Right now I’m in Denver, Colorado, the Mile High City, about to do a 1-on-1 sit-down interview with Allen Iverson for ESPN, but there’s a few other things on my mind. I’ve got to be honest in saying at this moment, on this day, I’ve never been more proud to be associated with ESPN.
This Sunday, the World-Wide Leader will air the first of a two-part documentary entitled “Black Magic” – a story of the plight of basketball players at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).
This is must-see television, everybody. You absolutely HAVE TO SEE this documentary, a film by Dan Klores.
Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is featured in it, during his days at Winston-Salem State, along with the legendary Hall of Famer, former Temple University coach, John Chaney. So is Cleo Hill, also from my alma mater, Winston-Salem State. Earl Lloyd and Dick Barnett. Oscar Robertson and Elgin Baylor. Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, along with great coaches like John McClendon and my former coach, Clarence “Big House” Gaines.
But it’s not the individuals alone who make the film. It’s their story. A story of blatant, systemic racism overcome, through trials and tribulations incomprehensible to most us – clearly at the expense of these extraordinary individuals who, in most cases, used basketball to put their very lives on the line purely to provoke fairness for us all (i.e. John McClendon initiating an all-black team’s 88-44 annihilation of Duke University’s basketball team at a time when blacks weren’t allowed to compete against white ballplayers).
I’ll be honest: I cried watching this Documentary. Not just from realizing, once again, that I would never be where I am today were it not for these individuals, but also because after visualizing what these folks actually endured – and how ungrateful they must believe we all are for the sacrifices they made on our behalf.
Again, it’s must-see television. Scheduled to be aired on ESPN this Sunday and Monday night.
Don’t miss it.
BTW……I co-hosted the Steve Harvey Morning Show today with the morning crew. It’s Freedom Friday, so, unfortunately, I had to give it to Nephew Tommy a little bit, who completely underestimated my skills with the slow jamz (Starship, Lady (Whispers), Adore and Call Me (Prince), Just to be close (Lionel Richie), etc.
Shame on the brother! But I’m not going to hold it against him too much.
When ya don’t know,…ya don’t know. (smile!!!)
Feel free to send in comments on pick who won the battle.
P.S. Please don’t think I don’t read your emails. Although I’m quite busy at this moment in time to respond to everyone, I always have time to read comments, emails, etc. So keep’em coming.