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Off The Ball: Was foul play involved?

I joined Off The Ball in Dublin, Ireland, to discuss the life and death of the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, beginning at the end.

Show date: January 14, 2020.

https://youtu.be/BuGCe9BdgwA

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Episode 2: Award-winning author, journalist and investigator Shaun Assael joins the pod to discuss "Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston," a documentary developed from his book "The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin and Heavyweights." Immerse yourself in latter-day Las Vegas, learn how the infamous heavyweight champ shuttled between two worlds and delve into the craft of storytelling.

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Southern Journeys

I am thrilled to be in the Summer 2019 issue of the Oxford American with this piece about segregated tennis in the South.

It is Green Book, told through a tennis lens.

Set at the start of the 1950s, it tells the story of an African American civil rights pioneer from Wilmington, N.C., named Hubert A. Eaton, and a tennis court that he built in his backyard.

The court is where a 19-year-old tennis prodigy from Harlem named Althea Gibson found international fame. It is also where a five-year-old named Lendward Simpson watched history being made — on the court and off.

The story chronicles Lenny's lifelong connection to The Court, and how, at the age of seventy, this former pro is going to astonishing lengths to make sure its important history is told.

You can read the piece here, or even better, buy the whole issue here.

 

Awards

What a wonderful way to end the summer.

On August 15, The National Association of Black Journalists recognized me and my good friend, Jean-Jacques Taylor, for our story about the misunderstood signs of mental illness, Broken Route, The category was specialty reporting in a magazine with a circulation of more than one million.

And last weekend, the Killer Nashville International Writers' Conference made The Murder of Sonny Liston a two time award-winner. It won for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and as a Reader's Choice  award winner. Thank you to everyone at Killer Nashville, especially the wonderfous Clay Stafford. It was a blast.

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