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Yahdon Israel is the Editorial Director of Northside Media, Inc. and the Editor-in-Chief of Brooklyn Magazine. He has written for Avidly, The New Inquiry, Brooklyn Magazine, LitHub, and Poets and Writers. He graduated from the MFA Creative Non-Fiction Writing program at the New School. He's the Awards and Membership VP of the National Book Critics Circle. Runs a popular Instagram page which promotes literature and fashion under the hashtag Literaryswag, and hosts a web show for writers called LIT.
PHOTOGRAPHY John Midgley The first time Jamie Hector visited BAM, in Fort Greene, he was 21. As the youngest of seven to a Haitian mother—who worked as a nursing assistant—Jamie lived in Brooklyn his whole life. Repping East Flatbush and Crown Heights, he had heard about BAM, and even passed it a few times, but it was only after a friend invited him to see one of Tennessee Williams' plays that it occurred to him...
PHOTOGRAPHY Aubrey Wipfli When Adrian Daniel was in the fifth grade, he got left back. Not because he wasn’t smart, but because he didn’t attend summer school. That summer, Adrian’s mother had a planned a family vacation to Florida. Adrian wasn’t about to stay back in Brooklyn, so he finessed his mother into thinking that all was well at school. Though Adrian can’t remember what exactly he told his mother to make her believe him,...
PHOTOGRAPHY DP Jolly STYLIST Brandon Davis SUBJECT Darnell L. Moore AGE 42 OCCUPATION Editor-at-Large at CASSIUS, Writer NEIGHBORHOOD Bed-Stuy What do you say to someone who's fly without fail, every time you see them? Whose off-days, when they've just "thrown something together," makes you reconsider what an on-day looks like? And who always looks as if they're going somewhere even when they're not? When seeing writer Darnell L. Moore swag down Lewis Avenue, I've considered asking him, with Kanye-esque audacity, "How?!"...
The last time I was at City Point, the mixed-use residential and commercial complex, located in Downtown Brooklyn, I hosted their BKLYN All-Stars Shoot Out Event for NBA All-Star Weekend. Bringing out families from all across the borough, to have them compete for gift cards and bragging rights, was a complete success. Not to mention the fact that, after the shoot out, Italian restaurant Fortina (located on the lower level of City Point), blessed all who participated...

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