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Today in New York History

Joseph Paul DiMaggio, better known as Joe DiMaggio from his time as a player for the New York Yankees, hit his 2000th hit against the Cleveland Indians on this day in 1950. Not only was that a monumental day for the Yankee Clipper himself, but the Bronx Bombers walked away with a win against the Indians (8-2 Yankees).  DiMaggio also holds the record, till this day, of a 56-game hitting streak, and was selected to participate in the All-Star game every year during his 13-year career. Joltin’ Joe was also briefly married to Hollywood star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe in 1954. While we re-live history on this day, you can be a part of history in the making by watching Derek Jeter hit his 3000th hit with the New York Yankees…once he’s off the disabled list.

- Sandy Torres

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Jennifer Hudson Wakes Up Central Park

J Hud belts it out on GMA

After watching Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on TV year after year, I couldn’t believe I waited this long to experience it firsthand. It’s not easy to commit to starting your day at 4 A.M., but seeing Jennifer Hudson perform live this past Friday was completely worth it.

The Grammy award-winning singer’s amicable personality really shined as she interacted with the crowd.  You can’t help but feel a connection to her performance with her persistent eye contact with the fans and movement around the stage.  During sound check, fans cheered “J-Hud” and applauded as she answered back with smiles, waves, and by blowing kisses.

Everyone sang along to music from her sophomore album, which was released this past March and has been certified gold.  Jennifer performed songs such as, “I Got Me” and “I Remember Me”, while “Spotlight” from her debut album really had the crowd going. Although some artists struggle to deliver live performances, I was impressed by Jennifer’s undeniable vocal abilities in person.

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