Some celebrities save lives. Nipsey Russell almost took mine.
I was young, inexperienced in the ways of fame, and easily starstruck, walking the streets on Manhattanâ€™s Upper West Side, tethered to Grandmaâ€™s sturdy hand. I thought I was safe.
My worldview was narrowly illuminated by the nurturing glow of television. At the time, one of my favorite programs was _Match Game,_ a game show of minor celebrities that routinely slid from good taste to rude innuendo. It featured such guests as Gary Burghoff, Eva Gabor, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Julius â€œNipseyâ€ Russell, who parsed reality in rhyme, simple Read more