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Anthony Sant’Anselmo Hits “Rewind” And Takes Us Back In Time With His Basement Video Store!

Anthony Sant’Anselmo remembers with fondness the days that he used to ride his bicycle to local video stores in the San Fernando Valley. While he gawked with wide eyes at the VHS artwork displayed on the shelves, he would fantasize with his friends about how cool it would be to have access to such a wide movie selection from the convenience of their homes.

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Exclusive Interview with Reggaetón Artist DJ Negro: “I’ll die being a musicologist”

Felix Rodríguez, more widely known as DJ Negro, was a key figure in the early days of reggaetón in San Juan, PR as his work on the turntables and in club management contributed to shape the genre. In an interview with NYC Tastemakers, Rodríguez spoke about the start of his career and the difficulties he faced to receive the recognition he deserved in the music industry.

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Q&A with Luis Castillo: “Life is going to throw you curveballs, you’ve got to learn how to hit them.”

Baseball is more than just a game; it has the ability to change lives. Luis Castillo knows that better than anybody else. NYC Tastemakers had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to the best batboy in MLB history, Luis Castillo, who goes by nicknames, “Luigi,” and “Squeegee,” to discuss his amazing eight-year tenure with the Yankees, his love for baseball, and his continued effort to give back.

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Bodega88 is the Best Place for Sports, Drinks, and Great Food!

There’s nothing like the energy of watching a game, match, or fight at a sports bar. The tension between fans …

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Radio personality Jewelz López on how things can change in a moment’s notice

In an interview that took place on her birthday, radio personality and voiceover artist Jewelz López sat down with NYC Tastemakers to speak on her career, her life, and confronting a health barrier.

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Feature: Rhina Valentin

Rhina Valentin, also known as “La Reina del Barrio,” is a television host who’s focus lies in building bridges between communities and fostering empathy by sharing human-centered stories of these themes. She has been recognized for her unique and creative approach to celebrating and advocating for diversity, allowing her to become a beloved spokesperson for her own community.

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John Tateishi and the Fight for a Better Tomorrow

Our country is guilty of a multitude of injustices and wrongdoings. One of the greatest social injustices in American history …

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Al Downing and his showdown with Hank Aaron

Al Downing played with and against some of the greatest baseball players of all time.
While with the Yankees in the 60s he played with Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra and the 1964 most valuable player Elston Howard. In 1969 he played with a chubby catcher who would go on to have a hall of fame type career.

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Thank you Henry Louis Aaron

Hank Aaron made me a better human being. Watching him go through his home run chase in 1973, and having the excitement of witnessing history soon after, are one of the best parts of my life. Then there are the other parts, the haters. When Mr. Aaron shared his mail with the world, it was as chilling as the penmanship.

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Thurman Would’ve Loved Gio

Today I got to talk with sportscaster and radio disc jockey legend Ricky Ricardo about his interview with Gio Urshela, who has been chosen to receive a humanitarian award during the Thurman Munson award ceremony.

Ricky was given the assignment of doing the virtual thing that all these award ceremonies are doing.

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Phil Niekro & Me

The passing of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro brought back memories of this great human being. It was 1995 when I came across him outside of Shea Stadium. By then he was the manager of the female baseball team, the Colorado Silver Bullets, and there he was walking with his baseball players. I talked trash with him of how I could strike out all of them and he just laughed it off.

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Mark David Chapman: The Privileges of a Beatle Killer

Being on the other side of the bars inside the jails of Rikers Island I got to witness and hear about wicked doings. During my 20 years as a Correction Officer this story comes to mind on the 40th anniversary of an Icon’s death. It was 40 years ago when football broadcaster Howard Cosell informed the world of John Lennon’s assassination. His chilling words of “DEAD ON ARRIVAL!”

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