I'm out in sunny Oxnard, California this week with my boxing team as they fight in the PAL National Championships. I've started a new blog for our gym, where I will be featuring different young fighters every month and, hopefully, getting the kids to write things in their own words about fighting and life.
I'll be at the Village Vanguard every night through Sunday, soaking up the sounds of Tootie Heath with my husband Ethan on piano and Ben Street on drums. Their new album is my favorite in a long, long time. Nate Chinen got it right.
PHOTO: John Rogers
My husband's blog has an incredible interview with the Vanguard's manager Jed, the power behind the throne. Some legendary backstage stories in there.
Manwhile, I've been hard at work on profiles of two badass Japanese ladies.
Misato Kamegawa, three-time NYC Golden Gloves champ, took time to chat with me for Stiff Jab.
And Kelly Shibari is a BBW pornstar I'm profiling for Penthouse Forum. The research for this one has been fun...
Tiara Brown (blue) vs Queen Underwood in the lightweight final. Photo by Sue Jaye Johnson
It was an honor to witness the best fighters in the nation square off at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane. Many thanks to our Kalipel hosts at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino, all the referree/judges and trainers who give their time so generously to this sport, and my boon companions Raquel Ruiz and Sue Jaye Johnson, who provided the fabulous images I used all week in my daily posts on Stiff Jab.