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Bessie Coleman Helped Black Women Soar

Bessie Coleman Helped Black Women Soar

The “friendly skies” of aviation have not always been that friendly to women pilots.  Currently there are about 4,000 women airline pilots out of the nearly 80,000 male airline pilots.  The first female airline pilot...
Bebop and Beyond

Bebop and Beyond

Herbie Hancock has just been awarded the 2008 Grammy award for Album of the Year -- a collaborative effort with Joni Mitchell. I've known Herbie since I was in high school. The night of my...
Care & Maintenance of the Over-50 Athlete: Core Fitness

Care & Maintenance of the Over-50 Athlete: Core Fitness

When I was a kid, most of the fathers over 50 would settle into their sofas at night with a beer and watch TV. Until the remote was invented (the first was in 1950, from...
Star Wars, NBA-Style

Star Wars, NBA-Style

As we approach the NBA All-Star break, we are witnessing the cumulative effect of much maneuvering on the part of the more dominant franchises. The Spurs -- the  defending champs -- are the only team...
The Real History of the Light Bulb

The Real History of the Light Bulb

I’m currently writing a children’s book, What Color Is My Day? How African-American Inventors Affect Your Daily Life, that shows children how many conveniences that they take for granted every day were actually the result...
Cypress College Students Impress Basketball Legend

Cypress College Students Impress Basketball Legend

I had the opportunity to address the students and high school guests at Cypress College for Black History Month this afternoon. It is very important to get the message to them that their education is...
How to Shoot a Skyhook … after 50

How to Shoot a Skyhook … after 50

The 50-plus player can still run with a younger crowd at the park or fitness club, but it's best to avoid knocking around in the mosh pit under the basket. One trick the guys won't...
Musicians Play Politics

Musicians Play Politics

I was honored to work with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas at the Record Plant in Hollywood and help him with the "Yes We Can Video" inspired by Barack Obama's speech. In less than...
Giants Rule the World!

Giants Rule the World!

I was very happy to see the Giants win because when I was a kid they always lost the important games. I remember when they lost to Baltimore in 1958, in 1960 when they lost...
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Kareem says, “Yes We Can!”

I recently joined will.i.am at the Record Plant in Hollywood and helped him do the "Yes We Can" video for the Obama campaign.  I worked with will.i.am on my audio book project On the Shoulders...