“Why is the American black man so complacent about being trampled upon? Why doesn’t the American black man fight to be a human being?”
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Fight the Power
My name is Anthony Gilbert, the most known unknown. My co-worker Michael Tillery and I can write circles around you and your staff, however we are rarely given the opportunity to work for you and your publication. In an interesting twist of events, you have recognized our talents by patting us on the back, or offering stories that a high school intern could pen in their sleep.
Michael Tillery is a great writer, and a very good friend. Aside from those qualities, he is an overall nice person. Therefore, allow me if you will to be the bad cop to his good. I write this in the name of Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X. No longer will I acquiesce to you and your excuses. I am a veteran in journalism, and I grew up in West and North Philadelphia, so that makes me a war vet as well. (No disrespect to the US Armed Services and Veterans) I remember when you were the son like Elroy Jetson, that tagged along on assignments, and now you are cutting off your own nose spite your face, by freezing two talented writers out. Its cool, because we don’t need you.
The Starting Five is doing more before 9am, than you could ever imagine. I thank you for the crumbs you have provided over the years, however I am most thankful for not allowing me to work with you, because now you have showed me that you and your organization will need Michael and I, way before we need you.
Its a new day, and this site is only the beginning.
I tested my theory on why black journalist are essential in the 3 major sports of the NBA, NFL, and MLB. In separate interviews with LeBron James, Ryan Howard, Ken Griffey Jr., and Brian Westbrook, I posed the question of, what do you feel as a black athlete when you see a black journalist walk into the locker room? They all gave answers of happiness and respect. You have to understand, you cannot do what Michael and I do. We are former black athletes turned corespondents, so when you interview the players you are as only as good as your affiliation. When we interview people we receive respect unconditionally, because of who we are and where we grew up, not because I write and work for such and such. Back in the 80′s we called it, DOWN BY LAW.
When I think about the name of this website, it invokes memories of my looking up to the 1990 UNLV National Champions, and I am humbled when I reminisce about the POWER and IMPORTANCE of the Fab Five. Larry Johnson, Anderson Hunt, Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon, George Ackles, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson are my generation’s example of black pride, as they proved impossible is nothing.
In the words of Darryl Dawkins, “after everything is said and done, there is nothing left to say or do”
P.S. – to the other gatekeeper, you aren’t from Philadelphia. Can’t be, because if you were, we would recognize you by your actions. Read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, it will give you a better perspective on what it means to be a black journalist.