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In Events, MAGAZINE on June 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

By Verena Stefanie Grotto

Hip-hop is having a renaissance right now in the city of New York, where it seems like every other day a new MC rises up out of the five boroughs with an even more unique style and approach to the music than what we thought was possible before. Motley crews like the A$AP Mob, the Beast Coast, and World’s Fair have given us a reason to love rhymes again. We’ve written a lot about this stuff, but sometimes words don’t do it justice. So, we’ve linked up with scene insider Verena Stefanie Grotto to document the new New York movement as it happens in real time, with intimate shots of rappers, scenesters, artists, and fashion fiends.

For this installment, Verena caught up with A$AP FergMarty BallaThe Underachievers, and Bodega BAMZ. She then shot photos of the Flatbush Zombies during their headlining set on Brooklyn’s Summer Stage, where she came across a mysterious pile of one-dollar bills.

Photographer Verena Stefanie was born and bred in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. The small town is not known for hip-hop, but they do make a very tasty grape-based pomace brandy there called grappa. Stefanie left Bassano del Grappa at the age of 17 to go and live the wild skateboarding life in Barcelona, Spain, where she worked as the Fashion Coordinator for VICE Spain. Tired of guiding photographers to catch the best shots, she eventually grabbed the camera herself and is now devoted to documenting artists, rappers, style-heads, and more. She recently directed a renowned documentary about the Grime scene in UK and has had photo features in GQ, CosmopolitanVICE, and many more. 

Check out her website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


The Tony Montana Foundation grants scholarships to the youth..

In MAGAZINE on February 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm


A detective provided his daughter with drug-sniffing dogs, like the one pictured here. (Getty Images)

In an early bid for Father of the Year, a Miami police detective allowed his 10-year-old daughter to use three drug-sniffing dogs and an ounce of cocaine for a science fair project, according to the Miami Herald.

Douglas Bartelt, a detective with the Miami-Dade Police Narcotics Bureau, provided his daughter, Emma, with three detector canines and 28 grams of cocaine (street value: approximately $1,300) for her entry into Coral Gables Preparatory Academy’s annual science fair.

Not surprisingly, she won. The first-place honor gave Emma an automatic entry into the Miami -Dade Elementary Schools Science Fair, where her drug-sniffing project earned an honorable mention.

“The purpose of this scientific investigation was to find which dog would find the cocaine fastest using its [sic] sense of smell,” the fourth-grader wrote in the abstract for her project, titled “Drug Sniffing Dogs.”

Bartelt, according to the Miami Herald, fellow detective William Pedraja and Sgt. Samantha Machado provided the dogs (a springer spaniel named Roger; Levi, a golden retriever; and Franky, a retired chocolate Labrador) and the cocaine. (Franky showed he’s still got the touch, locating the illegal substance in 43 seconds.)

Emma’s mother, Michelle Bartelt, said the experiment was her daughter’s idea and that Emma was under constant supervision and “did not touch the cocaine.”

“[Doug] handled the drugs,” she said. “He’s always very meticulous about how he handles drugs.”

John Schuster, a spokesman for the school district, issued a statement saying the project, while unusual, did not violate any of the science fair’s rules—and that cocaine is not a specifically banned substance.

“The student’s science project involved a very unusual set of circumstances, including having a parent who is a well-respected police detective with experience in training dogs that sniff for illegal substances,” Schuster’s statement read. “From our understanding, the parent was the only person involved in working directly with the dogs and the hidden substances, which took place at a police training facility.”

Where I’m from you’d catch a case for an act like this…. Great Job!

Ace Alexander Receives 2012 “African American Men in Gospel” Honor

In Events, MAGAZINE on July 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Award winning national radio personality and Airplay 360 founder, Ace Alexander was recently honored by Dekalb County Georgia Commissioner Stan Watson as a tribute to African American Men in Gospel.

ATLANTA – Award winning national radio personality and Airplay 360 founder Ace Alexander was recently honored as part of a special tribute to African American men in gospel radio. Dekalb County Commissioner Stan Watson recognized Alexander and other Atlanta-based radio announcers for their efforts in “maximizing the airwaves to inspire, encourage and uplift.”

A two-time Stellar Award nominee, Alexander has participated in several charitable causes including work with the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association ‘Power to End Stroke’ campaign, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness and North Atlanta homelessness. For his community outreach, Alexander is a two-time recipient of the Central South Distribution REACH Award.

Alexander’s Afternoon Praise Party show is broadcast on Sheridan Gospel Network and is heard in over 40 radio markets across the U.S.

About Ace Alexander
Known as the “Music Commander” to his listeners, Ace Alexander is an award winning national radio personality, inspirational speaker, facilitator, voice-over talent and founder of Airplay 360, a music industry online magazine for independent Christian and gospel artists. A 23-year broadcast veteran, Alexander’s radio experience covers multiple formats including gospel, urban, adult contemporary, blues and talk.