Gall’s baroque library room of 1758, “A master and pupils” Salzburg illumination from the thirteenth century, The Salone Sistino of the Vatican, and Duke Humphrey’s Library from Selden End.

Hobson, A. (1970). Great libraries. New York: Putnam.

The Duke of Windsor, photographed by Dorothy Wilding in New York, 1943. 

This was Wallis’s favorite photo of her husband; she kept it in a gold frame with their initials on the top and took it with her when she travelled to keep beside her bed. She also had the framed photograph painted into two separate portraits she had painted of herself. 

Grand Central Terminal, New York, Nov. 17, 2016

This Post goes out to my Childhood friend from Queens New York, Albert (Prodigy) Johnson one half of the rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was one of my brother’s best friends growing up and I can remember him coming over each morning to wake us all up just so we could be productive and seize the day. He was highly motivated and extremely talented.

His great-great-great-grandfather, William Jefferson White, founded Georgia’s Morehouse College in the basement of his Baptist church.His grandfather, Albert “Budd” Johnson, was a saxophonist and clarinetist for Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. - CNN

My hometown New York City and the world is in total shock and mourning right now and we are asking for your prayers. Prodigy was only 42 years old and was battling with sickle cell throughout his life.

Although his life was cut far too short now for him, there is no more pain and for that we should be grateful.

We love you and miss you my brother and thank you for your inspiration, you made an entire generation believe in themselves. May our God keep you and bless you Forever and ever Amen.

Thank you Prodigy

- Shamel