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“I Have Come to Destroy”: Marvin Hagler Prepares for War

Marvin Hagler at Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 11, 1985, where he trained for what would end up being all out WAR versus Thomas Hearns on April 15, 1985. Credit: Jim Wilson/Boston Globe Staff/File. The following is an excerpt from The War: Hagler–Hearns and Three Rounds for the Ages, by Don Stradley. This section was selected from pages 120–124 of Chapter 7, “A FERRARI AND A BAZOOKA.” Copyright © Don Stradley, September 2021  *** A strange thing happened as April 15 neared. Hagler and Hearns were reversing roles. The change was noticeable in how they dealt with reporters. Hearns, who had talked endlessly during the press tour, was talking less, while Hagler was becoming more accessible.

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Why Would a Publishing Company Use Kickstarter?

Hamilcar Publications recently ran our first successful Kickstarter campaign. We raised more than $28,000 for our first pure hip-hop title, From Boom Bap to Trap: Hip-Hop’s Greatest Producers. Why did we decide to try Kickstarter? We have worked hard over the past four years to build Hamilcar Publications into a respected publishing house. Feedback from customers, partners, agents, and other industry contacts has validated that for us repeatedly. What we realized was that funding an ambitious book on Kickstarter would actually strengthen that reputation, while giving us a direct line to the readers who would be most excited about a book like this. For those who like quick lists (like me), here’s a summary of the benefits to

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Todd D. Snyder’s Top Fives: Boxer Cameos in Rap Videos

Mike Tyson makes a cameo appearance in Eminem’s “Godzilla” at the 3:03 mark. This article is written by Todd D. Snyder, author of Beatboxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Game (November 16, 2021). This “Top Five” post is part of a series leading up to the publication of Beatboxing. *** In my new book Beatboxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Game, I uncover the unique connection between hip-hop and the sweet science, tracing a grassroots cultural movement from its origins in the South Bronx to its explosion across the globe and ultimately into the charged environment of the prize ring. How much rap artists draw inspiration from boxing has been largely overlooked. Rap’s best journalists often miss the

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“I Have Come to Destroy”: Marvin Hagler Prepares for War

Marvin Hagler at Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 11, 1985, where he trained for what would end up being all out WAR versus Thomas Hearns on April 15, 1985. Credit: Jim Wilson/Boston Globe Staff/File. The following is an excerpt from The War: Hagler–Hearns and Three Rounds for the Ages, by Don Stradley. This section was selected from pages 120–124 of Chapter 7, “A FERRARI AND A BAZOOKA.” Copyright © Don Stradley, September 2021  *** A strange thing happened as April 15 neared. Hagler and Hearns were reversing roles. The change was noticeable in how they dealt with reporters. Hearns, who had talked endlessly during the press tour, was talking less, while Hagler was becoming more accessible.

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Why Would a Publishing Company Use Kickstarter?

Hamilcar Publications recently ran our first successful Kickstarter campaign. We raised more than $28,000 for our first pure hip-hop title, From Boom Bap to Trap: Hip-Hop’s Greatest Producers. Why did we decide to try Kickstarter? We have worked hard over the past four years to build Hamilcar Publications into a respected publishing house. Feedback from customers, partners, agents, and other industry contacts has validated that for us repeatedly. What we realized was that funding an ambitious book on Kickstarter would actually strengthen that reputation, while giving us a direct line to the readers who would be most excited about a book like this. For those who like quick lists (like me), here’s a summary of the benefits to

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Todd D. Snyder’s Top Fives: Boxer Cameos in Rap Videos

Mike Tyson makes a cameo appearance in Eminem’s “Godzilla” at the 3:03 mark. This article is written by Todd D. Snyder, author of Beatboxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Game (November 16, 2021). This “Top Five” post is part of a series leading up to the publication of Beatboxing. *** In my new book Beatboxing: How Hip-Hop Changed the Fight Game, I uncover the unique connection between hip-hop and the sweet science, tracing a grassroots cultural movement from its origins in the South Bronx to its explosion across the globe and ultimately into the charged environment of the prize ring. How much rap artists draw inspiration from boxing has been largely overlooked. Rap’s best journalists often miss the

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