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SPECIAL INDUCTION SHOW! Arif Khatib and Judge Fad Wilson will not be the hosts for tonight's show. They have selected Jan Hutchins and Olga Kostrova, a dynamic, creative couple, to stand in for them as Mr. Khatib take the stage for the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Jan and Olga are co-founders of SocialAgenda Media, an alternative PR and Marketing agency located in Silicon Valley California, USA. Their energy and presence, her marketing savvy and his journalistic wisdom combine to serve start-ups, SMB's, authors and other clients from around the world with Celebrity Endorsements, Content Marketing, Thought Leadership Marketing, Marketing to Social Tribes, Guest Blog Posts Placement, Email Campaigns Design and other marketing needs. We create and evangelize principles and technologies that transform...
William "Sonny" Hill is a former basketball player and announcer. He is a member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, and current sports radio personality for WIP-AM 610 in Philadelphia. He also serves as an executive advisor for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is known as Mr. Basketball in Philadelphia for founding the eponymous Sonny Hill League and for his many contributions to the game.
Hill was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Northeast High School He attended college for two years and then joined the Eastern Basketball League. Publicly, Sonny prides himself and his professional status as "retired", and although he is presently holding such esteemed positions as Executive Advisor to the Philadelphia 76ers, to those who know him best, his true title has always been "inventor." Hill is the father of filmmaker K. Brent Hill
Sonny played college basketball and semi-professionally in the Eastern Basketball League from 1958 to 1967. He is also credited with playing a game of H.O.R.S.E against The CEO of Bugle Boy Jeans that lasted 9 days long. The game ended in a draw. Hill has hosted a weekly show on WIP-AM (610) since 1987. He began his broadcast career in 1969 as a color commentator with Andy Musser for thePhiladelphia 76ers. He was also a commentator with the NBA on CBS from 1972 until 1977.
S. Denice Newton hosts three heroes in the fight against cancer: Tommy Johnson Sr., Milliea Taylor McKinney, Owner of Conscious Music Entertainment, and Brenda Jones, Founder of Hug Wraps.
A bout with cancer led Brenda Jones to create Hug Wraps, warm kimono-style robes suitable for cancer patients to wear to treatment.
Milliea Taylor McKinney is a hero in the fight against cancer. She continues to write and produce award-winning music while living beyond cancer.
Tommy Johnson Sr. is a 13 year plus cancer survivor after being told by his doctor that there was NO hope and ALL treatment was being stopped.
Damon Mason, better recognized as Kwame is a producer/writer/director and has been working in the Canadian entertainment industry since 1996. He started out as the host of an entertainment magazine style show called PHAT TV that aired on CFMT (what's this?) channel 4. In 1999 Kwame was offered the opportunity to work for a newly started ROGERS MEDIA radio station in Toronto called KISS 92.5, and in 2001 Toronto’s first URBAN radio station FLOW 935 was set to launch, Kwame took this opportunity and became a weekend announcer and eventually went on to work for the morning show and became the Saturday night live-to-air announcer. Opportunity again knocked on his door when ROGERS MEDIA started up a new station in Calgary Alberta called KISS 969. Kwame traveled to a new market to further brand himself across Canada. In the stations first BBM report Kwame was the number one announcer in the stations demo of 18 to 34 male and female. A year later Kwame was asked to help launch a new TOP 40 radio station in Kitchener Ontario. With his experience launching stations, CHUM radio called on him again to help launch 917 in Edmonton where in the first year he co-hosted the funny and entertaining radio show SUMMER LOVING with ex NHL tuff guy GEORGES LARAQUE. Kwame is now the executive producer and director of a documentary called Soul On Ice about the birthplace of the Colored Hockey League and its upstanding role models, and organizational talent never seen in Black sport.
Alan Swyer has been writer, director, and/or producer for film, television music videos, and commercials ranging from HBO’s much-honored “Rebound” with Don Cheadle, Forrest Whitaker, and James Earl Jones to “The Buddy Holly Story;” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Alex Ramos is a former middleweight boxer from the 1980s. A native of Manhattan, New York, whose parents were from Puerto Rico, Ramos won four Golden Gloves titles in New York City in the late 1970s (1977–1980) and was on the USA Boxing team from 1978–80. Ramos was nicknamed "The Bronx Bomber", after Joe Louis, whose nickname was "The Brown Bomber".
Tonight we will pay homage to a trailblazer and pioneer...the legendary Dr. Maya Angelou.
ElTyna McCree, affectionately known as "queen of the airlines", because of her innate ability to walk on water and create some of the most astounding airline testimonials. McCree now celebrating 45 years as a travel icon, began her illustrious career with United airlines in Pittsburgh, Penn, in the late 60's. There were few blacks working in the industry then, and she continued her career at Allegheny Airlines (now U.S. Air). Her position at Allegheny was Director of Convention Services. She was named official travel coordinator of the Church of God in Christ in 1968. She started her first travel agency in 1978 in her beloved Oakland, Calif., and quickly became known as the travel agent to the stars. She booked travel for the late Alex Haley, Earl Fatha Hines, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, and Bishop Walter Hawkins, to name a few. She served as official travel agent for "Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame" and became personal travel agent for the late Robert Hooks, Vonetta McGee, Whitman Mayo and many other stars. In the late 90's, McCree had the golden opportunity to book travel for the radiology department of UCSF San Francisco to all of their training conferences in the US and abroad. When the corporate account was removed, Dr. Roy Filly, Drs. Charles & Gretchen Gooding, and numerous other doctors continued to use her services. She is possibly the oldest African American travel professional in the nation, and was featured in Upscale Magazines' August 2000 issue. She was named a power broker for the new millennium in the field of entrepreneurs. She shared the honor with such luminaries as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Isaiah Thomas, Bernard Bronner, and the late Attorney Johnnie Cochran.
William Tatum had a desire to become a track and field athlete and his teammates said that he could not run because he finished too far back and was holding up the track meet. His mother said, "your uncle was a great Harvard athlete", and that inspired William to become serious about running. He subsequently defeated the juniors and seniors at the annual cross country race in 1950, and became the New England half-mile champion.(880 yards).
He also was a member of the 2-mile American Championship at the Penn
Relays. He participated in the seventh corps championship held in Stuttgart Germany in 1955.
William attended Boston University in the year 1959 and left to form Nuclear Instruments & Accessories Inc. At the time, the U.S. Government was providing Atomic Energy Equipment Grants for $25.000 From 1962 - 1973 William was the President of International Funding Company functioning in Liberia, Sierre Leone, West Africa and the Congo, Kinshasa. From 1974 through 2005 William was the Founder of various companies.
Tatum has been involved in the Diamond Business from 2004 onward and formed the Uncle Goose Society, LLC to promote scholarship funds at his high school. In 2005, William established the Edward Orville Gourdin Company to pay homage to his uncle Gourdin. In 2010, he established the Getty's Address , LLC to provide scholarship funds at high schools throughout America
Dr. Elñora Webb, spent many years in foster homes and is now President of Laney College, which is located in Oakland, California, and the College is the flagship of the Peralta Community College District. Dr. Webb previously served as the Vice President of Instruction from 2005–2009. In her previous role as Dean of Humanities, Language Arts & Social Sciences from 2002–2005, she reinvigorated the division and led the transformation of the culture to support student success centered practices.
Dr. Webb consistently demonstrates ethical, visionary and collaboration leadership in a range of instructional, student services, research, and administrative roles within all systems of higher education in California. Those institutions included the University of California at Berkeley and at Riverside, California State University at Sonoma, Stanford University, and Contra Costa Community College District.
She has contributed to books such as Honored but Invisible: Teaching in Community Colleges, and authored Governance Networks and Their Influence on Teaching in Community Colleges and many articles. She is a frequent speaker at economic, workforce and business forums as well as serving on chamber and review boards, committees and commissions. She is a staunch advocate for strengthening partnerships, aligning resource commitments and ratcheting up strategic investments in the work of colleges and universities.
Tanya Leno lives in Union City, California.with her husband William and 2 sons, Bilal and K'hari. She's employed as a Computer Operations Specialist for a local school district. Her struggle with her weight began at the age of 14, and she went on my 1st "diet" at 15. This is where the cycle of yoyo dieting began. Going from one fad diet to the next, she's managed to lose 30 to 80 pounds at least 5 times since the age of 15, only to gain it all back plus additional pounds each time. It didn't occur to her the damage this yoyo dieting was doing to her metabolism and self esteem until a routine doctor's visit revealed she weighed 341 lbs., and her blood pressure was out of control! During the visit, the Dr. said "You need to lose at least 160 lbs. to get to a healthy weight and control your blood pressure." She committed to an eating plan and eliminated sodas." I decided to begin an exercise routine, which my doctor encouraged to assist in weight loss and muscle tone. My workout consisted of walking for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Then, I slowly increased my workout to 45 - 60 minutes per day, adding strength training and kickboxing as my weight loss increased and I became more confident". After more than 21/2 years of working out consistently and eating healthy, she's now down 165 lbs., and no longer take high blood pressure medication! "It's taken me decades to learn and adhere to 2 facts of managing my weight... eating healthy meals and exercising regularly".
Grant Din is the Community Relations Director at AIISF, where he is working on research and educational projects. He has over 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector, including 18 years at Asian Neighborhood Design in San Francisco in resource development and management positions. An avid family history researcher and genealogist for over twenty years, Grant has traced his grandparents' and other relatives' lives including their stays at Angel Island. He loves to help others learn more about their family histories and always seeks to learn new ways to find information. He and fellow researchers are developing a Chinese American Genealogical Society.
William Wong was born and grew up in Oakland, California’s Chinatown, the youngest child and only son of seven children of Gee Seow Hong and Gee Suey Ting. His parents ran The Great China restaurant in the heart of Chinatown from 1943 to 1961. He attended Oakland public schools and the University of California at Berkeley before becoming a journalist for mainstream newspapers.
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