Archive for March, 2009

March Madness

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
Players Ball

Players Ball/Ballers Play (40 and over)

Brothers from the BBBL (Baby Boomers Basketball League), also known as the Over 40 League, showed they still have game during this year’s tournament championship held at the Southwest Community Center on Sunday. Ballard Construction featuring Julius “Pop” Anderson, Roosevelt “Pony” Bullock, Howard Triche and Gary Sparks defeated the Cuse O.Gees.

Diversify: Beats & Beyond (part 2)

Friday, March 27th, 2009
DJ Tobotius

DJ Tobotius

I wrote about the mult-talents of DJs in a previous post. I recently saw DJ Tobotius (pictured above) with the band and guitarist Freekbass.  Tobotius is a sound engineer for Bootsy and producer as well.

To Be List

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

I saw this quote by legendary Coach John Wooden on the media site for Humble Monkey Productions.  The quote offers a fresh alternative for a “to do list.”

Sax Machine

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker

Music from the saxaphone can be described as hard, harsh, munificent, ethereal, soft, muted, brash or clean.  But Maceo Parker asks, “whatchu know about funk?”

Parker played a three-hour set Monday night at the Westcott Theater that was a musical mind trip.  The show featured tributes to New Orleans jazz, the folk soul of Ray Charles, rapid-fire GoGo of Chuck Brown and even a funky introduction to Shakespeare’s Hamlet (“To Be or Not to Be”)

Parker’s superior musicianship and ebullient stage presence are obviously the keys to his longevity. In his hands, the future of funk is secure.

La Voz

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Dr. Rick Wright

I interviewed Syracuse University professor and on-air radio personality Dr. Rick Wright for a piece back in the 1990s when he was on an AM station.

Now he has probably the highest rated time slot for Sunday afternoons and can be heard on WPHR-FM Power 106.9.

Wright is a recognized expert in his field and his bio reads like a history of radio for the past 45 years.

I visited Rick Wright’s show last week as a photographer for my client, the Love N Basketball Project.  Wright’s show had a vivacious atmosphere and was packed with a film crew, students and various guests.

Wright remains an ardent and vocal supporter of Syracuse University, the city, and he brings just the right amount of old school flavor to the end of the week.

A Wise Person Knows

Friday, March 6th, 2009

We need to re-moralize work, according to psychologist Barry Schwartz.  He reminded an audience at the 2009 TED Conference that “you don’t need to be brilliant to be wise.”  He applied this idea to politics, medicine and business.

Here’s his 2009 TED talk.


Friday, March 6th, 2009

This is becoming a new business model: Cooperation + Competition=Coopetition.

I first saw this term in a blog post by Syl Arena sent to me by photographer Alton Ritter.

See number 8.

Is Small the New Big?

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Twenty years ago I read a book called The Magic of Thinking Big; and today I read a book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life.  The latter book, written by Robert Maurer, Ph.D., describes a Japanese principle (Kaizen) about taking small steps for continuous improvement and looking for ways to cultivate creativity for change and success.

Basketball (Love) Jones

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009


One of my daughter’s friends and one of my clients, Love Nicholson, is quickly becoming maybe the most talked about 10-year old basketball player in the city.

She plans to travel to Europe later this year for competition.

For her website  Love wrote her own bio, which details her unlikely pursuit of  basketball.  Hopefully she’ll start a blog or video blog to document her trip.