ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Knocks Gay Jason Collins STRAIGHT!

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann Knocks Gay Jason Collins STRAIGHT!

Keith pays tribute to the first openly gay player in one of the four major sports. And it’s not Jason Collins. On “Olbermann”, Keith talked about Glenn Burke, the LA Dodger who was the first openly gay athlete in major sports over 30 years before Jason Collins, and he hits a sweet spot. It’s personal, rational and ends with a shocking twist.
Glenn Burke, the Real First Openly Gay Athlete in Professional Sports
Glenn Keith
“If I can make friends honestly, it may be a step toward gays and straight people understanding each other. Maybe they’ll say, ‘He’s all right, there’s got to be a few more all right.’ Maybe it will begin to make it easier for other young gays to go into sports.” Glenn Burke
Those are the words of Major League Baseball’s first openly gay player. While the national media covers Jason Collins‘ first minutes on the court as an openly gay professional basketball player and the NFL network constantly breaks down rookie Michael Sam‘s combine stats, we forget about the ORIGINAL sports pioneer.
Glenn Burke played 225 games in the majors as a Dodger and as a member of the Athletics, with 523 at-bats, a .237 average, two home runs, 38 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. While those numbers remain far from stellar, he contributed as a spirited member of the locker room, well liked by his teammates.
Dusty Hi 5 Glenn aft HRMajor League Baseball didn’t either know how to deal with his sexual orientation or chose not to. The media wouldn’t touch the story until years after he left the game. Glenn Burke was a trailblazer who arrived on the scene long before our culture knew how to embrace him.
Over the next few weeks, forgive me if I seem apathetic towards media reports about the progress of Mr. Sam or Mr. Collins in their Collins Big Herorespective sports. We live in 2014. A player’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have any bearing on how well they throw a ball or how much weight they can lift. While they may have overcome hardships in their quest to seek a career in professional sports while maintaining their authenticity as a person, it pales in comparison to Burke’s journey more than 35 years ago. Most of us have come a long way since then, although you wouldn’t know it by the actions of a few knuckle-draggers.
I would write more about it, but wordsmith and sports personality Keith Olbermann eloquently sums it up better in 5 minutes than most professional journalists could with an entire novel.
The next time you read or hear a story about a gay athlete, remember outfielder Glenn Burke.
If you have any interest in learning more about his journey, check out his story from the 1982 issue of Inside Sports chronicling Burke’s time as a professional baseball player. Heartbreaking, courageous, inspiring and tragic… all words to describe the tale of professional sports’ first openly gay athlete.
Watch “Olbermann” weeknights on ESPN2 at 11pm ET

Marshawn Lynch’s Quiet Power Behind Seahawks’ Super Run

EDITOR’S NOTE: Michael Silver wrote this piece after an exclusive interview with Marshawn Lynch last week, when the running back wasn’t sure if he would attend Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. On Tuesday, Lynch did indeed appear at the event to briefly speak with the assembled media before spending some additional time with NFL Network’s …
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  ESPN will film a TV Sports Special with me on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Berkeley Masjid, 2716 Derby Street, Berkeley, CA 94705, iA.

Also, the Special show on baseball great Lyman Bostock is airing tonight, Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm EST/7pm PDT on the Major League Baseball (MLB) network.


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“When our players help those in our community, they feel the reward that comes with community service. This initiative encourages positive behavior. It will have a profound impact on those who interact with our student-athletes.”
-Hodari McGavock, Founder of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares
NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) Introduction
NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) Private Coaching
Sports and Social Media Infographic
NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) Academic Services
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp STEM Educational Model
About Coach Mac 
NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB) is a non-profit community outreach program devoted to charitable, social services, athletic, educational, scientific, literary and educational purposes to foster national and international amateur sports competition, the administration, supervision, coordination or implementation of a sports, recreation or community services program for an individual, group, association, organization, municipality, county agency, recreation district, community Federation, incorporated association, school, university, college, school district, a branch or service area of the armed forces, or not for profit youth serving agency, or any agency that is the provider of educational and/or recreational sports services in the world, to plan, teach, promote, fund, administer and/or operation of supplemental physical, academic, and personal development and revitalization programs to enrich the curriculum of basic education offered to students at academic institutions resulting in expanded employment, economic prosperity, and business opportunities, to develop the game of Basketball in the United States and abroad, and to conduct fundraising activities for the support of such programs and to provide such charitable services that are associated with such purpose as allowed by law.NO BOOKS, NO BALL (NBNB), the top basketball talent development company in the nation, continues to advance its mission of working with the youth from our communities that are in need of a positive environment and guidance for their future. Through basketball development training and strategies, we teach players from elementary to professional level to develop their social and life skills. The lessons they learn, allow them to excel in life and give back to their community.
Through our programs, we have seen lives change for the better both on and off the court. The philosophy of NO BOOKS, NO BALL focuses on the principles of community outreach, work ethic, dedication, healthy nutrition, exercise, and academic success. Our organization strives to teach the youth about perseverance, motivation, team work, self-determination and overcoming adversity. The goal of NO BOOKS, NO BALL is to continue to make a difference in the lives of our youth and in our society.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL provide the best Professional coaching and offer an opportunity for you to get your game to the next level. Whether it is preparing for summer league, pro training camp or for an upcoming season, professional players can expect a customized program that’s proven to develop talent.
All of our coaches provide a similar philosophy towards the private training concept. In fact, here at NO BOOKS, NO BALL we highly recommend that student athletes experience all of our coaches because with each coach, you will learn more and more little things that will enhance your performance on the court.
Please note – during the private training sessions, the coaches provide a lot of valuable knowledge that the student athlete will receive by coming to the private training session. NO BOOKS, NO BALL coach management team truly believes that doing private training will elevate your performance on the court, but it takes time to really reach the student athletes fullest potential. This falls in line with our NBNB player development philosophy.  NBNB provides the best instructors in the Nation.NO BOOKS, NO BALL’s goal is to:
• to foster national and international amateur sports competition,
• the administration, supervision, coordination or implementation of a sports, recreation or community services program for an individual, group, association, organization, municipality, county agency, recreation district, community Federation, incorporated association, school, university, college, school district, a branch or service area of the armed forces, or not for profit youth serving agency, any agency that is the provider of educational and/or recreational sports services in the world,
• to plan, teach, promote, fund, administer and/or operation of supplemental physical, academic, and personal development and revitalization programs to enrich the curriculum of basic education offered to students at academic institutions resulting in expanded employment, economic prosperity, and business opportunities,
• to develop the game of Basketball in the United States and abroad,
• assist organizations throughout the world in setting up Sports Camps as support groups,
• provide charitable assistance to those in need helping the hurting, poor, and needy to restore and empower themselves to make their dreams a reality,
• provide structured housing and supportive services at Sports Camps for young people in the process of overcoming life’s problems and those reintegrating back into society from homelessness and incarceration.
Funding support is open to the public at large, who believe in our mission and who donate freewill
contributions. Donors may be individuals, churches, ministries, businesses, communities and other public and private entities.
Hello All,NO BOOKS, NO BALL is offering it’s Private Coaches Lesson schedule for your registration. Our availability is now offering more times with more coaches because of the outstanding demand!

To learn more about private lessons or to book a private lesson please call us at 510-394-4575 or email, ,

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the email address listed above or you may call us at 510-394-4575.

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NO BOOKS, NO BALL Private and Semi-Private sessions include:Personalized skill development
Position specific fundamentals
Position specific fundamentals
Speed & agility training
Written player evaluations and progress analysis
Home work-out agenda
Skill development will be optimized to work on player’s individual needs:
Shooting Technique
Ball-handling / dribbling
Footwork & balance techniques
Individual & team defense
Best Private Training.
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Year-Round Training
If you are serious about making the team
Prepare for upcoming season
* Lay foundation for School/Town Travel season
* Improve performance from prior year
* Set a goal to reach a new level
Key Focus
* Basketball Fundamentals
* Conditioning: Both physical and mental
Equip student athletes with the tools to get on track for their upcoming season — for whatever team they are preparing for.
Maintaining your basketball fundamentals
* In-season skill training and conditioning helps a player gain an edge during the season
* Facilitates raising a player’s game to reach personal bests
Best opportunity to maintain conditioning and improve fundamentals
* Players who do year-round basketball training gain the most competitive edge on the court
* NBNB offers the training tools to get better and increase confidence
* Underpins the Spring tournament season — maintaining conditioning and fundamental skills
* Serves as a complementary work-out for multi-sport athletes

The time to focus on raising your game to the next level
* Opportune time to focus on basketball motor-skill development.
* Sufficient repetition is the key ingredient towards mastering basketball skill level.For all those that are looking to workout please contact , or  510-394-4575, with any additional questions.
Sports and Social Media InfographicIt was Inevitable
Since we are at the cutting edge of everything related to sports recruiting we’ve already covered how Facebook is changing college recruiting. Please review this for some tips and rules high school and college athletes should consider. Now we feel it’s time for an update.All Access for Coaches
This Sports and Social Media infographic really breaks it down for you. For instance, how can a college coach resist incorporating social media into his recruiting strategy when 69% of sports fans–potential recruits–will check their Facebook or Twitter during meals? And you know where else they’ll check? 58% will check while they’re in the bathroom, 74% at a party, and 9% will even look at social media in church.
If you’ve spent more than 5 minutes with a teenager you know that Facebook is a force in their lives. But did you know that 81% of sports fans go to the internet for their breaking news? Or that people are 10 times as likely to check Twitter or Facebook for news as they are sports radio?Social Media is Changing Recruiting
There is little doubt that social media is changing recruiting. Coaches learned this–some of them late and against their will–and never looked back. The issue for teenagers being recruited to play sports in college is that lasting negative impact on their lives.Learn From the Yuri Wright Case
One well-publicized case is that of Yuri Wright, one of the nation’s top cornerbacks coming out of New Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep. Yuri made some ill-advised comments on Twitter and it ended up costing him his scholarship to Michigan. The University of Colorado is taking a chance on Wright and, to his credit, he says he’s learned a valuable lesson.Use Social Media as an Asset
As the IG illustrates people, including high school athletes, are increasingly getting their news and interacting through social media. The real question for athletes is will you use this as an asset or will it become something that will cost you your scholarship?
Yuri Wright got a second chance because he was a nationally ranked player. You may not be so lucky so be careful.
No Books, No Ball Academic Services*Monitor the academic progress of student-athletes on a regular basis
*Maintain a specialized tutoring staff available to student-athletes
*Maintain a feedback system throughout the semester requesting professors to provide information concerning academic progress of student-athletes
*Provide supervised study environment where student-athletes may meet tutors, work in small groups, and study in a quiet atmosphere
*Coordinate various educational workshops throughout the semesterInformation Services
*Disseminate information on all aspects of No Books, No Ball and give referral assistance when deemed necessary
*Inform student-athletes of academic progress each semester
*Refer student-athletes to the appropriate source for graduation statusCounseling Services
*Plan schedules each semester with the student-athlete to ensure compliance with the Oakland Athletic League Rules and Oakland School District Regulations
*Provide assistance in choice of major and career counseling
*Counsel individuals concerning problems of a personal or academic natureDevelopmental Services
*Support in making a smooth transition to life as a student-athlete
*   *Making the transition from high school to university academics
*   *Learning appropriate and effective advocacy skills
*   *Developing strategies for balanced growth and development
*Support in learning skills and strategies necessary for success in the college classroom
*   *Private consultation with the Learning Specialist
*   *Informal reading and study skills assessment
*   *Communication and coordination with Academic Department Advisers
*Support in making the most effective use of tutors
*   *Developing effective strategies for use of content area tutoring
*   *Communication with tutors to monitor progress and to consistently support skill and strategy development
Other Services
*Serve as the liaison with the Dean of Students for issues regarding academic and other misconduct
*Provide counseling for any issue regarding transition to high school and college life, academics, and athletically related issues
*Serve as liaison with Social Services Programs

NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp STEM Educational ModelOur educational model is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based program that incorporates Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Problem Solving, and Transitional Readiness in the curriculum.  This program will expose the students to cutting edge information and procedures as well as improve on their fundamental academic skills.  We are very excited about this forward thinking program and believe that it will begin to prepare the students for the ever changing educational and career environment.
Each class we be led by a qualified instructor and also feature an instructor’s aide for added hands on support.
Utilize the versatile and unique qualities of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp we offer the opportunity for players to attend training and get ahead with advanced high school classes, SAT and ACT Prep classes, ESL classes or TOEFL Prep classes.
The comprehensive schedule allows a player to experience what being an Academy program student-athlete is like by completing coursework and a rigorous Basketball training curriculum within the basketball program.  It is designed for players who need to accomplish necessary tasks for school, while also wanting to have fun and improve their game.  The weekday schedule includes basketball training and class work in the afternoon. Class include:
Algebra I,  Geometry,  Math Models,  Algebra 3,  Pre-Cal,  Biology,  Calculus,  Statistics,  US History,  Social Studies,  Government,  Economics,  World Geography,  Spanish,  French,  Art,  Physics,  Journalism,  Chemistry,  Dance,  English,  Computers,  P.E.,  Multi MediaSAT/ACT College Prep
College admission is more competitive than ever before. Just as you wouldn’t enter a competition without practicing, you shouldn’t take the SAT or ACT without knowing exactly what you’ll encounter on the test. With a half day of Basketball and a half day of SAT preparation, you’ll be ready to achieve a better score and improve your chances of gaining entrance to your college of choice.
The SAT/College Prep class is taught for four hours per day in small class sizes. It covers all the SAT/ACT topics including Algebra, Geometry, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Rhetorical Writing, Current Events and Writing and Style.Basketball Camp with English Options
NO BOOKS, NO BALL Basketball Camp offers two options for our international participants who wish to improve their English and their sport at the same time.
Academic English/TOEFL Prep Sport Camp:  For participants age 15-19 who wish to prepare for an exam in their home country or for entrance into an American university.   After a half-day of sports exercises and drills,  participants will study reading/writing, academic test preparation and practice,  sample TOEFL exams,  and develop their advanced English skills.
English as a Second Language Sport Camp:  For participants 8 – 19, a half-day of sport drills and a half-day of fun English activities focusing on vocabulary development.   Fun interactive activities are combined with field trips and weekly vocabulary/grammar  units on topics of general interest such as sports and recreation, food , health, the environment and travel.
These programs are designed for visitors to the United States and no I-20s are issued for these programs.

NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares is a non-profit community outreach program dedicated to serving our community. It is founded on the principals of teamwork, not only on the basketball court, but also in our community. Athletes learn more is achieved, the task made easier, when individuals come together to form a collective unit. The experience has a greater influence on all members, both receiving and giving.
In these difficult times, it is necessary for us to extend a hand, and use the talents and gifts that we have, to improve the life of others in our community. NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares promotes the giving of time, money and tangible goods. Volunteering at organizations that need the help of physical hands is encouraged.
The hope of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares is to not only help others, but for our players to understand these core principles of respect, teamwork, and community involvement. Adopting these values can improve the lives of our student-athletes on the basketball court. However, perhaps even more importantly, they can be transferred into the classroom, and in everyday scenarios that call for strong, confident behavior.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-The Reverend Martin Luther King JRThis statement is essentially the mission of NO BOOKS, NO BALL Cares.
“When our players help those in our community, they feel the reward that comes with community service. This initiative encourages positive behavior. It will have a profound impact on those who interact with our student-athletes.”
-Hodari McGavock, Founder of NO BOOKS, NO BALLNO BOOKS, NO BALL Supplemental & Emergency Food Distribution
We began our supplemental and emergency food distribution program in the Fall of 2004 with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation. Boxes of Food is designed to serve the needy in Oakland, California and surrounding communities.
We provide a 3-7 day box of food (dry goods, can food, bread, etc.) to low income and homeless individuals and families (herein referred to as clients) on a bi-weekly basis as well as emergency boxes of food on an as needed basis. As time progresses we will distribute food on a weekly basis as well as have other food pantries in Oakland, California to do so.
In addition to the initial monthly supplemental food box, Boxes of HOPE will have two special Holiday distributions:Thanksgiving Food Boxes – Each year, Boxes of HOPE, will distribute a box of food containing everything needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, for a family of four to those registered and receiving monthly supplemental food boxes. Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed the week before Thanksgiving.
Christmas Food Boxes – Each year, Boxes of HOPE, will distribute a box of food containing everything needed to prepare a Christmas Day meal, including a ham, for a family of four to those registered and receiving monthly supplemental food boxes. Christmas boxes will be distributed the week before Christmas.
Clients who come to Boxes of HOPE do not have to meet income guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and live within our service boundaries. Anyone receiving any type of state or governmental assistance (such as SNAP, WIC, Social Security Income (SSI), or SSI disability) and do not have to present a legal photo ID (state ID or driver’s license), proof of residency (state ID, driver’s license or utility bill), and proof of income or state assistance (such as SNAP, WIC, Social Security Income (SSI), or SSI disability). No one is turned away, will receive a food box as long as supplies are available, and a referral to a food pantry in their area. Clients are provided all the services we offer regardless of race, sex, color, creed, sexual preference or any other non-qualifying designation.
The funding for this program will come from donations from local food stores as well as free-will public donations of food and cash. Our Program Director and volunteers will oversee the operation of this program. This program is offered with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation.

Gifts of HOPE – Christmas Gifts for Families in Need – We expect to begin our Christmas gift distribution for families in need called Gifts of HOPE, Christmas of 2013. Each year the organization will adopt one or more families in need to provide Christmas gifts to the children and parent(s) who would not otherwise be able to provide Christmas gifts to their family. Volunteers will purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to parent(s) for their children – not only delivering the message of hope to a parent that fears not being able to provide for their children, but also the message of love from parent to child, and the true meaning of Christmas. Each member of the family will receive clothes, shoes, toys, and food for the family, including adults and children living in the household.
Clients of this program will be chosen from those families currently receiving some type of assistance from Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation or by referral from other organizations. To qualify, the household income of the clients of the program must fall in the income guidelines set by the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines published in the Federal Registry.
The funding for this program will come from public donations in the form of free-will cash and gift donations as well as the ability to sponsor a family. Individuals, families, or groups may call the organization to sponsor a family. Donators will be asked to provide at least one wrapped gift for each family member. The organization will supplement with purchased gifts as needed. Our Program Director and volunteers will oversee the operation of this program. This program will take approximately 2% of our resources.

About Coach Mac

   Hodari McGavock has served as an educator for students from middle and high school through community college in both the Oakland Unified School District and the Peralta Community College District for 38 years. He has worked with this wide range of students in the capacities of teacher, counselor and basketball coach.Born and reared in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hodari McGavock, fondly referred to as “Coach Mac” is a product of the Indianapolis Public School District from elementary through high school and is a proud graduate of Crispus Attucks High, where he was an outstanding student and basketball player. He earned a full basketball scholarship to and graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1966. He earned a Masters Degrees from both Eastern Michigan University, Yipailanti, Michigan in 1968 and California State University, Hayward with a Life Pupil Personnel Services Credential as well from California State University, Hayward.The incredible career achievements of Coach Mac as a Men’s Varsity Basketball coach in the Oakland Unified School District at Oakland Technical High School for 25 years and now at major cross-town rival Castlemont High are legendary, highlighted by many noteworthy achievements, only a few follows:*** In 2012 Inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame
*** In 2011 Honored as State of California Coach of the Year
*** 2010 – Oakland Athletic League Championship
*** Selected as 2008-09 California Inter-Scholastic Federation Model Coach Award winner. A model coach demonstrates and teaches the six core ethical values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). The CIF believes that the highest potential of sports is achieved when teachers/coaches consciously Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model (T.E.A.M.) these values and are committed to the ideal of Pursuing Victory with Honor.
*** Honored as Oakland Tribune Newspaper “2002 Coach of The Year”,
*** Nominated for California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Hall of Fame,
*** He coached for 25 years at Oakland Tech High School until June 2005 moving over to rival Castlemont High School in 2007 after a two year hiatus,
*** First full-time Oakland Public School Counselor to become a full time Oakland Athletic League coach,
*** Won two Northern California State Championships consecutively from 2002-3,
*** Qualified for numerous Northern California State Championships Playoffs,
*** He has won eight Oakland Athletic League Championships,
*** First Basketball coach to ever win four consecutive Oakland Athletic League Championships from 1999-2003,
*** Won over 550 High School basketball games and is a sure “Hall of Fame” inductee upon final retirement,
*** In 1980 he founded of the “No Books, No Ball” Academic Achievement Program for Student-Athletes to aid them in their quest for academic excellence and to facilitate their enrollment into institution of higher learning,
*** Has sent hundreds of student-athletes to colleges all around the country and the world professionally including the NBA,
*** In July 2010 he took Castlemont High School’s Varsity Basketball team to Heidelberg, Germany for an 11-day trip to play four games against club teams where they will stay with German families during the trip that includes visiting and participating in a German school while there.
*** Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Merritt Junior College, Oakland, California
*** Has mentored several very successful Men’s High School Varsity Head Basketball Coaches,
*** Has trained many professional basketball players including National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars, NBA Scoring Champs, and NBA World Champions.
*** Camp Counselor for University of Sports “Super Star Basketball Camp” for elite Boys and Girls athletes since 1995
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the email address listed here or you may call us at: , 510-394-4575

Coach Mac

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“He who Harms a Life, it is as if he has Harmed ALL Mankind, and He who has saved a Life, it is as if he has Saved ALL Mankind!” Who will you save?

We Need Mac Pro Tower, or MacBook Pro, and 3- iPads
We mounting an “Equipment Donation Drive” to obtain donations of a Mac Pro Tower (Quad-Core), 3.2GHz; 2-12 GB DDR2 SDRAM, an Apple MacBook Pro 17″ – Quad Core i7, 2.2 GHz,  an Apple MacBook Pro – 15.4″ – Core i7, 2.6 GHz, or a Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ – Dual Core i5,  2.4 GHz – MacOS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for a group that serves under privileged, disadvantaged and disabled persons. We are also interested in three iPads for children with Autism. Your donation is taxdeductible to the full extent allowable under the law. We will accept any monetary donations toward this end for the purchase of the equipment.

Sista’s Charity Group Need Two Cargo Vans

The Sista’s Charity group is interested in obtaining two cargo vans or passenger vans with removable seats, an SUV with removable seats or large pick up truck with a camper shell for pickup and delivery of FREE food, clothing and supplies to the communities that they serve of under privileged, disadvantaged and disabled persons. Can you help them, insha’Allah? Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowable under the law. You donate via Paypal withemail address to Sis. Nanita Strong, N. Strong Harmony, (510) 394-5701, . Again, they will accept any monetary donations toward this end for the purchase of the vehicles.
The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Food Program (AMWF) has helped the less fortunate for over 55 years continuously and are now serving over 30,000 per month from 19 Northern California locations!
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After witnessing my mother and father give freely to others since I was a child from the 1950’s until their death, charity struck a cord with me. I often thought, “how and in what way I could contribute anything close to the enormous good they had done so often for so many?”. My parents purchased land and built a church for their personal pastor and to accompany that, they also built him and his family a home as well.     As I grew and matured, became more knowledgeable, sophisticated, and worldly, and as my faith and religious acumen blossomed, I realized the prodigious importance of building a house of worship and the infinite blessings that flow from such an achievement. I had to find a way to fulfill that potential within me as my parents had set the bar very, very high!

I knew that I didn’t have to re-invent the wheel as there was an incredible model  for success that I could really make a difference and give back to my community by continuing the programs that my parents had forged when I was a child! So the A MWF began with the support of friends, neighbors, acquaintances, religious leaders, community members, and businesses dedicated to helping others.     The  Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation  (A&MWF) is a non-denominational, multi-cultural,100% volunteer financed and operated relief organization that provides FREE food, medicine, clothing, educational and employment opportunities, mental and physical health referrals, legal aid, shelter and other necessities to individuals, children, families, and organizations who lack these essentials for any reason. We provide private school and college admissions educational opportunities; assists with referrals for job training and placement; rental assistance; social services assistance; homelessness assistance; mental and physical health assistance; medical assistance and legal aid assistance referrals FREE for ANYONE whom has the need at the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation website.

Providing The Necessities For Success In Life
A&MWF, a public services organization based on GIVING AND SHARING, has created a 100% volunteer self-operated, self-supported, self financed model defined by developing the marketplace of a network that features high-performing results in the invaluable areas of: youth development; elementary, secondary and college education; poverty alleviation; mental and physical health medical services; social services, as well as other economic-empowerment programs for individuals, families; and small businesses.     A&MWF is pioneering a new trend, as government and community funds grapple with the recession and the challenges of raising funds, WE have forged an awareness and sustained an effort to connect those in dire need with service providers, donors, volunteers and nonprofit groups with these causes. We have taken community foundations and moved into social networking, reaching beyond static “bricks and mortar” to interactive Web sites to serve as a “dynamic virtual clearinghouses or town square” that holds conversations between those in NEED and their local charities, citizens, donors, and volunteers.     Every month thousands of San Francisco/ Oakland Bay Area residents rely on the AMWF Community Food Program for nutritious food and social service resources. As a local entity providing free food to those in need, we are seeing a significant increase in the percentage of children we serves, as county food banks see a spike in pleas for help. “51 percent of individuals served … are infants, children and teenagers. In the past, the percentage of people under 18 was 40 percent.”     The change is attributed to an increase in the number of families seeking emergency food aid. “Traditionally we’ve seen more demand for services from the western end of the city, but we are seeing an increase in need in the central part, and we even have people from the Hills and the affluent parts of town”.

The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Community Food Programs (AMWF), a multi-ethnic, multi-issue community-based organization, continues to carry out its mission of a society in which all persons flourish as it provides and refers comprehensive services — in collaboration with other hunger, health care, housing, violence, abuse, counseling, senior, youth, women, children, civil rights, employment, and education response agencies — to thousands of men, women and children living in San Francisco/ Oakland Bay Area in California to help transform the lives of people in need.     AMWF extends these various services and programs to the economically, mentally, and physically challenged; the poor and homeless; the undereducated and undeserved; people living with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; substance abuse; seniors 55 years and older; prenatal women; at risk youth; and homebound people living with serious illness.  
Our members, and the people we serve are of different race, faith, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation and income levels. AMWF by providing direct services, including providing nutritious food; edvocating for and participating in many relevant social service programs that promote the self-sufficiency of people in need; educating the general public about these issues, their causes and this partial solution while inspiring a consummate social conscience and honoring the dignity of every person. As part of that principal mission, AMWF works for basic economic survival security for all and the elimination of poverty by providing these services thus effecting societal and governmental policies that regulate the less fortunate to the bottom of the economic, social, health, and opportunity pyramid, with full understanding that any policy which affects the poorest of us affects all of us.     By catering to everyone we have built many allies with statewide and national anti-hunger organizations to support legislation addressing low-income people’s food needs. In doing so, we help build power in our communities and win institutional changes on the issues that affect our lives as we provide fresh, hot, nutritious meals and bags of groceries with healthy meat, fish, breads, perishable and nonperishable food, such as canned vegetables and fruits, tuna fish, peanut butter, rice, dry beans and pasta, at a location near their home that are served to anyone without restriction.     A&MWF has made it easy and effortless for service providers, donors, volunteers and nonprofit groups to connect with those in NEED, as we have received more individuals needs profiles submitted on this site. The profiles include their contact information, information about their needs, desired solutions, pleas for their need satisfaction, and a listing of opportunities to achieve their solution. We also have profiles submitted of individuals as prospective donors or volunteers, include information about the causes that interest them.     We look forward to our being able to do business together helping those most in need while providing you with incredible branding opportunities with maximum media exposure for the greatest community relations benefit and increased business development. There is no better branding than to be perceived as a company that cares for the less fortunate, the working man, and the environment while presenting a quality product at a great price and being socially conscious. Your customer feels that they are contributing to your good efforts as if they are doing it themselves!     If you or someone that you know needs Quality of Life Aid, PLEASE fill out the form below so that we can determine the best way to assist them.    Anyone can register at  http://AMWFTRUST.ORG  by submitting an online request form in a strictly confidential submission and they can also feel free to call the number (510) 394-4101 as well.     WE are trying to end this travesty by helping and giving for their change of life circumstances! Can YOU help Us help THEM?  Make you tax deductible donation here!  Thank you,


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“How a Grieving Family Saved A Troubled City with A Martyr”

“How a Grieving Family Saved A Troubled City with A Martyr”

The year 2009 began with a tragedy at an Oakland BART station. Shortly after 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed 22-year-old Oscar Grant II, of Hayward, on the platform of the Fruitvale station after responding to reports of a fight on a train.

“Make no mistake about it Oscar Grant was Murdered, Executed by a BART cop!” That was the echoing sentiment boiling up from among the justifiably angry, restless community of Oakland and the surrounding communities that spread world wide as video of Oscar Grants execution was blared over and over on television screens all around the world. It had become the quintessential poster for the ultimate example of Police misconduct and abuse- a lawless execution as the Black victim lay face-down on the ground, hands behind his back, shot, then handcuffed as he dies- all caught on cameras for the world to see!

Also caught on camera for the world to see was the public reaction to the execution that led to violent protests, as the public “showed their outrage” with the costly destruction of property to areas around town.

The gunman police officer was allowed to go free, traveled outside the state of California until he was charged with murder and appended in Nevada after National public protest forced the District Attorney to file criminal charges. His attorney has argued he meant to fire his Taser gun when he shot and killed Grant.

Fruitvale Station
In the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, Oscar Grant III, unarmed and lying face down on a subway platform in Oakland, Calif., was shot in the back by a white Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer. The incident, captured on video by onlookers, incited protest, unrest and arguments similar to those that would swirl around the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida a few years later. The deaths of these and other African-American young men (Mr. Grant was 22) touch some of the rawest nerves in the body politic and raise thorny and apparently intractable issues of law and order, violence and race.

Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan and Ariana Neal play father and daughter in this debut feature by Ryan Coogler, which opens on Friday in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Mr. Jordan plays Oscar Grant, who was killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer.
Those matters are hardly absent from “Fruitvale Station,” Ryan Coogler’s powerful and sensitive debut feature, which imaginatively reconstructs the last 24 or so hours of Oscar Grant’s life, flashing back from a horrifying snippet of actual cellphone video of the hectic moments before the shooting. But Mr. Coogler, a 27-year-old Bay Area native who went to film school at the University of Southern California, examines his subject with a steady, objective eye and tells his story in the key of wise heartbreak rather than blind rage. It is not that the movie is apolitical or disengaged from the painful, public implications of Mr. Grant’s fate. But everything it has to say about class, masculinity and the tricky relations among different kinds of people in a proudly diverse and liberal metropolis is embedded in details of character and place.

A List Celebrities Comps for Kentucky Derby, May 5-7, 2013

A List Celebrities Comps for Kentucky Derby, May 5-7, 2013
If you are or have “A List” Celebrities that would like to attend the Kentucky Derby, May 2-4, 2013 you may be able to attend as a select V.I.P. The “A Lister” could receive: air transportation or Private Jet service from major U. S. cities, hotel suites and accommodations, ground transportation, VIP tickets to the Derby, special V.I.P. guest invitations to the exclusive events.
If you are or have “A List” Celebrities that would like to attend the Kentucky Derby, May 2-4, 2013 you may be able to attend as a select V.I.P. The “A Lister” could receive: air transportation or Private Jet service from major U. S. cities, hotel suites and accommodations, ground transportation, VIP tickets to the Derby, special V.I.P. guest invitations to the exclusive events.Contact us ASAP with Celebrity bio for consideration.
Millionaires Row
Throughout the years of the Kentucky Derby, the race has had a special appeal to the celebrity set. The rich and famous that mingle among the Derby Day crowd add a unique dimension to the spectacle of the “Run for the Roses.”
VIP Access
One of the first celebrity sightings dates to 1877 when famed Polish actress Helena Modjeska attended the third running of the Kentucky Derby. In the 1945 book, Down the Stretch, it was noted that Modjeska was impressed by the Derby but even more charmed by the mint julep to which she was introduced by Churchill Downs founder M. Lewis Clark following the race.
Over the years, a stream of celebrities from film, music, sports, politics and wealth have been drawn to the Derby. On at least one occasion, a celebrity with a more notorious background was the talk of the Derby. The 15th renewal in 1889 brought bank and train robber Frank James to Louisville. The brother of famed outlaw Jesse James and a leader in their outlaw gang, Frank was on hand to watch Spokane take the victory over favored Proctor Knott.
Although most of the rich and famous that attend are guests of prominent ticket holders, the Derby has also attracted an impressive roster of celebrity racehorse owners. The group has found that the thrill of running their horses in the Kentucky Derby is as moving as any accomplishment in their professional careers.
During the 1990s this group of celebrity owners grew to include: musician MC Hammer, 1992 Dance Floor, 3rd; composer Burt Bacharach, 1994 Soul of the Matter, 5th, and 1995 Afternoon Deelites, 8th; music producer Berry Gordy, 1994 Powis Castle, 8th; film producer Albert Broccoli, 1994 Brocco, 4th; New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, 1997 Concerto, 9th; and former NBA and current University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, 1998 Halory Hunter, 4th, and 2001 A P Valentine, 7th.

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Detroit Kronk Boxing Icon and Legend in Boxing History Emanuel Steward Dies at 68

Detroit Kronk Boxing Icon and Legend Emanuel Steward Dies at 68
Emanuel Steward, the godfather of Detroit boxing and driving force behind the world-famous Kronk Gym, died Thursday, October 25, 2012 surrounded by his family. Steward died in Zion, Ill., where he had been treated at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Steward, 68, the man who discovered and mentored the great Thomas Hearns, had fought for several weeks against a foe thought by many to be colon cancer — although his sister, Diane Steward-Jones, publicly described the ailment as diverticulitis.

“He has passed — he has gone home,” Steward-Jones told the Free Press by phone less than half an hour after Steward’s death. “He was in no pain, and we sang to him, as well as did the doctors present. He had loved ones around him.”

One of the greatest trainers in the history of boxing, Steward underwent surgery in the Chicago area in September and had not returned to his Rosedale Park home. He died peacefully at 2:46 p.m. Thursday, said Steward-Jones, who handled business matters and public relations for her brother. The body of the boxing icon was returned to Detroit.

Steward-Jones said that, toward the end, her brother still was trying to recruit male nurses and other medical staff at the hospital to box for him.

“They loved him,” Steward-Jones said. “He’d tell them to lose some weight and fight for him.”

As she spoke to the Free Press, Steward-Jones said she was trying to stay busy tidying up Steward’s hospital room.

“He gave it his all,” she said. “But he’s been called away now.”

Steward’s sister, Diane Steward-Jones, told the Free Press today that a memorial service tentatively has been set for the Hall of Fame fight trainer on Nov. 13 at Greater Grace Temple (23500 W. 7 Mile Road in Detroit). There will be visitation with family and friends at 11 a.m. on Nov. 13 at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit followed by a noon memorial service at the church. Manny was survived by his wife, Marie; daughters, Sylvia Steward-Williams and Sylvette Steward; and sisters, Diane-Steward Jones and Lavern Hestler

Steward, who lived in Rosedale Park, was training world heavyweight champ Wladamir Klitschko prior to falling ill several months ago.

Born in Bottom Creek, W.Va., Steward moved at age 12 with his mother to Detroit, where he became a street-smart kid with a short fuse and quick fists.

In a life-changing move away from street gangs, Steward joined the Brewster Recreation Center and began an amateur boxing career, where in 1963, 18-year old Emanuel Steward, fighting as a bantamweight, won the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.

He looked forward to a career as a professional, but after failing to find what he considered to be honest management and with his family needing his financial support, Steward became a lineman with the city before he and his half brother, James Steward, began coaching at the Kronk, a hotbed for young amateur fighters on McGraw in Detroit. But he never wandered too far from the fight game.

In 1971 Steward accepted a part-time position as head coach of the boxing program at the Kronk Recreation Center. When his young team won the Detroit Golden Gloves team title that same year, the Kronk Dynasty was born. Steward took the Kronk to dizzying heights in the 1970s and ’80s, transforming a skinny neighborhood kid named Thomas Hearns into one of the most devastating punchers in the history of the ring.

In March 1972, Steward left Detroit Edison to become a full-time trainer/manager. Five years later, with the newly formed ESCOT (Emanuel Steward’s Champions of Tomorrow) Boxing Enterprises, Inc., he ventured into the world of professional boxing with an 18-year old slugger named Tommy Hearns. Hearns went on to win world titles in five different weight classes on his way to boxing immortality.

Steward’s reputation as a trainer grew by leaps and bounds after that, and with it grew the number of champions under his tutelage. In addition to the 50 plus world champions he has managed, he also developed six gold medal winners for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team, including Pernell Whitaker, Mark Breland, Terrell Biggs, Jerry Page, Frank Tate and Steve McCrory. He mentored a gallery of supporting champs over the years, including Hilmer Kenty, Jimmy Paul, Duane Thomas, Dennis Andries, Steve McCrory, Milton McCrory, Michael Moorer, Lennox Lewis and present-day heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, whom Steward was training until he recently fell ill.

Klitschko, in a statement, said: “It is not often that a person in any line of work gets a chance to work with a legend. … I was privileged enough to work with one for almost a decade. I will miss our time together.”

Steward continued to work with the young fighters at the Kronk Boxing Gym, in which he has found a new home in Oakland County opening in 2009′ He is a welcome addition as expert commentator to HBO’s World Championship Boxing and HBO Pay-Per-View coverage.

Joni Mitchell was partially correct: We (sometimes) don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone. This has been true with regrettable frequency this year with the deaths of multiple fighters and notable figures in boxing. In many cases we mourn people whose names might not have passed through our lips in quite some time, as befitting the nature of a sport in which those no longer in the spotlight are left to fade away quietly.

That does not mean their losses mean less.

We paid just tribute to Corrie Sanders, for example, whose imprint had been left on us following his brief ascent toward the top of the sport when he had summarily dispatched of Wladimir Klitschko in less than two rounds, and whose battles with Vitali Klitschko and Hasim Rahman had been valiant even though he was not victorious.

And we gave due respect to Angelo Dundee, the famed trainer who had been in the corner of two of the United States’ most acclaimed boxers in Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, who had worked with several others, and who had long been established as a piece of living history.

There was no mental separation with Emanuel Steward, however. He was here, and now he is gone. His death hits particularly hard. It’s not just because of how quickly he passed away, but also because we knew what we had with him — because of how long he had held such a strong and positive influence on the sport.

It is a big loss for boxing. He is being justly eulogized and canonized with every story, every recollection, every reflection.
It is only natural for many of these memories to be of the personal variety. That is the frame of reference that helps give a life full context. Steward’s 68 years on this earth did not just bring about his individual accomplishments. In that time he also left his mark on so many who knew him, be it for a moment or for decades, and be they boxers, his colleagues or the many in the media with whom he had corresponded.

There were the world champions. Taking a boxer to a title belt seems less of a feat in this era of four major sanctioning bodies. Take into consideration, then, his longevity and consistency. Steward brought his first contender to the top in 1980 with lightweight Hilmer Kenty and continued to do so for three decades, guiding Cornelius Bundrage to a claim of the junior middleweight division in 2010.
“In all, Steward managed over 50 world champions. “In that regard, Steward is the most decorated trainer in history; Freddie Roach has guided 25 titlists while [Eddie] Futch and Ray Arcel seconded 22 and 19, respectively, during their much more restrictive eras.” said boxing historian Lee Groves last week on

He didn’t just groom talent, but attracted it, too, with boxers turning to Steward to make them better. His was an expert eye, a trusted voice, a guru who they believed could rebuild those who had been destroyed and who could cap off those who were nearly complete.
Boxing is a business. And so many of the tributes to Steward have noted how he became a “hired gun” for some boxers. Where he truly stood out, however, is in the men he groomed, both in the Kronk Gym that became synonymous with his name and in the relationships he forged with those fighters.

Andy Lee had lived with Steward since 2006, the middleweight told Dan Rafael of last week.

“He likes to keep an eye on his fighters,” Lee said. “I was going into a home environment at the house.”

For once, boxing wasn’t just about money or fame, but about men who became family. Thomas Hearns described Steward as “the father he never had,” while speaking last week to Lem Satterfield of

“He helped me to become the man that I’ve become today,” Hearns said. “He taught me right from wrong, and he taught me about living. So with Emanuel Steward, our relationship wasn’t just about boxing to me.”

The truly great in this world earn such stature not just with the big things, but with the little things as well. Roy Jones Jr. spoke on HBO this past weekend of how he had turned down an offer to work with Steward when he first turned pro and opted instead to work with his father. Yet the fact that Steward had approached him left an imprint on the young Olympian. Now nearly 25 years into his pro career, Jones said he still carries a Kronk Gym bag with him.

Several journalists wrote last week of their relationships with Steward, of his responsibility in returning calls, of his generosity in the time he would give them, of the stories he would tell them. These were traits that writers do not take for granted.
These all were traits, professional and personal, that will leave a lasting legacy: He made Hall of Fame fighters. He had a Hall of Fame career. He seemed to personify an honor that is rare in what can be a brutal sport and a cutthroat business.
It pains everyone who knew him and loved him to have to speak or write the words that pay tribute to him. He deserves them all, but he didn’t deserve to die so soon.

The first public inkling of his declining health came in September, when the HBO commentator — another role in which he earned respect — missed two straight broadcasts due to an undisclosed illness. No one publicly disclosed just how serious Steward’s situation was. But the word began to spread about the grim diagnosis.
Less than two months later, he’s gone.

We knew what Emanuel Steward brought to this world. We know just how much we’ll be missing now that he has passed. It’s often said that you make your mark by what you leave behind.

Emanuel Steward left behind more than many — and that is why we are left with such sorrow in our hearts. His loss is truly our loss.
Here are some remembrances of Steward:

Thomas Hearns, a world champion in six weight classes, and his son, Ronald Hearns, were shattered by the news that Steward had died.

“Emanuel was like a daddy to me,” the older Hearns said. “The man literally changed my life. I loved him and respected him so much.”

Ronald Hearns, also a fighter, grew up around Steward and his father at Kronk Gym.

“It’s crushing,” the younger Hearns said. “Emanuel always made me feel like one of the family. Emanuel loved me. He always told me that God has a plan for you. I’m feeling so sad right now.”

Business Manager and friend Abdul-Jalil said “You were, are and always will be the BEST EVER!!! Even Ali will give you his title the “GOAT” Greatest of All Times! My heartfelt love to Marie, Sylvia, Sylvette, Anita, Diane and Lavern. I am truly honored to have had you all in my life with Manny!”

“Boxing has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Emanuel Steward. Vitali and I, along with the entire Team Klitschko, send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Emanuel’s family and friends.
It is not often that a person in any line of work gets a chance to work with a legend, well I was privileged enough to work with one for almost a decade. I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship.
My team and I will carry on with the goals we had set while Emanuel was with us because that is exactly what Emanuel would have wanted. I know he will be with us in spirit along the way and we will accomplish these goals in his honor.
Rest in peace Emanuel. You will be greatly missed. Until we meet again my friend.”
-Wladimir Klitschko

“It brings me great grief and sadness to hear of the passing of one of the best and most respected trainers of this era, Emanuel Steward. I learned a lot from him during our professional relationship and I will be forever grateful for his help during that time. We were also friends and I know I am going to miss him as so many others will too. He was an important part of our boxing community.”
– Oscar De La Hoya

“I’m completely devastated by the passing of my long time friend, mentor and trainer Emanuel “Manny” Steward. Manny has helped me get through some of the biggest fights in my career and I only regret that I couldn’t return the favor and see him through his biggest fight.
We’ve maintained a close relationship and the last time we spoke he seemed his usual upbeat self so it was very disturbing to hear about his illness and rapid decline. It is with a heavy heart that realization of what I hoped were just rumors are now in fact true. Manny always told me I was the best, but the truth is, HE was the best and I’m grateful, privileged and honored to be counted among his many historic successes.
This has been a very tragic year for the boxing world, but today we’ve truly lost one of it’s crown jewels. Manny was giving, selfless, compassionate and stern. He always gave back to the community and never forgot where he came from. He was an institution unto himself and I’m proud to have had him in my corner for so many years.
I’m extremely grateful for the time that I was given with him and he will be severely missed by all who knew and loved him. I’ll miss his smile, his frank no holds barred truthfulness and our discussions on boxing and life. My prayers and condolences go out to his family at this very difficult time.
-Lennox Lewis

One of Steward’s longtime friends, is heartbroken by his passing. “Twenty-four hours have gone by since the passing of Emanuel Steward. It has been and remains an emotionally painful time dealing with this loss,” Buffer said. “I am still unable to actually speak without choking up. The comments and statements of admiration and respect, honoring and memorializing his life, legacy and career have been honest, beautiful and deserving. He was and shall always be true boxing royalty. But to those of us blessed to have been closer he was so very much more. As a fan and colleague, I mourn the loss of a legend, an icon. As a friend, I have lost a loved one and my heart is broken.”
-Ring announcer Michael Buffer

“There are no adequate words to describe the enormous degree of sadness and loss we feel at HBO Sports with the tragic passing of Manny Steward. For more than a decade, Manny was a respected colleague who taught us so much not only about the sweet science but also about friendship and loyalty. His energy, enthusiasm and bright smile were a constant presence. Ten bells do not seem enough to mourn his passing. His contributions to the sport and to HBO will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” -Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the legendary Emanuel Steward today. Not only was Emanuel one of the most esteemed and accomplished boxing trainers in the history of the sport, he was also an incredibly generous and warm-hearted human being. In addition to his many professional pursuits, Emanuel served as a life coach to countless young men and women, particularly in his beloved adopted hometown of Detroit, and through them his legacy will live on. Those who were fortunate enough to have known Emanuel will remember him for his infectious enthusiasm, ever-present smile and seemingly limitless generosity. We extend our deepest condolences to the Steward family during this difficult time. He will be missed by everyone his spirit touched.”
– Stephen Espinoza, Showtime

“Steward and many of his Kronk protégé were fixtures in the infancy of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in the late 1980’s. Over the years, we became close personal friends. He will be missed by all of us in the sport. Moreover, the sport will miss what he embodied in boxing–everything that is good and right about this business. It’s a terrible shame that his life was cut short. Men like Emanuel Steward are irreplaceable.”
-David Dinkins, Jr., Showtime TV

Emanuel Steward passing today is biggest loss to boxing in long time. he’ll be greatly missed. my thoughts prayers are w his family
– Freddie Roach, Legendary Boxing Trainer

Now that his sister has confirmed it we can say that Manny Steward has passed away. I am numb as are so many others who call him friend.
-Al Bernstein, Boxing Announcer