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“In my life had… what? Maybe three big shocks. Shock number one was when I head Cary Grant was Jewish. Shock number two was finding out how how Jell-O, pure, pathetic parveh Jell-O, sweet ecumenical Jell-O what you could eat with milk or meat— Jell-O was not kosher. But you know what was? Drake’s Devil […]

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by Ernie Koy, Jr.  It’s a question that will face nearly every reporter if they hang around this dirty racket long enough: how do you write about a Legend? Especially when you go back like we do— way back, to the basketball & handball courts, the pizza parlors & lechoneras, the ominous stairwells & bachata […]

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Berenice “The Abbott”/BZA breaks it down. All across the Brooklyn black belt (if you gotta ask… we can talk about it another time) the excitement is so thick in the air you can taste it. Tastes like jerk chicken? Often, yes, but not always. The Haitians have their goat, & once this clown over on […]

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streets are watching. The Publisher peeks too. The signs— & the flags— are all around us. They come from Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Bahamas. In Haiti & Brooklyn too they speak Creole or French. On Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights where Panama still runs the game, it might be […]

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Drunk on Albemarle. Drunk on Bond Street. Drunk on Cortelyou. Drunk in Ditmas Park. Drunk on Evergreen— Bushwick stand up! Drunk on Force Tube. Drunk in Gravesend. Drunk on Hinsdale. Drunk on India Street. Drunk on Jamaica Ave. Drunk in Kensington (they will get the services their property values demand). Drunk on Avenue L (the […]

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Junius Van Sinderen offers his backspin: After a round of tense last-minute negotiations with the management at Demause.net News Service over 1) demolition costs; 2) naming rights 3) tax abatements & 4) what sources called a “generous” contribution to the Stop The Ditmas Canker slush— I mean “community outreach”— fund, WWIB is delighted to link […]

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The Music Director reviews: One of WWIB’s favorite jazz books is Sidney Bechet‘s Treat It Gentle. For those of ya’ll who don’t know, Bechet is one of the towering individualists of the first half of 20th century American music– hear at least his recordings with Louis Armstrong, of Corona via Chicago & New Orleans yesterday. […]

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Dear Sir: Now I guess our little romance has finally simmered down. You should join the circus; you’d make a real good clown. Your eyes look like a roadmap, I’m scared to smell your breath. You’d better shut your peepers before you bleed to death. Don’t roll those bloodshot eyes at me, I can tell […]

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from the Cortelyou branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, Swan: gotta dance? I guess some people do. My grandfather was a clarinetist in the big bands & I know they often played Red Norvo’s “Dance of The Octopus.” In her student days Berenice (The Abbott)/BZA created quite a scandal by performing the “Dance of the […]

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Swan, from the Peninsula Branch of the Queens Public Library: Due to unforeseen, very unpleasant technical issues, the regularly scheduled WWIB update is not online. Listeners are advised to tune to WWIB or a local affiliate for further details. While I am here– & look at that, some old coot next table over is already […]

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