Harlem Resident Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Questions Bynum’s Love of basketball

andrew-kareemWhen the Los Angeles Lakers first drafted Andrew Bynum they brought in Central Harlem resident Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as his personal coach — people forget Kareem was about as fundamentally sound a center as the game had seen. Continue Reading →

The Mother of Rucker Park Basketball

Over lunch at her home in the Bronx recently, Mary Rucker-Thomas spoke about the pride she felt for the enduring legacy of her husband, Holcombe Rucker. Continue Reading →

Home Going Service For Paulette ‘Scarf Lady’ Gay (update)

I just spoke to friend and writer Claude Jay the other day and he told me that Paulette Gay, The Scarf Lady had died over the New Year’s holiday. In shock, I could only think about when I first met her after moving to Harlem from the West Coast. She was one of the first people I met in Harlem at her Scarf Lady Boutique at 408 Lenox Avenue (at 130th Street). Continue Reading →