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I know a lot of interesting people. My podcast allows me to go in depth with some of my friends, and others I've met along the way. It also gives me the opportunity, or an excuse to have conversations with people I never would have had the chance to meet. Most of my guests are very successful people, but I'm not as concerned with the success as I am with the adversity they overcame to get where they're at. The topics discussed on my podcast include sports, culture, music, travel, food, healt ...
 
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Growing up in South Central LA, Gary Hamilton didn’t even start playing basketball until he was 16. He was lightly recruited, but ended up playing at UMiami. He’s now in his 15th season of pro ball and his 10th season in Japan. He has some game off the court too, which explains how he’s married to a beautiful Japanese woman. They also have 2 kids. …
 
I met Mike Bradley at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas in 2004. I was with my good friend Elton Tyler. They both remember it fondly because they hadn’t seen each other in a few years. However, Mike didn’t remember me. Well I remember Mike dominating high school basketball in Massachusetts when I was in high school and Mike was at Burncoat High in Worce…
 
When I saw Matt Hubbard dissect a frog in Mrs. Polgren's 7th grade biology class I realized at that very moment he was going to be a comedy writer. Although this may not be true, I recognized at a young age that Matt was going to be successful at whatever he chose to do. He was always kind, thoughtful, and self effacing. I'd be lying if I said I kn…
 
JamesOn Curry has the dubious distinction of "shortest career in NBA history". He played 3.9 seconds for the LA Clippers in 2010. His tumultuous journey to the NBA began with him signing to play at the University of North Carolina as a freshman and finishing his high school career as the all time leading scorer in North Carolina high school basketb…
 
Mike Procopio, better known as Sweetchuck, looks like a cross between Danny DeVito and Uncle Fester. He scored 4 points in his high school basketball career and Kobe Bryant trusted him to be his personal "basketball whisperer" for 4 years. From helping out with the BABC AAU team in Boston, to assistant coaching at Suffolk University, Sweetchuck is …
 
Back by popular demand on Keepin’ It A Hundo, Indiana Pacers assistant coach Bill Bayno stopped by while quarantining in Miami. We discussed the affect the pandemic has had on the NBA and particularly on him. His mother Sophie passed away last month due to complications from COVID-19. This has been been quite a trying time for Bill. We also broke d…
 
In 1984 my first grade teacher, Mrs. Dea, asked me to be nice to the "new kid" in class. The "new kid" was Jai Eswara and we both loved 80's hip hop, the Celtics, and Fletch. Pat "Hendu" Henebury was in our class too so Jai Bahr, Hendu, and I have been tight ever since. After playing football together in high school Jai Bahr went on to Johns Hopkin…
 
Jermon Bushrod has been a model of consistency and perseverance throughout his life and into his NFL career. From a small town in Virginia to Towson University to a Super Bowl title with the New Orleans Saints, he established himself as one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL. In 2011, he led the entire league in snaps played. That means he do…
 
Boo put himself on the hip hop map when he was featured on Fiesta and the Fiesta Remix, with R. Kelly and Jay-Z. The song was #1 on the Billboard hip hop chart for 5 weeks and #6 on the Billboard top 100. It was also one of the anthems to my college experience and I always took pride in knowing he grew up with one of my closest friends, Courtney "B…
 
When I was 15 I went to the Boston Shootout and saw a kid my age, that resembled a man, dominating against guys that were 2-3 years older than him. And they were already headed to play at big time colleges. The Manchild’s name was Schea Cotton. That was the day I realized I had no future playing basketball. From that point on, I followed his career…
 
Brandon Okpalobi is a disruptor. My good friend is hellbent on putting his stamp on the community. His foundation Dibia Dream is really making a difference in the city of Miami. Whether it's educating kids in inner city schools with his "STEM Saturdays" program or donating cars to single moms, his presence is being felt in Miami. His basketball roo…
 
You may know him as Calogero, but his name is Lillo Brancato. He became an overnight celebrity as a teenager when he starred in “A Bronx Tale” with Robert DeNiro. Not only could I feel a connection to the character he was portraying, but there was also a physical resemblance between the two of us and there there still is. He had a role on The Sopra…
 
You may know Rachel Lindsay from The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. In 2017 Rachel became the first black bachelor or bachelorette on the ABC reality juggernaut. The Jackie Robinson of reality TV ended up finding true love on the show and is now engaged to be married in August. Rachel also hosts an ESPN radio show called Football Frenzy and has made…
 
Nathan "ShoNuff" Carroll is a high school dropout turned real estate mogul. His marketing/business style is unique. Imagine you were going to buy a home and your realtor showed up with gold teeth in his mouth, smoking a Newport and he says, "I'm ShoNuff. Come rock with the flyest." That's how ShoNuff handles his clientele. Being around ShoNuff is l…
 
I promise you’ve never met anybody like Myron Rolle. Retired NFL player, Rhodes Scholar, former #1 recruit in the country, Freshman All American at Florida St, confidant of former President Bill Clinton, Harvard-bred, featured on a Bahamian stamp..these are some of the things that describe what Myron Rolle has accomplished, but it does not begin to…
 
On Thanksgiving Eve I linked up with one of my closest friends, Mike Simmons aka Smooth aka Folio Sims aka Carpaccio. Mike runs a basketball program in Miami called Pro Day Academy where he specializes in player development. He’s as good as anybody in the game at what he does. We talked about his struggles growing up in South Central LA and how tha…
 
To me she will always be the sister of my friend Too Tan Disco Dan, but to Yankee fans all over she is their connection to the team. For 7 years, Meredith Marakovits has been the clubhouse reporter for the New York Yankees on the Yes Network. She has worked her way up from the sidelines of arena football and minor league baseball to a stint with th…
 
This conversation was recorded in an undisclosed location, under an agreement of anonymity. My guests included a 30-something year old bookie and his old-school "wiseguy" uncle. We discussed the legalization of sports gambling and its impact on their business. Uncle "Wiseguy" reminisced fondly about the time he went on trial for racketeering. And w…
 
The last time John "Shaky" Rains was on Keepin' It A Hundo he didn't hold back. He detailed his 40+ years living on the streets of Miami as a crack addict. He had recently stopped using and gained access to a homeless shelter. That was 6 months ago. We spent some time together last week to celebrate his birthday and discuss his current battle with …
 
Very few young men make it out out of Academy Homes, a housing project in Roxbury, Mass. Elton Tyler is one of the few. His story is not unlike many athletes that make it out of the hood, but the one thing that stands out about his story is he ended the cycle. His daughter Amina (my Goddaughter) will not grow up without a father, like he did. That …
 
I recently stopped by The Walbert Estate in Atlanta to talk to Mike Walbert about his company a3c aka All 3 Coasts. It's one of the premiere hip hop festivals in the world. This year the headliners include Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne and Dipset. Last year, it was Nas. We talked about the growth of a3c and the direction it's headed, the influence ATL ha…
 
This is another story about an immigrant child that came to the US with nothing. Andrew Jang was adopted from an orphanage in South Korea by an American family. He was raised on a farm, in a rural town in Iowa, in a house full of adopted kids. This isn't exactly the recipe for a successful career in fashion. Despite his lack of interest in sports, …
 
If there were more people in the world like Che Scott the world would be a better place. However, as we discuss in this weeks podcast, to live this way is very challenging. I would even go as far as saying he is living an alternative lifestyle. I have known Che since our days at the University of Miami. He has been preaching abstinence ever since a…
 
Solvan “Slick” Naim is a talented dude. He raps, he writes, he acts and he directs. In his first feature film, “Full Circle”, he does all four. He’s also the younger brother of my good friend Habib. In the rap game he goes by the name “Slick Da Misfit”. Lately, he’s been directing episodes of several well-known TV shows including The Blacklist, Pow…
 
Back in 2009, when Jimmy Bannos Jr. was only 25 he opened The Purple Pig on Michigan Ave in Chicago. Since then, this 4th generation chef has not only survived, but he has thrived. He has racked up many accolades including a James Beard Award and in January People Magazine named him one of America's sexiest chefs. More importantly, he has built a r…
 
Episode 14 of Keepin’ It A Hundo with Riddick Bowe is now available on Apple Podcasts. Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe is literally and figuratively the biggest guest I've had on my podcast. He's 6'5" 300 pounds...allegedly. He is a 2 time heavyweight champ of the world and finished his career 43-1. He beat Evander Holyfield twice and he was the first man…
 
Epsiode 13 of Keepin’ It A Hundo is my first international podcast. I took my podcasting talents to Mexico and had a very relaxing conversation with my “primo” Cesar Carrillo aka Young Al Capone. The podcast was recorded on a private beach at his home in Isla Mujeres. Sometimes all you need is a laptop, a microphone and a bottle of Mezcal to make i…
 
Today’s guest on Keepin’ It A Hundo is Jeff Koen (pronounced Kee-Own). I played high school football with Jeff, but more importantly he now makes a living as a standup comedian and a part time dog sitter. Growing up Jeff was always the funniest kid in the room, unless Johnny Heck had a a six pack in him. We recently sat down at The King's Grant Inn…
 
In 2002 I was in a bad place. One of my closest friends, Chris Campbell, had just died in a car accident on his way to pick me up. It messed me up pretty bad. I stopped working. I was suffering from severe depression. At the same time, a kid from Miami by way of the US Virgin Islands, named Raja Bell had been languishing in the CBA for the Yakima S…
 
Jayne Caldwell and Quincy Hewitt started playing football in Australia. They loved playing so much that they moved to the US to play in the LFL, the highest level possible for women. LFL stands for Legends Football League, but many people know it as its previous name, the Lingerie Football League. They both play for the Chicago Bliss, a force every…
 
Jesus “Zeus” Hernandez is the epitome of the American Dream. He and his mother Idalia immigrated to the US in 1980, when they boarded a boat in Cuba’s Mariel Harbor, seeking asylum from oppressive dictator Fidel Castro. The Mariel boatlift is part of modern American history. It changed the entire city of Miami forever. It also gave a young boy an o…
 
Long before he was Blacknoyz, he was part of The Committee. That was our crew back at the University of Miami. I've been hanging with him since the 90's. This was back when nobody could touch The U. The football team was undefeated and won a National Championship in 2001. Not only were they unstoppable on the field, but they were undefeated on the …
 
Part 2 of my conversation with Mikkey Halsted includes our discussion about why he would never work with R Kelly again, race as a social construct, gun violence in Chicago, and the time Mikkey gave J Cole work on the basketball court. We also reveal the top 5 Mickey's of all time and have a hard time trying to decide who would win a steel cage matc…
 
In 2008, Lil Wayne told XXL magazine that Mikkey Halsted was the man that inspired his music. Remember, at that point in time Weezy was on top of the music world. Before all that though, Mikkey came up rapping with a teenager named Kanye West. This was before Kanye was Yeesus. Mikkey was the best rapper in Chicago and everybody knew it. That’s why …
 
In 2013, Bleacher Report listed him as one of the top 5 QB gurus in the country. Steve "Cutta" Calhoun is the mind and the arm behind "Armed & Dangerous Football", which is based in Southern California. He has worked with many of the NFL's elite QB's and receivers, including this years Super Bowl winning QB Nick Foles. Every summer, Steve works on …
 
Ticha Penicheiro left Figueira da Foz, Portugal in 1994 to play basketball at Old Dominion University in Virginia. She never dreamed that 18 years later she would retire from a 14 year WNBA career as the all time leader in assists and one of the greatest players of all time. Her career brought her all over the world and she still works in basketbal…
 
After a standout career at Florida St, EJ Manuel was taken in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Buffalo Bills made him the first QB taken in the draft. He went on to start as a rookie for the Bills. He spent 4 seasons in Buffalo, until last off season, when he signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. He recently finished his first …
 
Terry Dehere developed a love for basketball growing up in Jersey City. He played for the famed Bob Hurley Sr. at St Anthony's, the #1 high school team in the country at the time. And by the time he left Seton Hall, he was the all time leading scorer in Big East history. He was then drafted in the first round by the Clippers and spent 7 years in th…
 
John "Shaky" Rains has been homeless and living on the streets of Miami for over 40 years. John discusses his rough upbringing in Wichita, Kansas as well as his time spent in a group home for troubled boys on a ranch in Texas and several years at a state mental hospital in Kansas. He also talks about his struggles with drug addiction which had him …
 
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