Category Archives: Famous People I Have Met

The story of U.N.L.V.: Uptown Niggas Livin Violent (Narratively. November 2014).

New Orleans Rapper Tec-9 steps onto a helicopter to be flown to his lucrative gig. He’s been off work for two weeks but is about to embark on twenty-eight straight days of giving people what they need. “Mondays I cook … Continue reading

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On 75-year-old NOLA gospel group Zion Harmonizers (The Advocate. May 2014).

New Orleans gospel group the Zion Harmonizers was founded in 1939 by Benjamin Maxon, nine years before current group president Brazella Briscoe was born in Gretna. “Dad would play religious music when we were very little, and we heard this … Continue reading

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Article & photo gallery about MPW’s recent book party (NOLA.com. May 2014).

For fans of hip-hop, bounce, New Orleans, and musings about illustrious people, Vaughan’swas the place to be on May 4 for the Hip-Hop Book Release Party for “New Orleans: The Underground Guide V.3.” and “Famous People I Have Met: Collected Works 1999-2014” — both by Michael Patrick … Continue reading

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Raw Q&A with Slick Rick (St. Petersburg Times. 2000).

Hello, am I speaking to the Ruler? [laughs]What’s up guy? What are you doing today? I am just laying back today. We did a couple shows with Lauryn Hill and I am having a day off. Everyone’s happy to see you back! … Continue reading

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Raw Q&A with Ronnie James Dio (St. Petersburg Times. 2000)

In 2000, arguably the greatest heavy metal singer of all time, Ronnie James Dio (then 58 years old), called my desk at the newspaper from his tour bus in Cleveland, Ohio, but at that moment I was in the bathroom. … Continue reading

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Interview with Public Enemy’s Chuck D. PT 2 (AntiGravity. 2007).

CLICK HERE to read the first half of my interview with my hero Chuck D, conducted just after Hurricane Katrina. In PART TWO we discuss Ray Nagin, hip-hop concert technology, sampling as illegal artform, the racial implications of guitar distortion, … Continue reading

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Interview with Russell Simmons (Gambit. April, 2011).

Def Jam Recordings co-founder, one of the Godfathers of hip-hop, and 54-year-old multi-millionaire Russell Simmons is sometimes called the male Oprah Winfrey. He recently released Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All (Gotham), an advice book emanating not from his career … Continue reading

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