Roosevelt Islander Jonn Nubian’s Conversation with A Martinez


Jonn Nubian’s wide-ranging interview with A Martinez, now starring in the Netflix series Cowboy Bebop, travels from John Wayne to the “space western about bounty hunters,” heading up YRB’s spring issue. Nubian is Editor-in-Chief, snagging one fascinating interview after another.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

From the cover of YRB’s Spring 2022 Issue.

“Getting out the Spring print issue has been a hassle,” Nubian told The Daily, but not because of the content. Instead, it was “a paper shortage and the increase in gas prices.”

YRB (Yellow Red Blue) is a lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It covers topics such as music, fashion, film, TV and art. The magazine started as a retail catalog before evolving into a national print magazine in 1999. Today, it has a circulation of over 200,000 copies and is read by millions of people every month. YRB magazine is headquartered in New York City.

A Martinez Long, Still Dynamic Career

Martinez’s earliest days on film included lucking into a part in The Cowboys, starring John Wayne and released in 1972. The intriguing part of that story is Wayne’s blatant racism. “I believe in white supremacy,” he said in a May, 1971, Playboy interview.

But A Martinez’s journey through many avenues – from John Wayne to playing Stax, the Syndicate Capo, in Cowboy Bebop – that makes for a great ride. With his laid back but deeply aware style, Nubian talks shop with the star in A Martinez on Ambulance, Cowboy Bebop, John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Michael Bay and the miracle of Big breaks.

Nothing I can add here does this great read enough justice. But you can read it and more in the spring issue of YRB, lead by Roosevelt Islander Jonn Nubian.

In 2020, Jonn Nubian Interviewing “bad bitch” Sophia Chang.

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