‘You know, we always called each other good fellas.  Like you said to, uh, somebody, You’re gonna like this guy.  He’s alright.  He’s a good fella. He’s one of us.  You understand?’ I know more than once I’ve publicly stated my somewhat ‘necessary evil’ attitude toward networking.  Having said that, I just spent the […]

Song of the Day – ‘My Secret’

  There are not enough words to express the jealous rage an elementary school aged Aziz had for Ralph the first time he saw this video. WELL GUESS WHAT RALPH? I MOVED TO L.A. AND MET MAGIC AND HE SHOOK MY HAND AND THANKED ME FOR BEING A FAN MY WHOLE LIFE! HOW YOU LIKE […]

The Announcement

ESPN’s documentary ‘The Announcement’ didn’t have too many revelations, but was a bittersweet trip down memory road if you were any kind of Magic Johnson fan.    So how big of a Magic Johnson fan am I?  Well for the uninitiated… After Michael Jackson, Magic was easily my second biggest childhood idol, and my favorite […]

I Love L.A. – #1 The Los Angeles Lakers

  One of my earliest memories as a sports fan was turning to the news and literally watching the Kings leave town on their way to Sacramento.  I had my Chiefs and Royals, but I was an NBA free agent.  Like so many other black folks of the early 80s though, it didn’t take long […]

The Most Important Film of Black Cinema

While we all have different ‘favorite’ films in black cinema, it is my argument, using the criteria I’ve established (relevance to black culture, the legacy or shelf life of the project after the initial release, the actual craftmanship of the filmmaking, the degree to which the film was noticed/recognized by the mainstream, and the Apollo […]

Limitless – IV. Movies

My earliest memories of the movies were from the summers in Salina.  The local theatre would play these Sinbad serials as matinees, and we’d all ride our bikes home afterward and play out in the street.  Pirates, cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, what have you.  E.T. was the first ‘Hollywood’ movie I remember seeing at the […]


  The first time I recall scaring my mother I was still in elementary school.  I was straight A student, running for class president, pegged as ‘one of the good ones’ by church and family.  Anyway, I remember making a comment along the lines of “being on top of the world and still having nothing.”  […]

My 1st Sports Entry

  A quick primer for those of you who are unfamiliar with where my loyalties lie… College Basketball: the Jayhawks.  Do I enjoy playing the ‘sellout’ role a little too much for my KU friends?  Probably.  My first sports event ever, my father took me to Kemper Arena to watch the Final Four practice in […]