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click to enlarge Thomas J. Cox and Kamal Angelo Bolden

Thomas J. Cox and Kamal Angelo Bolden

Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 16 2016
Price: $38-$68
Emile Griffith is the sort of historical anomaly who should naturally inspire great dramas. Born poor on the Island of Saint Thomas in 1938, he was sexually abused by a male relative and abandoned by his mother when she became a sex worker—a development that so horrified him he pleaded for admittance to the local reformatory. At 15 he found his way to New York City and took a job in a hat factory, a natural fit as he'd been designing elaborate millinery for years. One hot day, so the legend goes, he asked for permission to work shirtless, and when the factory owner saw his rippling physique he ushered the teen to renowned boxing trainer Gil Clancy, who led Griffith to six world titles in two different weight classes. Continue reading >>
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