Big Rube’s Philly: Deborah Mayfield of Admirations Hair It Iz

The chef and photographer pays a visit to a longtime friend, a salon owner reestablishing South Street as a Black mecca — one woman at a time

By Reuben Harley

Big Rube’s Philly: Big Nick’s and Lil’ Nicks

The iconic brand-maker, photographer, chef and Philadelphian talks to an Italian American father and son with side-by-side market and hoagie shops

By Reuben Harley

Big Rube’s Philly: Brielle Kimmins, AKA AprilFoolChild

The chef / photographer reconnects with an old muse, and finds a kindred spirit — a fellow artist and polymath with deep Philly roots and an eye for what’s next

By Reuben Harley

Big Rube’s Philly: Babe on 52nd Street

Ted Hall opened his women’s boutique in 1972. Today, a legendary chef and photographer honors one of the last Black-owned businesses on the Strip

By Reuben Harley

Big Rube’s Philly: Thanksgiving with Nan

The legendary photographer and chef recalls how his families gatherings went down — and offers a couple of tips for making your turkey tastier

By Reuben Harley

Big Rube’s Philly: Hug the Block

The legendary photographer and chef sees old friends and appreciates a new paradigm for keeping Philly safe

By Reuben Harley

Big Rube’s Philly: Mal’s Barber Shop

Mal Robinson, whose one-man shop in Southwest Philly is an enclave of respect, conversation and relaxation for Black men and boys, talks about choices with the iconic Philly photographer, chef and style icon

By Reuben Harley

Big Rube’s Philly: Philly Fashion Week

One of the bigger shows at last week’s stylish event had to relocate on the fly to an unexpected runway. It was beautiful.

By Reuben Harley