TOM BROKAW Says Good-bye to NBC "Nightly News"
By: Howard Stein
Microsoft On 'Blog' Bandwagon
By: Howard Stein

Hoping to keep more Internet users in its
branded universe,
Microsoft Corp. has
become the latest company to offer blogging
to the masses.

MSN Spaces, which debuts in test form
Thursday, makes it easy to set up Web
journals without needing highly technical
skills. It is targeted at home users who want
to share vacation pictures, text journals or a
list of favorite songs.

It is free to anyone with a Hotmail e-mail or
MSN Messenger account, both of which also
are free. MSN Spaces will be supported by
banner ads. Although Microsoft trails Google
and AOL, Gartenberg said it's not too late
because blogging is only just catching on
with mainstream users.

Microsoft already offers MSN Groups for
people to create their own Web site, but this
is the first time it is focusing on the growing
blogging phenomenon.
Veteran Vocalist FRANK JACKSON Latest Release "New York
After Dark" Features the Legendary San Francisco Singer In
the Company of Three of New York's Finest Musicians
Veteran broadcaster hands off NBC anchor chair bringing
viewers the news after nearly 23 years.
NBC anchor Tom Brokaw signed off Wednesday
expressing gratitude for what he got in return.

"Thanks for all that I have learned from you,” he said at the
end of his final “Nightly News” broadcast, with his voice
wavering just a bit. “That’s been my richest reward.”
Bassist Ron Carter, drummer
Kenny Washington, and the late
piano master James Williams
(in one of his final recordings),
along with guest saxophonist
“Whatever the story, I had only one objective: to get it right,” he said, adding
he was “always mindful that your patience and attention didn’t come with a
lifetime warranty.”

He closed with “You’ll see Brian Williams tomorrow night; I’ll see you along
the way.”
from Boston, Billy Pierce the project of classic standards culled
from the Great American Songbook, produced by Jackson on 13
titles, spans the jazz spectrum from bebop to ballads and blues.

From the opening track 'You Go to My Head' to the final cut 'It's
Monday Everyday', Frank Jackson demonstrates his way with
words, tastefully taking his time as he tells the lyrics story,
bringing life.
Gay Americans See Trouble Ahead
By: Howard Stein

Gay Americans say they are hurt, bewildered and confused about what they
see as a powerful outpouring of anti-gay sentiment. Some are renewing
efforts to change public sentiment while others are retreating.

This is life in America a month after the Nov. 2 presidential election, when
millions supporting “moral values” turned out to ban same-sex unions in 11
states and back a president who made opposition to gay marriage part of his
platform.

A year ago, the tide seemed to be turning in favor of equality for gay
Americans. Massachusetts moved to allow gay couples to wed. Large
corporations were extending health care benefits to partners of gay
employees, and many gays felt they were able to openly acknowledge their
relationships.
The Nobel Peace Prize Goes Hollywood As Tom Cruise
and Oprah Winfrey Join Forces to host a star-studded
celebration in snowy Oslo, Norway Thurs. Dec. 23, at 8
p.m. on "E"
JASMINE GUY Has A Life After "A
Different World"
By: Howard Stein
Oprah Winfrey &
Tom Cruise host the
Nobel Peace Prize
Concert for global
unity; debuts Thurs.
@ 8 p.m.on "E"
Channe, featuring
Jasmine Guy was once
best known as the
rambunctiously
glamorous, snooty Whitley
Gilbert on the NBC sitcom

“A
Different World”, now
she's the tough talking
Roxy, on Showtime's
“Dead Like Me.”
Is Mike Tyson's Career Over?
By: J.C. Lee
A comeback born out of
financial desperation
didn't go past the fourth
round Friday night when
an unheralded British
heavyweight by the name
of Danny Williams
knocked Tyson out with a
savagery that may have
once and for all exposed
Tyson as a shot fighter.

At age 38,
Tyson ran out
of energy after trying to
put Williams down for the
first three rounds and
was driven to the canvas
with a final right
performances by a globe-unitin' mix, including Andrea
Bocelli, Cyndi Lauper, Joss Stone and the Polyphonic
Spree.

Of course, it's not all about top guns and talk show
queens; Nobel Peace Prize winner
Wangari Maathai of
Kenya,
the first African woman to receive this award, will
be on hand for the philanthropic festivities.
The once member of the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Center
says the role of
Roxy, who’s been working as a meter
maid, appealed to her because she was
“different from anything I had played. She
was hard. She was asexual. She didn’t
have much to say, and when she spoke it
was potent. I loved that”,
Jasmine revealed.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF AMERICA HONOR
DENZEL WASHINGTON AT JUNE 9 FUNDRAISING
DINNER --GUESTS AT STAR-STUDDED EVENT
INCLUDED DINNER CO-CHAIR
BUTCH LEWIS,  
MICHAEL JORDAN, MUHAMMAD ALI, JOE
FRAZIER
, WESLEY SNIPES, ROBERT
DENIRO
, AND JAY-Z
By: Gatsby Melodi
Tyson watches referee Dennis Alfred count him out in
4th round in Louisville, Ky. Friday, July 30, 2004
“I love my new cop uniform. It’s navy blue. It’
s sharp. I wear comfortable shoes, but I
look cool!” Guy boasts.

Born in Boston, Guy, 40, grew up in
Atlanta,
where her father is a Baptist minister.

“I really wanted to be
Ruby Dee. I loved
Ruby Dee in ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’ I had not
seen anybody else (on-screen) that looked
like me. I had heard about
Dorothy
Dandridge, but when I was a little kid I
hadn’t seen her work.”

Guy was taken by her parents when she
was about 10 to see the
Alvin Ailey
company perform. She then became
“single-minded” in her determination to be
a dancer.

Guy met her husband, businessman
Terrence Duckette, while touring with the
show “Chicago” in Chicago. They now live
in
Los Angeles with 5-year-old daughter
Imani.

“She came out and my ambition flew right
out the window,” says
Guy, who initially
thought she wouldn’t work again and “just
stay home and take care of the booboo.”

Earlier this year,
Guy had her first book
published, “
Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a
Revolutionary.” It’s a record of the
conversations she had over many years
with her friend, the mother of slain rapper-
actor
Tupac Shakur. It explores Afeni
Shakur’s journey from being a Black
Panther, through periods of drugs and
despair, to recovery and pride in the
legacy
of her late son.
hand that may have signaled the end of his hopes to become a serious
heavyweight contender again.

Beaten and battered, Tyson laid helplessly along the ropes, blood flowing
down his face. The former baddest man on the planet stared ahead with a
look of resignation on his face as his latest comeback - and perhaps his
tumultuous career - collapsed along with him.
The Boys and Girls Club of
America’s (BGCA) Annual
President’s Dinner, the
organization’s most prestigious
fundraising event of the year, was
held Wednesday, June 9, at the
Waldorf-Astoria. This year’s BGCA
black tie dinner honored its
national spokesman, two-time
Academy Award winner
Denzel
Washington. The acclaimed actor
was presented with the BGCA’s
highest honor, the Herbert Hoover
Humanitarian Award.
Fighting in Muhammad Ali's hometown before a
crowd that cheered his every move, Tyson tried
with every punch to score the kind of spectacular
knockout that would make him a heavyweight
contender once again.

But Williams wouldn't go down, weathered the
storm, and then came back to dish out more
punishment. Tyson, who left without talking, won
the first three rounds, but Williams was landing
well to the head. When he began throwing
punch after punch with Tyson near a neutral
corner, Tyson couldn't answer back.
Mr. & Mrs. Denzel
Washington
Famed sports and entertainment
promoter Butch Lewis,served as  
the dinner co-chair,  attending the
dinner includied NBA legend
Michael Jordan; Hollywood
superstars
Wesley Snipes, Robert
DeNiro, Angela Bassett and
Courtney Vance; Hip Hop icons Jay-
Z,
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and
Ludacris; R&B crooner and music
producer
Isaac Hayes; television
stars
Judge Greg Mathis and actor
Daryl “Chill” Mitchell of
NBC’s TV
show “Ed”; actor
Leon; and former
world heavyweight champions
Muhammad Ali, “Smokin” Joe
Frazier, and Michael Spinks. Also
present will be NBA All Star Alonzo
Mourning, Robert Johnson,
BET
Founder, and new NBA franchise
owner of the Charlotte Bobcats;
political activist and presidential
candidate
Rev. Al Sharpton; and
supermodel
Naomi Campbell.
Tyson tries to get up before
fight was ended at 2:51 of
fourth round, after being
knocked to canvas by
England's Danny Williams,
who hovers in foreground
Lending Creativity Is Philadelphia Based CarMul Productions -
Headed by Songwriters/Producers IVAN BARIAS & CARVIN HAGGINS -
A Sound Piece For Established And Up and Coming Artists
 
The year 2001 marked the birth of one of the most
well respected Music Production companies in the
industry,  the Philadelphia based, CarMuI
Productions (pronounced Karma), established by
Songwriters/Producers Ivan Barias and Carvin
Haggins.  
Sitting Carvin
Haggins, Standing
Ivan Barias
Wesley Snipes
Musiq Soulchild’s debut album Aijuswanaseing (I Just Wanna Sing) and
his sophomore CD Juslisen (Just Listen,) were produced by Barias and
Haggins, selling millions.

Doing what most
producers only think about doing, these business savvy
men learned the importance of ownership early in the game.  With their
new state-of-the-art recording facility Home Cookin Studios (a joint venture
with Mama’s Boys Music Group), Barias and Haggins are no doubt
developing sounds for established artists as well.

Upcoming projects from CarMuI Productions include the new album by
Earth Wind and Fire as well as projects from Musiq, Joe, John B, Jill Scott,
Mario and The Roots.  The duo has recently been in the studio with Faith
Evans, Brian McNight, Novel as well as
Wayne Brady and they have also
produced two songs (a remake of “Black Butterfly” for  
Patti LaBelle and
“Justonight: for Musiq) for the
Johnson Family Vacation soundtrack.

CarMui have also lent their producing talents to Justin Timberlake.  They
say "it will come as no surprise that CarMuI and Home Cookin Studios
have been setup to dictate the R&B market."

The duo is also working to give up-and-coming artists a chance to be
noticed in a big way.  CarMuI recently produced the R& B soul female
group Aaries  (on Mama’s Boys/Atlantic Records) as well as International
artist Toshi who will have his CD released on Sony Music.

With the ability to adapt and combine previous music generation lovers
and the music lovers of today, look for CarMuI to bridge the gap between
Baby Boomers, our often-misunderstood Generation X’ers and the future
Tweens of tomorrow.
CBS News anchor Dan Rather
presented the Champion of Youth
Award to Sumner Redstone of
Viacom, an outstanding corporate
partner of the
BGCA.

The event holds particular
significance for
Mr. Washington.
As a former member of the Mount
Vernon
Boys and Girls Club of
America, he has personally
pledged several million dollars
toward building a new $10 million
BGCA facility in Mount Vernon, NY.
Part of the evening‘s proceeds are
earmarked for the new facility.

The event was hosted by the very
funny and very talented King of
Comedy,
Cedric the Entertainer.
JIMMY HEATH TO DEBUT HIS
COMPOSITION ³BIRD IS THE WORD²
COMMISSIONED BY CITY PARKS
FOUNDATION Aug 21st &  Aug 22nd

New York, NY -- City Parks Foundation is
proud to announce the 2004 Charlie Parker
Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place on
Saturday, August 21 at Marcus Garvey Park
in
Harlem, and Sunday, August 22 at
Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.  

The 12th annual festival will feature a stellar
lineup that includes the legendary
saxophonist
Jimmy Heath, who will be
debuting his composition, ³Bird is the
Word,² commissioned by City Parks
Foundation.  Other artists appearing
include vocalist Vanessa Rubin, drummer
Terri Lyne Carrington, alto saxophonist
Kenny Garrett, pianist/vocalist Rachel Z and
many others.  Both days of performances
are free to the public.

** Directions to Marcus Garvey Park:
Located just south of the 125th Street
shopping corridor along the axis of Fifth
Avenue in Central Harlem, Marcus Garvey
Park is easily accessible by public
transportation. Take the 7th Avenue
Express number 2 or 3 trains; the Lexington
Avenue number 4, 5 or 6 trains; or Metro
North to 125th Street. The M1 bus passes
along the park and the M7, M60, M98, M100,
M101, M102 and Bx15 buses all stop just a
short walk away.

** Directions to Tompkins Square Park:
Located between 7th to 10th streets in the
East Village, Manhattan, between Avenue A
& B. Take the L train to First Avenue. Walk
South and East.
Robert DeNiro
Dinner co-chair Lewis, also a
BGCA alumnus, is a close friend of
Mr. Washington’s and was  
instrumental in organizing the
event. Known for thinking “outside
the box”, Mr. Lewis wanted to make
sure the event took a memorable
detour from the usual corporate
“black tie affair.” He took the time
IBM May Sell PC Unit
By: Howard Stein

International Business Machines has put its personal computer business
up for sale and expects to get $1 billion to $2 billion for its desktops,
laptops and notebooks, according to a media report Friday.

IBM, which built its first personal computer in 1981, was of the pioneering
companies that brought PCs into the business and consumer
mainstream worldwide. But IBM sold its PC manufacturing operations in
2002 and now contributes only product design and development to the
personal computers that carry its name, the Times said.

IBM currently ranks third in the worldwide PC market, with 5.6 percent
share behind Dell's 16.8 percent and Hewlett-Packard's 15 percent,
according to the Times.

A sale would be consistent with Chief Executive Samuel J. Palmisano's
strategy of selling hardware businesses with slim profits and limited
growth prospects, the Times said.
to reach out to friends such as former world heavyweight
champions
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.  

Lewis said “Only an occasion like this could bring these
two heavyweight greats together.  They have what many
consider the greatest rivalry in all of sports; yet because of
their mutual respect for
Denzel they agreed to be seated at
the same table for this special event. There was such a
buzz around the event my phone rang constantly with
celebrity guests who want to support
Denzel and be a part
of  an unforgettable evening.”

Mr. Lewis was quick to point out, “although the BGCA’s
President’s dinner wias an unforgettable star studded
evening, we shouldn’t lose sight of the significance of the
evening or the ultimate beneficiaries -- the kids. Proceeds
from the dinner will enable
Boys & Girls Club of America to
continue to increase the number of Clubs nationwide and
ensure the highest quality programs and services for
some of America’s neediest young people.”
Oprah & Jurors Discuss Murder Trial On Her Show
By: Howard Stein
Oprah Winfrey said she would not want to serve
as a juror in a murder trial again, but she
enjoyed getting to know her fellow jurors - and
invited them to her show to talk about the
experience.

"You're not allowed to discuss anything to do
with the trial until the whole thing is over, and so
you get to know people really, really well
because you're trying to talk about everything
else," Winfrey said during a show taped
Tuesday and broadcast Thursday.

Winfrey was one of 12 jurors who convicted a
Chicago man of murder Aug. 18.
Barack Obama Published A
Memoir In 1995 - Now Hotter Than Ever -  
Book Is Re-released
“Dreams from My Father: A Story of
Race and Inheritance”
By: J C Lee
In 1995, Barack Obama
published a memoir, and like
most memoirs of honorable yet
relatively obscure individuals, it
came and went. But a little
publicity can do a lot, and there’s
no better way to goose sales and
create demand than a rousing
speech on national television.
Oprah Winfrey
arrives for jury duty
at the Cook County
Criminal Court
Building
HEALTH AND PENSION BENEFITS SEMINAR For Jazz &
Freelance Musicians March 28, 2005
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Local 802 AFM Headquarters  
322 West 48th  Street, New York

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Health Insurance for Musicians - What are
your options? - Panelists: Gloria McCormick,  
Administrator, Local 802 Health Benefit Fund; James
Brown, Actors Fund of America; Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive
Director Jazz Foundation of America;   Dee Dee Acquisto,
Director Health & Human Services, Musicares
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Pension Benefits - How you can plan a
more secure future. - Panelists:  Maureen Kilkelly,  AFM &
EPF Fund Administrator; Bill Dennison, Recording Vice
President, Local 802; Jimmy Owens, Trumpet, Local 802
Jazz Advisory Committee; Bob Cranshaw, Bass, Local 802
Jazz Advisory Committee.
7 p.m. - Jazz Foundation Monday Night Jam Session
Winfrey briefly discussed the experience with other jurors who sat in
the audience of her show. One said Winfrey asked the other jurors to
sing whenever she went to the bathroom attached to the jury room to
drown out the noise. Winfrey, looking embarrassed, verified the story
and said one of the songs the jurors chose to sing was "Kumbaya."

Winfrey invited the jurors to stay after the show for a lunch prepared
by her personal chef.
After the Democratic National Convention,
where the nominee for the U.S. Senate from
Illinois got a overwhelmingly positive reception,
interest in his book was revived. “Dreams from
My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” will
be re-released this week. It tells about his
personal odyssey to unearth the histories of
both his father’s and mother’s families, and
how certain discoveries helped shape the man
he is today. A publishing strategy of going
small, waiting 10 years, and then publishing
again in volume may not always be the wisest
course of action, but it works for some. (Three
Rivers Press)
Cast of Paramount's
highly successful TV
series "EVE" take
time out to pose
during celebration of
another hit season.
CBS News Correspondent Beat the Disorderly
Conduct Charge Against the
60 Minutes
Mainstay
By: J. C. Lee
New York's Taxi and Limousine
Commission said it would not
pursue a disorderly conduct
charge against 86-year-old CBS
GOTHAM Diaries
Written By Tonya Lewis Lee & Crystal McCrary
Anthony - A Book
So Good Even Spike Lee Says It's A
Hit!
By: Gatsby Melodi'
GOTHAM Diaries Continued
News Correspondent Mike Wallace, who was
arrested earlier this month during a
confrontation with two TLC inspectors outside a
Manhattan restaurant.

The
60 Minutes mainstay was handcuffed and
taken to a police precinct on Aug. 10 after he and
his driver clashed with inspectors while
Wallace
picked up a takeout order at a restaurant. He
was issued a summons and released.

Wallace said he left the restaurant to find two
inspectors interviewing his driver, who they said
was double-parked. He said he asked the
inspectors what was going on and they told him
to get back in the car. They arrested him after he
pressed them. The inspectors had claimed
Wallace lunged at them.

"I find it difficult to lunge into bed," the
86-year-old
Wallace countered.

Allan Fromberg, a spokesman for the TLC, said
an investigation had determined that the
inspector who had handcuffed Wallace had not
yet received his special patrolman status, which
authorizes inspectors to use handcuffs and write
summonses. Both inspectors were placed on
desk duty, would be issued warnings and would
be required to undergo retraining in conflict
resolution, Fromberg said.

"Why a man in his 80s was so threatening that
they had to arrest him when they normally don't
arrest anybody certainly gives you cause to ask
the question," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said
earlier this month. "Why he'd have to be
handcuffed and led away, or whatever
happened, I don't know, but you can rest
assured we will be looking into it."

Wallace has been with CBS since the 1950s
and on its flagship
60 Minutes newsmagazine
since its inception in 1968.
GOTHAM DIARIES is a peek
inside a world of privilege and
money that has managed to keep
itself hidden. It is also a direct
challenge to the idea that fiction
about Black women will follow a
certain formula. The characters
plot and maneuver against one
another in the name of friendship,
ambition and charity. It offers a
new look at New York's glamour.
I met Spike Lee at a junket here in
New York City, a few weeks ago,
promoting his new film,
"She Hate
Me", and I was totally  impressed
with his overt display of love for
what he called a "must read"
written by his wife Tonya Lee. Now
that's a good husband, I thought to
myself. He said, "the book is titled
Gotham Diaries, and you have got
to check it out."
Pictured l to r Tonya
Lewis Lee and Crystal
McCrary Anthony
Tonya Lewis Lee, Esq, former corporate attorney turned
writer and children’s television producer, received her B.
A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988 and her Juris
Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in
1991.  After practicing law at the firm of Nixon, Hargrave,
Devans and Doyle in Washington, D.C., where she
primarily serviced Gannett Co., Inc. on corporate and First
Amendment issues, she turned to writing and producing
for television. Since 1998, she has produced Black
History Month interstitials for Nickelodeon and Nick at
Nite featuring various celebrities including Gregory Hines,
Savion Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Queen Latifah.

In 2002 she co-authored the book
Please Baby Please
with her husband Spike Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.  
She lives in New York with her husband,
Spike, and their
two children, ages 6 and 9.  
GOTHAM DIARIES is her first
foray into novel writing. Hyperion published the book in
July 2004.


Crystal McCrary Anthony, Esq., is a cum laude graduate of
the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (B.A., 1991) where
she double-majored in English and Communications.
She then attended Washington College of Law at the
American University and New York University School of
Law (J.D., 1995). Crystal practiced entertainment law
specializing in theatre production and publishing
contracts with the New York firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,
Wharton and Garrison before leaving to pursue a full-time
career in writing.  Since that time she has written for
several magazines and co-authored the Blackboard best-
selling novel Homecourt Advantage. She lives in New
York City with her two children.
GOTHAM DIARIES though released (July 2004), is
already set for a second printing after an initial run of
100,000 copies. No doubt this delve into the gilded
world of New York's African-American elite and
upwardly mobile blacks is one satire that makes the
most of its delicious details.

About the book, Tonya Lewis Lee says "We didn't
want our book to be heavy. We need to be able to
laugh at ourselves."

"The market for contemporary black fiction is
booming", says Matt Campbell, the head buyer of
African-American fiction for Waldenbooks, adding ,"In
the past two years alone, sales at our stores have
grown 25 percent each year."  

Here is an excerpt from
Chapter 40  -  "Manny did not
want to leave New York. Every time he stepped out of
his home, he was exhilarated by the pulse of the city
and excited by what the new day might bring.  Manny
Marks had been able to come up from the south an
anonymous character with a few dollars in his pocket,
and turn himself into a respectable man who
provided an important service to the upper crust. He
had been on the cusp of ultimate success when his
life spun out of control. As he thought about the mess
that his world had become, he had to consider who
was at fault."

Like most authors of juicy society novels, Tonya
Lewis Lee and Crystal McCray Anthony insist that the
people and events in GOTHAM DIARIES are purely
fictional, but Anthony who is separated from ex-NBA
star Greg Anthony says, "I definitely know people who
have a social agenda in this town and who will step
over you to reach that goal."  Both Lee and Anthony
admit to enduring trials similar to those that their
heroine, socialite Lauren Thomas faces in figuring
out just who she can trust.

Crafting a fast-paced plot around the ruthless pursuit
of Manhattan's real estate, the authors spin a
cautionary tale about the limits of money and status.
Jasmine Guy and
her daughter Imani
arrive on the red
carpet for the
Disney premiere of
"The Princess
Diaries 2: The
Royal
Engagement,"
Aug. 7, 2004.
Tyra Banks Returns Wednesday
September 22nd With A Brand New
TOP
MODEL On UPN Network 8Pm ET/PT
COMING THIS FALL
Get ready to watch an all-new group of
participants try to prove that they can make it in
the high-stress, high-stakes world of
supermodeling.
Freddy Adu At Age 14
Already Plays Soccer Like A Man
By: Ashley Eli
Actress Raven salutes her fans
as she arrives at the world
premiere of Walt Disney
Pictures' "The Princess Diaries
2: Royal Engagement, at the
Disneyland Resort in
Anaheim, CA, Aug. 7, 2004
Stedman Graham Talks About
Hs New Book
"Move  Without  the  Ball"
By: Howard Stein
Every time you think
you've seen him do
something impossible,
he does something
else that seems
impossible the next
day. He has quickness
and agility to maneuver
with the ball. The
things he
Stedman Graham   long
known in the public eye as
Oprah Winfrey's
Singers Whitney Houston and
Bobby Brown and their daughter
Bobbi Brown arrive on the red
carpet for the Disney premiere of
"The Princess Diaries 2: The
Royal Engagement," Aug. 7,
2004.
Freddy Adu
significant other, is a motivational speaker whose mission is to
help teenagers make the most of their lives and he talks about
his new book, "
Move Without the Ball."

"Most of us in the world do the same thing over and over every
day. If you do the same thing today as you did yesterday as you’
d do tomorrow, what have you done? Nothing", explains
Graham.

He says he was inspired to write the book by his own
experience growing up and desiring to play professional
basketball, and his realization that there is more to life than
sports.

In his book he lays out statistics that he calls “Reality Checks,”
in which he points out that only 5 percent of high school
athletes go on to become college athletes, and only one
percent even get to play at division one level. Also, only about
one in 10,000 athletes go on to become professional athletes.  
And yet 67 percent of black males, and 37 percent of white
males between the ages of 13 and 18 believe they’ll play
professional sports.

“No B plan. No C plan,” Graham says. "and when you don’t
make it, you know what happens? You may lose your life. You
may wind up in prison. I’ve worked in the prison system for five
years, and most of those folks in prison didn’t have a direction.”

“The lesson,” Graham says, is that your life as a professional
athlete, if you achieve it, would last only for a short period of
time. The average is three years that you’ll play professional
sports. So what are you going to do after 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73,
83, 93, 103, people are living longer today."

"It’s not going to last forever. You better have something else to
do. Better have other skills. We need to learn ourselves. We
need to learn to move without the ball."
could do, his balance, his coordination, set him
apart.   Perhaps what is most amazing about
Adu is that he's just 14, and for the past few
years, he has been coveted as one of the most
promising up-and-coming stars. Now the USA
can finally claim him as one of its own.

A native of Ghana, Freddy immigrated with his
mother, Emelia, and brother, Fredua, to
Potomac, Md., six years ago.  Last year he was
issued a U.S. passport when his mother
became an American citizen. Athletically
talented, Adu also is academically gifted. He
skipped a grade in middle school while living in
Maryland. He's always been ahead of his years.

When he steps between the lines, he's not 14.
His ability to stop and start is incredible. He
brings a different game than what you'd think
you would see from a kid. It's like he's been
through a world championship, just with his
poise and his physical attributes.

Adu was 11 when he first drew attention by
reportedly turning down a $750,000 offer to play
for Italy's power club, Inter Milan. His mother,
who was working two jobs at the time, thought it
was better that her son stay close to home and
continue his education. Ever since, Adu has
been in the media spotlight. requests from print
and electronic media including
Sports
Illustrated
, Newsweek, 60 Minutes and Nightline.
So many media outlets called to interview Adu
before matches Soccer officials stopped
granting interviews with him.
Wearing Armani,
costars
Denzel
Washington and
Kimberly Elise took
time out to pose on
the red carpet  at
The Manchurian
Candidate premiere
in New York. His
classy Armani
pinstripe suit and
orange checked tie
subtly accents her
Armani peach
beaded silk gown
Patty Duke is honored
with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of
Fame, August 17, 2004