New York Knicks point guard Chris Duhon says he’s played pickup basketball with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama before, and the candidate talks much trash on the court. MSG’s Jill Martin asked what in particular he would say. “‘You can’t guard me!’ Just random talk,” Duhon replied. “He knows the game. He’s like a point guard out there, and so he’s always telling guys where to go, what to do, very vocal.” Who won? “Oh, I won – he may be running for president, but I’m not going to let him win, not going to take it easy on him. I don’t take it easy on anyone.”
*The lineup for Lincoln Center’s 11th American Songbook series will include a March 6 concert by musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald. The Tony-winning creators of Passing Strange will perform music from their early career and the band they founded in 1995, The Negro Problem, as well as music from their acclaimed Broadway musical. The concert will be held at the Lincoln Center’s new Alice Tully Hall.
*Four years after separating from wife Kathy, the Rev. Al Sharpton may have found love again, reports New York Daily News columnists Rush & Malloy. The Rev won’t reveal the lady’s name, but he says it’s not Marjorie Harris, the former political adviser with whom he was once linked. “Let’s just say I’m not roaming around anymore,” laughs the civil rights activist. Meanwhile, he’ll be watching the election returns at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. He tells the columnists: “I intend to walk across the street to Dr. King’s grave with 1,000 people to have a candlelight vigil to thank him for starting the dream.” Meanwhile, Sharpton is “Shaken Not Stirred.” Actually it’s an uproarious TV show with “Vegas Style” flair; morphing the old-school roast with edgy nighttime talk – pushing the envelope with a full hour of straightforward and sexy, no-holds-barred comedic fun with some today’s most popular and controversial celebrities. The first installment welcomes Sharpton with a very candid conversation on his years as an activist, as well as, some insightful and humorous revelations about his upbringing. It premieres tomorrow night, October 29 on MyNetworkTV at 9 pm (ET/PT).
*Rush & Malloy is also reporting that 50 Cent will dedicate the Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson Community Garden at Foch Ave. and 165th St. in a ceremony to be held later today. The rapper, whose G Unity Foundation paid for the green space, will be joined by NY Restoration Project fairy godmother Bette Midler.